Informational Forum forum: Oh My, How You’ve Changed Little Sempervivum

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Jun 7, 2016 6:50 AM CST
Name: Chris
Wisconsin z4
One of the things I find most fascinating about sempervivum plants is how they change during a year. That can also be one of the most confusing things about buying semps...more on that later. The way they look is influenced by many factors: Moisture, location in your yard, planting medium, amount of sun, season of the year, temperature, maturity of the plant, etc.

That’s why it’s so difficult to identify sempervivum plants once you’ve lost the tag. If a name is lost we just refer to them as a NOID (No Identification). That doesn’t make them any less beautiful and lots of people don’t care about the names to begin with. However, if you’re selling them it’s quite important.

If you buy a plant on-line, of course the seller will want to post the best picture of their plants to show them off. You’ll notice in my store that I use only my own pictures and try to show them in various times during to year so you won’t be surprised if they don’t look “exactly like the picture” when you receive them. By each plant you’ll notice the words “View This Product”. If you click on that it will give you more information for that particular plant including several pictures during the year (for the most part).

Here are some examples of how semps can change throughout the year.

'Lipstick' in April
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'Lipstick' in July
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'Lipstick' in September
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'Spring' in May
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'Spring' in June
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'Spring' in September
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Each plant is pretty in any season, but very difficult to ID if you've lost the tag!

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