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Propagating Sempervivens 

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I have always had a love of propagation and to be honest it’s the biggest thing I miss during my current role. It was always a joy to take a cutting and see it as like magic, this little bit of growth turns into a new plant. But I do have a new project waiting to start in my garden at home, it’s a new playhouse for the children, finished off with a green roof of alpines! Sounds good but after working out the amount required, I felt I had to propagate some of the ones I already grow at home and the Chicken and Hen plant or houseleek, Sempervivum, would be an ideal one to start! I love the different colours, shapes and forms of this rather simple but beautiful succulent plant 

So here’s how I propagated them, as you can see it’s pretty easy, so why not give it ago and see how you get one 

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First of all I brought all the items I needed, I cheated with the potting mix, using the cactus compost which is a good free draining compost, ideal for propagating Sempervivums
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Filled the modules with the compost and gave it a tap to level the compost off, didn’t firm it down too much
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Then gently pulled up a small side shoot off the one I want to propagate, notice the small roots coming off the bottom of the plant
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Then just shorted the stem a little using my razor sharp secateurs, this is just so they fit better into the plugs and I keep the stem on just to stabilise the plant while the roots grow
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Using a dibber (or 6” nail!) to make a small hole, big enough for the the stem to fit into
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Gently put the Sempervivums into the hole and gently push compost around the stem using the dibber not your fingers as that will encourage moss to form
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If you are propagating a named plants, it’s well worth labelling the cuttings, I like to put date propagated as well, so I know how long it took to root. It’s worth putting the label on the first one you do each time
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Give it a good water and place on a sunny window still and wait for a few weeks for them to root, check daily and remove any that haven’t made it

And that’s it a nice easy bit of propagation and money saved, every Sempervivum costs about £2 in most shops so for about a £5 in materials I have saved £67, ideal to spent on other plants! 

I hope you enjoyed my blog and let me know how you get on if you have a go 

4 thoughts on “Propagating Sempervivens 

  1. Lovely Thomas I have a friend who has planted these in the lovely garden sifts and hung on wall absolutely fab!

    1. They look stunning on a wall don’t they

  2. Thanks for that, useful and informative. I have a few different succulents, will give it a go.

    1. No problems and if you get any queries, please feel free to ask away

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