plant received as a present

amaryllis52(10a)August 10, 2014

Hey Guys,

I have just received this plant and I have no idea what it's called. Do you know it's name so I can find out if any special caring is needed?

Thanks a lot

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second image from a different angle.

Unfortunately I don't know any additional details about it. The leafs are pretty hard and thick and some leafs have reddish endings

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 4:57PM
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A sempervivum. One of the hens & chicks variety? Looks like the hen is about to set a flower (not showy at all) - which happens every several years. That parent will likely eventually die off leaving you a pot full of the little chicks.

Make a great houseplant. Don't know what they would do planted outside in your zone. I've had some for many years in a rock wall that survive winter air temps of 30-40o below zero.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hens & Chicks

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 6:31PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Yes, a Sempervivum.

The pot should have a drain hole. Water only when the potting mix is dry (perhaps every 2 weeks). It will be happiest outdoors in sun -- but if it hasn't been growing in full sun, transition it gradually over the course of a couple of weeks.

I can't tell what sort of medium it's growing in, but ideally it should be a gritty, quick-draining mix.

More and better care info at GW's Cacti & Succulents forum.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 6:40PM
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