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post #91 of 183 (permalink) Old 12-16-2013, 01:14 AM
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Wow! Impressive! Beautiful! I've never seen hens and chicks in that rich red color.
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I just checked out your photo library......where did you get these plants? The variety is amazing. So beautiful.
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I was lucky in that a local nursery carries many varieties, but there are some amazing online nurseries out there such as Squaw Mountain Gardens. Plus I've done trades with people in the sempervivum forum at All Things Plants.

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wow amazing stuff. Saw your gallary. So jealous of people and their back/front yard succulent gardens :P Ive had semps for almost a year now and majority of them were green the entire summer. They are in my balcony facing west which gets the most sun from any direction. I guess its still not enough for them to go red.

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Winter makes them red. They are reddest in the spring and early summer and get greener throughout summer.

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Thanks for the plant sites. Going to check them out. Keep posting
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I know Ive not updated but I got more pressing concerns

I posted this on another forum but have not got help yet, so Im posting here as well because I know there are knowledgeable people here.

"Hi guys, the temps finally went above freezing for two days in my balcony since, I dont know, at least a month so theyve not gotten water since.
One of my semp has turned white, dunno what it is. This is before the watering, I think.

Last night I watered them, it was 1c so it could be the plants were at the freezing mark. It was dark so I couldnt see, just watered them nicely. I wanted to water asap because it takes a while to dry out. Its almost at the freezing mark right now.

So I watered them and this morning many of them are just...flat. What the heck happened? They look soggy too. Did I make a mistake?"




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If they're soggy then they froze. I have a few that did this 2 nights ago. I forgot to bring them in the house. I thought they would be safe inside my greenhouse.
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I have all of mine outside where it got -12 F (-24 C). Some are in the ground and some are in pots. I have learned over the years to never ever water them in the winter. Even if they look shriveled. They are dormant. Once spring comes they will plump out again.

I do lose some, but the vast majority live.

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Thanks for the response.

So I heard the ones that are flat are dead. This sucks!! I watered them when it was above freezing. But they are soggy, which does mean they are most likely dead. I still dont understand about the white brown semp, how that happened.

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As you are well aware by now watering plants when temperatures are close to freezing is a big no no. Especially potted plants. The damage is already done though. While the worst of frost damage usually shows its self almost instantly, it can take up to two weeks for the damage to manifest itself. The only thing you can do at this point is wait and hope for the best. Don't toss the brown ones yet. There is still a chance there is some life left in them, although highly unlikely I figured id let you know.

I have had to deal with mealybugs one time. It was actually when I first started to collect succulents. By the time I realized I had a problem they reached epic proportions. Once I figured out they were root mealys I tried everything I could. In the end I just tossed what I had and started fresh. Now whenever I get new plants I quarantine them as I acclimate them to my to my lighting conditions. luckily for you normal mealys are easy to deal with. You can eradicate them rather quickly with h2o2 treatments or insecticidal soaps . When I get home ill check my notes to let you know how concentrated the h2o2 should be. I would use a fan to get some air movement around your plants indoors to help keep them in check. Don't let this discourage you. You can manage this.

Besides the bugs how are the plants doing under the lights?(specifically the Agave)

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Hi Patrick, totally missed out this thread.

Im so sad about my semps. Majority of them are probably dead. I wont be touching them till spring, thats when I will toss them out and see what to plant.

The plants with mealy are reduced to almost nothing. Like you mentioned I found out too late. Im not sure if they are still alive, its very annoying. Im seeing small leaves coming out of two different plants but I still see white spots here and there. I cant tell if they are still here. If I do see an actual mealy walking around, I will rain with soapy water and isopropyl if necessary.

The rest of the plants have not grown under my light. Agaves have not grown, my parviflora's outer leaves have gone black. Im not sure whats causing that but I should google search it. The cactus shriveled up. I thought the low humidity was killing them but after googling, they are just hibernating. The rest of aloes and succs are dorment as well. They dont look any worse or better, just the same. So Ive been on my toes all winter hoping for spring to come. It seems no succulents or plants I keep indoors for the winter do well. Which is why initially I wanted to keep plants hardy to my zone.

On a side note my parents keep many tropical plants as well. For some reason one of the creeping plant just died. The other plants are getting yellow leaves. Im not sure if its from over watering or underwatering. Its only 1 or 2 species of plants doing this.

I hope everythings going well with you Patrick?

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UPDATE!!! My bro is awsome. He bought some really cool plants for me. Ones a senecio stapeliiformis kilimanjaro, the rest I have no idea. Can you guys ID them so I can search on how to take care? One is an air plant. Low humidity is bad? I can try to put it in a glass bowl and fill it with water or something.




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My succulent bowl. It's about a year old now.



I usually dump a glass of water once a week and just leave it. Sunny SoCal treats it well.
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Can you guys ID them so I can search on how to take care? One is an air plant. Low humidity is bad? I can try to put it in a glass bowl and fill it with water or something.

Tillandsia bulbosa... a fairly easy & hardy tilly. Should be okay with low humidty. A good soak (in a container of water for a couple hours, or more, once a week) will probably suffice. Should be okay resting on top of the soil (as shown in your picture)... no need to plant directly into soil. If kept outdoors, make sure it is well shaded with "no" full sun.
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