Succulents in Pennsylvania?

fandog(6a)July 26, 2013

Recently moved and i found a whole patch of these on the east side of the house. They have squishy leaves like a succulent and form pups as they grow which explains the huge patch of them.

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sempervivum, people have them in there landscaping some here in western ny as well

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 9:41PM
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Awesome, thanks. At the risk of being scolded by someone for not only talking about houseplants, could these sempervivum be used on banks that are too steep to mow. Some people use ivy or blue junipers as ground cover, but if it would work it would be cool to use these.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 9:57PM
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from what I've seen its pretty hard to get scolded here. now if you head into some of the other sections then use caution! lol

I know nothing about landscaping but my thought is maybe the incline would improve drainage thus giving the succulent the dry environment it wants? plus lots of sun

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 10:24PM
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auron22(6b OH)

I wouldn't be too worried about not being relevant, house plants forum isn't fussy about that. Usually we all just like to talk about plants...period, and always enjoy photos of plants. Purple has a better way of putting it....(pretty sure it's purple?).

Anyway, it will probably work, but i'm worried if it will be dense enough to keep out unwanted plants. Wouldn't be fun weeding a steep bank while avoiding stepping on sempervivum. This is a good topic for cacti & succulents forum. You'll get reliable information from them on whether or not it's a good idea. I'll provide a link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cacti & Succulent forum

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 10:26PM
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marquest(z5 PA)

Yes they work wonders on a hill and you will not have to worry about watering or mowing. Do a google on them you may find you want to buy more and add to what you have. You can buy some other colors.

They do grow close enough to smother weeds but depending on how big the hillside is it may take a few years. I used them on a slope and between bricks. They like lean soil which also keeps out weeds because the soil is not rich and because you will water less even the weeds that may come up here and there die from the dry.

This is a slope at another house. I laid some cardboard down, picked up some marble chips and planted. I made pockets between the rocks put some soil in and planted the sempervivum.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 2:30AM
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