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Sempervivum tectorum, commonly known as Common Houseleek or Hens and Chicks, is a resilient and popular succulent plant known for its rosette-shaped foliage and ability to form clusters over time. Here’s a care sheet tailored for Sempervivum tectorum:

Light: Sempervivum tectorum thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily, especially in cooler climates. In hot summer regions, provide partial shade during the hottest part of the day to prevent leaf scorching.

Watering: Water Sempervivum tectorum deeply but infrequently. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. These succulents are drought-tolerant and prefer dry conditions. Water sparingly in winter when growth slows down.

Soil: Plant Sempervivum tectorum in a well-draining succulent or cactus mix. A sandy soil with excellent drainage is ideal. Ensure the pot or planting area has adequate drainage to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot.

Temperature and Humidity: Sempervivum tectorum is hardy to USDA zones 3-8 and can tolerate cold temperatures down to -30°F (-34°C). It prefers moderate temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C) during the growing season. Protect from extreme heat and provide good air circulation to prevent humidity-related issues.

Fertilizing: Sempervivum tectorum generally does not require fertilizer. If desired, feed sparingly with a balanced, diluted fertilizer formulated for succulents once in early spring as growth begins.

Propagation: Propagate Sempervivum tectorum easily from offsets (the chicks) that develop around the base of the main rosette. Gently separate the offsets and plant them in well-draining soil. Keep the soil lightly moist until they establish roots.

Pruning: Trim dead or damaged leaves as needed to maintain the plant's appearance. Remove spent rosettes after flowering to encourage new growth.

Pests and Problems: Sempervivum tectorum is generally pest-resistant. However, watch for common succulent pests such as aphids or mealybugs. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Avoid overwatering to prevent fungal issues.

Potting and Repotting: Repot Sempervivum tectorum only when necessary, as they prefer being slightly root-bound. Choose a shallow pot with drainage holes to accommodate the shallow root system.

Special Care Notes:

  • Sempervivum tectorum is prized for its ability to withstand neglect and harsh conditions. It’s an excellent choice for rock gardens, container gardens, or dry landscapes.
  • During the winter months, protect outdoor plants from excessive moisture and ensure good drainage to prevent frost damage.

By following these care guidelines, you can successfully grow and enjoy Sempervivum tectorum, appreciating its resilience and charming rosette clusters in your garden or containers.

Sempervivum tectorum

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