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Sempervivum in Shallow ContainersSempervivum in Shallow Containers
By goldfinch4, March 14, 2013

Sempervivums do well in shallow containers. You can even plant in a large saucer. Be creative!

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Sempervivum tipSempervivum tip
By gg5, March 14, 2013

If you live in an area that is wet and rainy during winter and spring, make sure to check your sempervivums periodically for rot. If the leaves near the base are brown and "mushy," gently lift the plant from the soil. Peel the dead leaves from the stem and let the plant dry out for a day or so, then replant it. Your plant will respond quickly and happily!

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ATP Podcast #9: Sempervivum WeekATP Podcast #9: Sempervivum Week
By dave, March 13, 2013

This week Dave and Trish give their usual reports: Dave's favorite idea, Trish's report from around the forums, and we discuss the lengthy winter we're having in Texas. Our main feature is a double feature: two special interviews with people in the Sempervivum world.

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Sempervivum Companion PlantsSempervivum Companion Plants
By Emma, March 13, 2013

When ATP forum moderator Lynn Smith (valleylynn) asked me to write this article, she commented in her typically enthusiastic way that a visit to our nursery had transformed her thinking about gardening with Sempervivums. At Wild Ginger Farm, we specialize in alpine and rock garden plants and feature Sempervivums in our naturalistic display gardens. Written by Emma Elliot of Wild Ginger Farms.

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Sempervivums Don't Like Wet FeetSempervivums Don't Like Wet Feet
By valleylynn, March 13, 2013

Sempervivums do not like their roots to be sitting in water, so make sure your container has sufficient drainage holes. Also, check occasionally to make sure they aren't clogged to ensure continued successful growing.

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My Living PicturesMy Living Pictures
By webesemps, March 12, 2013

"Living Pictures are never finished; they are ever changing, slowly defining themselves with human nurturing and Earth’s elements.”

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Sucessfully Repotting SempervivumsSucessfully Repotting Sempervivums
By CDsSister, March 12, 2013

A little bit of extra care and a few extra items will ensure success when making fun and beautiful Sempervivum containers.

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Support Your Sempervivum NurseriesSupport Your Sempervivum Nurseries
By valleylynn, March 12, 2013

Where would we be without the nurseries that provide us with all the newest and latest varieties of Sempervivum? Trading is fun, but we need to remember to purchase from reputable nurseries in order to keep them in business.

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The Sempervivum Not-A-Raffle-RaffleThe Sempervivum Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
By dave, March 11, 2013

Such a diminutively cute plant needs to have an equally gigantic raffle, and that is exactly what we have for you this week. Come and view the table set out with prizes galore for a whole group of lucky winners!

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Sempervivum CraftsSempervivum Crafts
By goldfinch4, March 11, 2013

Once you start growing these amazing plants, you’ll find that they multiply quickly. And unless you have lots of room in your gardens, you’ll want to find some creative ways to use them.

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Sempervivum Diseases, Problems, and PestsSempervivum Diseases, Problems, and Pests
By goldfinch4, March 10, 2013

As a rule, sempervivums are tough little plants that can put up with a lot of abuse before they’re overwhelmed. Not many plants are as resilient as these guys, yet even they face some dangers.

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Tip: Uneven Sun Exposure for Potted PlantsTip: Uneven Sun Exposure for Potted Plants
By webesemps, March 10, 2013

In my experience, sun exposure for my potted succulent plants is never optimal. When one side of the pot gets more sun than the other side, I notice that leaves on one side become longer or stems begin to stretch towards the sun. This will sometimes disrupt the compactness and aesthetics of the plant. It helps to regularly rotate the pots to ensure even sun exposure. Rotation can be as simple as turning a pot 45 degrees.

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Sempervivum 101Sempervivum 101
By valleylynn, March 9, 2013

Sempervivums are plants that originate on the European continent. Found at high altitudes known as alpine zones, they thrive in this harsh and rugged terrain. Sempervivums are becoming increasingly popular in the United States as gardeners fall in love with the textures and colors of these amazing little plants.

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Growing Sempervivum in ContainersGrowing Sempervivum in Containers
By goldfinch4, March 9, 2013

An easy and inexpensive way to get started with sempervivums is to grow them in containers. But that's not the only reason to plant them in containers.

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Glossary Tip - CotyledonGlossary Tip - Cotyledon
By wildflowers, March 8, 2013

When the seed of a plant germinates, that first leaf or set of leaves to unfold is called a cotyledon. Cotyledons are developed by the embryo of the seed and are sometimes called seed-leaves. They contain stored food reserves from the seed, used to keep the seedling fed until the next set of leaves, considered the "true leaves," appears. Once the second set of true leaves sprouts, the plant will begin photosynthesis. The cotyledons will wither and disappear soon after the true leaves start to grow.

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A Rant Worth ReadingA Rant Worth Reading
By LarryR, March 7, 2013

Sometimes we gardeners succumb to conventional wisdom, only to discover that it may be conventional, but it's not wise.

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ATP Podcast #8: Perennial VegetablesATP Podcast #8: Perennial Vegetables
By dave, March 6, 2013

This week Dave and Trish give their usual reports: Dave's favorite idea, Trish's report from around the forums and some stories about our gardening adventures this week. Our main feature is a discussion about perennial vegetables you can grow.

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Finding Pots in Odd PlacesFinding Pots in Odd Places
By ShadyGreenThumb, March 5, 2013

Look past the plant departments for your plant containers. Find the best pots at the hardware store!

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Cooking Spray Cleans ToolsCooking Spray Cleans Tools
By Skiekitty, March 4, 2013

Rust will come off your tools with an application of cooking spray such as Pam. Spray it on, wait a few minutes, wipe it off. You may have to do this a couple of times to achieve the desired results.

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Apples and Bulbs Don't MixApples and Bulbs Don't Mix
By jeri11, March 3, 2013

Don't put bulbs in the refrigerator with apples. The apples produce ethylene gas, which will cause the bulb to abort its flower.

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Watering OrchidsWatering Orchids
By Robynznest, March 2, 2013

When watering my orchids, I count to 3 while slowly pouring. This tip keeps me from over-watering.

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Planting Salad GreensPlanting Salad Greens
By Dutchlady1, March 1, 2013

When planting seeds for salad and other edible greens, consider planting one row per week during the growing season. That way, you ensure that you have fresh young salad to harvest every week throughout the season.

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Vendor Information on Plant Culture:  How Reliable Is It?Vendor Information on Plant Culture: How Reliable Is It?
By LarryR, February 28, 2013

How reliable is growing information provided by mail order nurseries? Unfortunately, less than you might think.

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ATP Podcast #7: Listener QuestionsATP Podcast #7: Listener Questions
By dave, February 27, 2013

This week Dave and Trish give their usual reports: Dave's favorite idea, Trish's report from around the forums and some stories about our gardening adventures this week. Our main feature is a question and answer session with ATP members.

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Using a Bread Knife for Precision Edges on New BedsUsing a Bread Knife for Precision Edges on New Beds
By Xeramtheum, February 26, 2013

I tend to make a lot of small bordered beds. I don’t like to use a shovel for edging because they aren’t very precise. Enter the most versatile of garden tools: the bread knife!

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