Sempervivum Silverine

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It forms beautiful, almost geometrical rosettes when grown under the right conditions, with new growth of eaves appearing at the center of the rosette. Younger leaves (usually at the center) are generally green but turn silver as they mature.

Scientific Name:Sempervivum silverine
Other Names:Hen and Chicks, Houseleek, Silverene Hen and Chicks
Growth Season:Spring and summer
Preferred Temperature:Its preferred growing temperature is 18-21oC (65-70oF)
Hardiness Zone:USDA Zone 4-9
Average Mature Height & Width:It rises to 1-2 inches tall with 4-6 inches spread.
Dormancy:It goes dormant in winter.
Toxicity:It may be mildly toxic to pets and humans when ingested.
Sempervivum Silverine Summary

Sempervivum Silverline’s Physical Characteristics

The plant has a mixture of green and silver leaves. These silver leaves are the source of its name. It offsets freely and forms clusters, efficiently working as a beautiful ground color. The foliage is its main attraction but produces some silver flowers in summer.

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Sempervivum Silverline’s 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, ensure the soil is always moist. However, it shouldn’t get soaked as making 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.

It will give you the best results if you expose it direct morning sun and shield it from the scorching afternoon sun.

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Sempervivum Silverine Growth

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

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 or contact pesticides.

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