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by Patty S on July 02, 2006 09:17 AM
I didn't know that Hen & Chicks flowered... & if I'd have made a guess at what they'd look like if they did, it wouldn't have been THIS!

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I've never EVER seen this happen before!

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Apparently they're pretty happy in the wheelbarrow!

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by margaret e. pell on July 02, 2006 04:59 PM
Just wait until they open, they're beautiful! A little subtle in color, but georgous anyway. The head that flowered will die, but with so many offsets, you won't miss them. I'd say you've got the place for them!

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may God bless the WHOLE world!
by Amany on July 02, 2006 05:51 PM
It's very creative and pretty.
by cinta on July 02, 2006 06:12 PM
Patty the first time mine started to bloom I thought they were sick. LOL!!!

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by loz on July 17, 2006 03:44 PM
I hope mine flowers before it dies...the base is getting mushy like it's almost done for.

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by weezie13 on July 17, 2006 04:33 PM
Laura,
Pull that wood stuff away from the base
of the HC, and pull away all of that rotting
leaves..
HC like it dry under them...
*rotting stuff may mean it's too moist
under the bark chips..*

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by loz on July 18, 2006 05:23 AM
Duh, I never even thought of that! [nutz]

I'll head out later and do that when it cools down......it's so hot. I just thought it was getting ready to die already.
by Tonya on July 18, 2006 12:53 PM
Very cool! My mom just gave me all the "babies" from her hens and chicks...Any suggestions on care??

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by loz on July 18, 2006 02:03 PM
I just planted mine in the ground...that's it! [Big Grin]

I forgot about them in the fall and they stayed out there and made it through the winter just fine.....

My neighbor has hers stuffed in a strawberry pot and they look so cool! [thumb]
by Patty S on July 25, 2006 12:48 PM
Loz, did yours flower up like this?
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they were definitely prettier once the flowers opened up! I don't think they lasted very long though... I got so busy with company coming, I didn't have time to pay attention to them. [Frown]

I've never seen succulents bloom before! But then I never paid much attention to flowers before! (I'm SOOO glad I found this place... & am allowed to live here with all the friendly & pretty that goes on!) [kissies]

ANYWAY... I'm wondering if they do this every year, or if maybe some years the conditions are just right, that makes them put out blossoms. [dunno]

Everywhere I look, succulents are blooming, & they're all different! These are the blossoms that my gal pal in Vancouver, WA has on her Hen & Chicks.
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In the same wheelbarrow as my Hen & Chicks, I have a bunch of different types of succulents, & they're flowering, too!
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Sedum

And so are the ones under my Tea Rose bush!
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I think this is Dragons Blood... maybe (?)

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by Triss on July 25, 2006 12:59 PM
I just popped all mine in the ground as well and they are doing great. No blooms on my hens and chicks but other succulents have bloomed.

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We are all under the same stars... therefore we are never far apart.
by margaret e. pell on July 27, 2006 01:47 AM
The 'head' of sempervivum (hen & chicks) that blooms will die. Hopefully it has already put out offsets!

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may God bless the WHOLE world!
by penny in ontario on July 27, 2006 02:32 AM
Those are so pretty Patty, looks great!

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by loz on July 27, 2006 02:51 AM
Very pretty Patty! [thumb] I've been keeping an eye on mine...it's getting close to blooming but no cigar yet. Once it dies there will be 4 chicks left.
by comfrey on July 27, 2006 03:59 AM
Very pretty Patty & Loz! I have never had much luck with placing mine in the ground, but they do fine for me if I have them in a container of some sort. I think the spring and fall rains cause them to rot, but being in a container they dry out quicker???

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by dodge on July 27, 2006 02:52 PM
I have a whole line of hens and chickens blooming..Red

they look like a bunch of soldiers lined up and in bloom........
No care at allhere..Planted mine is soil that is gravel stuff.. Nothing will grow there.

They multiply like crazy..
dodge

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by gardeningmomma on July 27, 2006 03:25 PM
Dodge,
How do you winterize them? I'd love to have some, but am in Zone 5, and don't have room for them inside.
Thanks.
by loz on July 27, 2006 04:03 PM
Mine stay outside in the ground all year long....I'm in zone 6.
by dodge on July 27, 2006 04:05 PM
gardeningmomma

i am zone either 5 or 6 ......Western Penna.

I let them outside all winter.. I do have one of those planters with them in it.. I just put it under the porch in the winter and take it out in the spring......
Or you can make a pot for them out of a plastic container , like a bucket , just cut holes all over it .....Takes winter well here.

try it.
Will get a photo for you to see later.
dodge [clappy]

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by Patty S on August 17, 2006 06:43 AM
I'm trying to figure out, now that the Hen & Chicks are all done blooming & have died off...
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are these new babies? ...or seeds? ...or just dead flowers?
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If I take them off the stems & put them in soil, will they grow? [dunno]

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by weezie13 on August 17, 2006 07:45 AM
I think for me,
I pull them off in spring clean up...
*not usually fall clean up*
***Only cause I'm usually toooooo busy***

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by penny in ontario on August 17, 2006 07:52 AM
looks great patty!!!

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by Patty S on August 17, 2006 08:57 AM
quote:
I pull them off in spring clean up...
*not usually fall clean up*

.... and? [dunno]

Are they babies, or seeds, or what? [perplexed]
What do you do with them?

(Ya, Penny... I suppose they DO look great... for DEAD STUFF!)  -

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by weezie13 on August 17, 2006 09:01 AM
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Originally posted by Patty S:
quote:
I pull them off in spring clean up...
*not usually fall clean up*

.... and? [dunno]

Are they babies, or seeds, or what? [perplexed]
What do you do with them?

They pretty much take care of themselves..
I think the empty hole makes room for the others to spread out on either side really...

I never really got down and examined them to be sincerely honest....
The pile/patch just keeps growing/expanding.... [Big Grin]

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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http://photobucket.com/albums/y250/weezie13/
by Patty S on August 17, 2006 09:17 AM
Hmmm!!!  - The empty hole theory, eh?! I guess I never thought about that!

(It WOULD be pretty rude for Mother Nature to just leave those holes empty, in my wheel barrow! ...I guess she's got it covered then!) [grin]

I'll put them back in there & see what happens!

Thanx, weezie! [kissies]
(Sometimes I think that if I'd just pause & ponder, you wouldn't have to answer my silly questions!) [Big Grin]


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by weezie13 on August 17, 2006 10:30 AM
Patty,
That realllllly is a cute lil'set up there!!
I do like it alot.........

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Thanx, weezie!
(Sometimes I think that if I'd just pause & ponder, you wouldn't have to answer my silly questions!)

The only reason I could give you an answer is
cause I'm such a slow gardener' that, that plant is one that I really have to do anything to...

Or I have to uncover some of it from the ant
hills back here...

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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