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Old 10-10-2014, 01:54 AM   #166
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The cylinders/leaves are what I mean for you to break off. You should then be left with a stem.

I know what you mean about hormones, but I keep a container of it at all times. You never know when you'll need it. The fungicide can help.
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Old 10-10-2014, 03:09 AM   #167
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The cylinders/leaves are what I mean for you to break off. You should then be left with a stem.

I know what you mean about hormones, but I keep a container of it at all times. You never know when you'll need it. The fungicide can help.
Ok cool, thanks for that. I should wait till spring to do this, but they are already too long. Plus I will have T8 and a t5ho as lighting for the winter, so Im not worried about low lighting. Ill have to thing about it.
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:18 PM   #168
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Sorry for dredging this thread up. I've been mauling over trying these plants but as an indoor only plant year round. I've not found a large amount of info online about indoor only care for Sempervivum species (hen and chick plants). The one brief mention I found says they won't be as colorful but still will grow. I've been trying to find photos of indoor only semp.s to see how much duller they'd be. House temp is 65-75F, humidity around 50, would be by a sw window on a inner wall with supplemented 6500k lights (t5,t8, or cfl.. haven't decided yet). I'm curious if anyone who's posted here -or see this and owns hen and chick plants- has tried keeping any indoors year round and how successful and colorful they've been?
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:54 PM   #169
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Sorry for dredging this thread up. I've been mauling over trying these plants but as an indoor only plant year round. I've not found a large amount of info online about indoor only care for Sempervivum species (hen and chick plants). The one brief mention I found says they won't be as colorful but still will grow. I've been trying to find photos of indoor only semp.s to see how much duller they'd be. House temp is 65-75F, humidity around 50, would be by a sw window on a inner wall with supplemented 6500k lights (t5,t8, or cfl.. haven't decided yet). I'm curious if anyone who's posted here -or see this and owns hen and chick plants- has tried keeping any indoors year round and how successful and colorful they've been?
I've tried keeping one in a terrarium, and it did alright with it ambient room everything. Watered it maybe 1-2 times a week. The only thing I had an issue with was the light. Maybe indirect but very bright sunlight would work, but the artificial lighting I had was only enough to keep it alive and make it get veeeery leggy.
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I've tried keeping one in a terrarium, and it did alright with it ambient room everything. Watered it maybe 1-2 times a week. The only thing I had an issue with was the light. Maybe indirect but very bright sunlight would work, but the artificial lighting I had was only enough to keep it alive and make it get veeeery leggy.
Thank you for the response! Can you tell me what type of like you used? kelvin? How long it was on and how close it was to the plant?



I found a little more on the plants and seems they really need their cold/dormant period... I may end up not getting them because of this. I want a year round indoor setup, but can't jack house temp low enough for proper winter dormancy without risking pipes bursting and fish getting very grumpy (tank heaters aren't high enough wattage to deal with air temp at 50-60F and keep tanks 76-80F), and moving them outside or into the garage with a light for 1/3-1/4 the year would defeat the purpose of the setup. I may instead try air plants (Tillandsia), or some other easy 'small' (stay 1' or under) house plants.
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Thank you for the response! Can you tell me what type of like you used? kelvin? How long it was on and how close it was to the plant?
My bad, I totally forgot I only had the Chick in the terrarium for the time before I put a desklamp over it and blasted as much light in that thing as it could take. I had the Chick planted in crappy clay soil and had to take off for a month without watering it. It died, no surprise.

I used a floor lamp with a 6700k bulb, but that was over 20" away and definitely too little light. The desklight thing would have probably worked. Here's some pics of what I had.

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Thank you for the response! Can you tell me what type of like you used? kelvin? How long it was on and how close it was to the plant?



I found a little more on the plants and seems they really need their cold/dormant period... I may end up not getting them because of this. I want a year round indoor setup, but can't jack house temp low enough for proper winter dormancy without risking pipes bursting and fish getting very grumpy (tank heaters aren't high enough wattage to deal with air temp at 50-60F and keep tanks 76-80F), and moving them outside or into the garage with a light for 1/3-1/4 the year would defeat the purpose of the setup. I may instead try air plants (Tillandsia), or some other easy 'small' (stay 1' or under) house plants.
I flipped through my book on succulents and here are some plants that have a look similar to Sempervivum and may do well without a cold dormancy.

Abromeitiella- Argentina, Bolivia
Aeonium- Canary Islands, Morocco
Agave- Mexico
Dudleya- Mexico
Dyckia- Brazil
Echeveria- Mexico
Graptopetalum- Mexico

The following are from South Africa and this is a good site for cultural info on SA plants. Take care, as the info is for SA climate and outdoor growth. Remember the seasons are opposite for us. http://www.plantzafrica.com/index.html

Adromischus
Aloe
Crassula
Haworthia

Some of these are huge genera and you will have to search for availability, suitability, and how it looks.

Hope this helps.
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I flipped through my book on succulents and here are some plants that have a look similar to Sempervivum and may do well without a cold dormancy.

Abromeitiella- Argentina, Bolivia
Aeonium- Canary Islands, Morocco
Agave- Mexico
Dudleya- Mexico
Dyckia- Brazil
Echeveria- Mexico
Graptopetalum- Mexico

The following are from South Africa and this is a good site for cultural info on SA plants. Take care, as the info is for SA climate and outdoor growth. Remember the seasons are opposite for us. http://www.plantzafrica.com/index.html

Adromischus
Aloe
Crassula
Haworthia

Some of these are huge genera and you will have to search for availability, suitability, and how it looks.

Hope this helps.
Thank you for the info! I'll look into those.
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