Sempervivum ‘Gold Nugget’

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This plant is a cultivar discovered by Chris Hansen, it is a daughter of another cultivar known as Sempervivum ‘Ruby Heart.’ It is a mold-forming plant with unique gold-green leaves that form a rosette.

Scientific Name:Sempervivum ‘Gold Nuggets’
Other Names: House Leeks, Hen and Chicks.
Growth Season:Spring and summer
Preferred Temperature:Its preferred growing temperature is 18-21oC (65-70oF)
Hardiness Zone:USDA Zone 3-8
Average Mature Height & Width:It rises to about 2-3 inches with a width of 6-8 inches.
Dormancy:It goes dormant in winter.
Toxicity:It may be mildly toxic to pets and humans when ingested.
Sempervivum ‘Gold Nugget’ Summary

Sempervivum Gold Nugget Physical Characteristics

This unique mold-forming succulent forms beautiful rosettes. Individual rosettes are small but clump-forming, thus covering considerable ground. This foliage is golden green, but its margins turn red when exposed to the intense summer sun. The color turns golden yellow but with dark-yellow margins during winter. These leaves, which are the succulent’s greatest attraction, are thick. This plant doesn’t bloom often, and there is no record of the nature of its flowers or the habit of its blooming. 

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Sempervivum Gold Nugget Care

It is a typical succulent that doesn’t require much water to grow or survive. Water it during spring and summer but refrain from watering it in winter since the plant is usually dormant.

In summer, when the sun is hot, ensure the soil is consistently moist. However, it shouldn’t get soaked. Soaked pottage makes the plant susceptible to root rot. The balance between keeping your substrate moist and protecting it from waterlogging depends on the type of pottage you use. A substrate rich in gravel ensures that most of the water passes through, leaving only moisture on the soil.

If growing it in a pot, ensure it has sufficient drainage holes to allow the water to pass through after giving the plant a drink. An unglazed terracotta pot is ideal as it is breathable, allowing the roots to get enough oxygen. The pores on the surface of the unglazed pot allow faster evaporation of any extra moisture in the pottage.

It will give you the best results if you expose it direct morning sun and shield it from the scorching afternoon sun. You can feed the succulent some potassium and phosphorus-rich fertilizer once during the growing season. Too much nitrogen can cause the leaves to get soggy. Also, a liquid, slow-release fertilizer is the best for feeding this succulent. 

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Sempervivum ‘Gold Nugget’ Growth

It is a prolific off-setter, and you can get your pups from the base of this plant for propagation. Plant these offsets as for daughter plants. Also, you can propagate by seed if any have grown to maturity in plants in your garden.

Pruning is not necessary for this plant’s general well-being. You want to keep the leaves as intact as possible to keep the rosettes in their pristine beauty. Repotting is only done when the subject plant has outgrown the pot or if the pottage has been depleted of nutrients or gravel.

Mealybugs, aphids, and spider mites are some of the bugs that may attack them. You can protect the plant using systemic pesticides such as need oil and keeping it healthy. Contact pesticides help when you already have an infestation in your plants.

Before you leave …

Sempervivum ‘Gold Nugget’ is no longer a stranger to succulent lovers. Thanks to Chris Hansen who found this wonderful plant! Is there anything you want to know more of this plant? Send me an email or leave a comment!

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Richard | Editor-in-chief at Succulent City

Hey everyone! I’m Richard. Welcome to my blog, which is all about succulents, cacti, and a bit about air plants. Ten years back, in 2013, I began my journey with succulents. It started as a simple hobby, crafting and selling charming succulent-themed pins and decorations. But as time passed, my fascination with these remarkable plants grew, and I gained extensive knowledge about them. Therefore, Succulent City is the blog as you see it is now. Enjoy your visit and happly planting!

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