My Sempervivum Blog forum: Is It Real? (Sempervivum 'Plastic')

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Sep 6, 2015 11:30 AM CST
Name: Chris
Wisconsin z4
That’s the question I often hear when people see ‘Plastic’ for the first time. It has extremely thick, waxy leaves and literally looks like it’s made out of plastic! While I find that it’s a very pretty plant in the garden, I also like growing this one in containers. When this semp is feeling stressed due to heat, lack of moisture, extreme temperature swings, etc., that’s when it really shows off some fancy colors! You don’t want it to get so stressed that it dies, so if you attempt to force some drastic color changes, keep an eye on it so you don’t overdo it. I find that it stays quite small when container grown vs. garden grown too. This is one that should be in every semp lovers collection!

(Click on any picture to enlarge it.)

Grown in the ground:
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Container grown plants:
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This photo is of the same plant grown in a container right next to it grown in the ground. Same sun, water, temps, etc. This is over a years' time.
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