Sempervivum 'Glowing Embers' is a beautiful, rosette-forming succulent up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall and up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter…
Sempervivum ‘Glowing Embers’ is an attractive, rosette-forming succulent up to 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall and up to 15 cm (6 inches) in diameter. It is one of the most strikingly colored in summer. All bronze in winter, a green heart in spring and glowing orange-red tips in summer. The blooms are rose-red in color.
Scientific Name: Sempervivum ‘Glowing Embers’
Common Names: Hen and Chicks, Houseleek, Live Forever
It thrives best in full sun to light shade. In indoor, an east or west-facing window where they receive four to six hours of sunlight is ideal.
It grows well in a well-drained succulent mix, with an ideal pH around 6.0 (slightly acidic) or an equal part sharp sand with an all-purpose potting mix.
Water regularly during the summer and spring. keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. You can allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between each watering. Reduce water in the winter.
It prefers an average summer temperature 65 degrees Fahrenheit – 70 degrees Fahrenheit / 18 degrees Celsius – 21 degrees Celsius. In winter, some varieties can withstand temperatures down to freezing.
Fertilize with a controlled-release fertilizer at the beginning of the season or weekly with a weak liquid solution. Use a balanced 20-20-20 fertilizer at 1/4 strength on mature plants, and a fertilizer with less nitrogen on young plants.
Re-pot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To re-pot, a succulent, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you re-pot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot.
Pests and Diseases:
It has no serious pest or disease problems. Mealybugs can be a problem, and if dead leaves are not expelled from the plant, it can attract other insect pests or have problems with fungus.
It can be easily propagated by offsets, leaves or small cuttings. Take leaves or small cuttings and allow them to dry and heal over for about a week. Next place them in the sand and wait for the tiny rosettes to start in a few weeks. Sempervivum earned their famous name “Hen and Chicks” from their growth habit. The mother plant, or hen, sends off numerous offsets, which will cluster around her base like chicks. These offsets can be easily re-potted, or the plants can be left to form a clumping mat.
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Sempervivum ‘Glowing Embers’ forms very striking rosettes of bright rose-red succulent leaves, having light gray-green hearts in spring which flush to bronze in winter. Displays rose-red flowers.
What are Sempervivum? Sempervivum means “always alive”. They are commonly called Hens & Chicks as the Mother, or Hen will send out Babies, or Chicks to quickly multiply and create a beautiful patch of succulent bliss. Sempervivum are monocarpic and will expire after blooming, although the Chicks will quickly fill in the space left by the Mother. These plants are almost always changing color, so don’t be surprised if they look completely different through the seasons.
Where do they thrive? Hens & Chicks grow best in well-drained, gravelly soil that is not wet in winter. ‘Wet feet’ may cause the plant to rot. They are drought tolerant once established. Great in containers and rock gardens, including small crevices or spaces with limited soil.
Glowing Embers is an award-winning selection from Dr. Michael Dirr's plant evaluation program at the University of Georgia, chosen for its vigorous growth rate, brilliant fall color, and adaptability to a wide variety of landscape conditions. It thrives in full sun and tolerates drought better than most trees in it class. Red, orange, yellow and purple leaves provide a kaleidoscope of fiery color in fall. The color sequence of each leaf varies, and a single branch may display four distinctly different colors at the same time.
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Soil - Japanese maples adapt well to many soil types provided there is good drainage. Consistently wet or soggy soils can be a killer.
Sun - Some varieties will tolerate full sun. However, in their natural habitat, Japanese Maples are understory trees, growing in dappled forest sunlight and at the edges of partially shaded woodlands. Ideally they prefer to be grown in similar conditions.
In Ground: Dig a hole no deeper than the root ball and two to three times the width of the root ball. Fill it with water. If the hole drains within a few hours, you have good drainage. If the water is still standing 12 hours later, improve the drainage in your bed or establish a mound to plant your tree in.
Turn and break up the soil removed from the hole. If the native soil is dense or compacted amend with compost or soil amendment at a 30/70 or 50/50 ratio.
Remove your plant from its container and carefully loosen the roots around the exterior of the root ball. Set the plant into the hole you've prepared making sure the top edge of the root ball is slightly above the soil level (1/3 of the rootball above the ground if planting on level ground) to allow for settling.
When backfilling tamp as you go to remove air pockets. When planting on level ground, and your rootball is higher above the ground, taper your backfill soil mixture from the top edge of the rootball gradually towards the grade.
Water thoroughly and cover with a one- to two-inch layer of mulch. Then, during the first year or two, water as needed to ensure soil stays moist but not consistently wet.
In Containers: Pick a container that will match the mature size of your tree and that has drain holes. Use a well-draining planting or potting soil.