A standout amongst the most well-known greenhouse perennials, yet never ailing in appeal. Sempervivum ‘Dea’ is an enduring succulent with extensive, tight green rosettes up to 8 inches (20 cm) in measurement, with dim red base and underside and flushed with pink. Foliage color is deep green to red. The rosettes are 5-10 centimeters in height with a spread of 25-30 centimeter. Short spikes of pink blossoms usually show up in summer.
How to Grow Sempervivum ‘Dea’
Cultivation: Can be easily cultivated by seeds, seedlings and counterbalances. Sprinkled and stratify the seeds on top of a soil and gravel mix and kept moderately moist until they germinate. Once they sprout, sprinkle some fine peat around them act as mulch. Place them in a bright, sunny window and mist the each seedlings every few days. Transplant them after they have achieved an inch in width. Try not to transplant the seedlings too deeply. Burrow a shallow gap and spread the roots. Spread to the crown of the plant and tamp the soil gently so that the plant is firm in the ground. Water lightly but not every day since this succulent is acclimated with almost little water. They need to let their roots dry out between waterings.
Soil: It thrives well in normal to sandy soil mix with a neutral pH of 6.0. A mixture of loam, sand and peat with great seppage would be ideal for this succulent.
Exposition: Full sun exposure is needed during the growing stage.
Propagation: Propagation of this succulent plant is relatively easy. It can be done by simply dividing counterbalances. Choose well-rooted offsets and detach them from the mother plant. Stick the plant in individual containers, pots or in patio garden. Work the plant down deeper in the soil so that the stalk is covered firmly. Water lightly and allow the soil to dry out before watering it again. This plant is drought tolerant so waterlogged condition may kill the plant.
How to Care For Sempervivum ‘Dea’
Frost hardy: It is frost tolerant. USDA hardiness zone 4a to 9b: from −30 °F (−34.4 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).
Light: It leans towards full sun to partial shade. They are perfect for sunny windows. Protection from excessive sun exposure would be helpful to prevent sunburn of the leaves.
Soil: It requires porous soil mixture of sand, grits and loam with good drainage characteristics.
Fertilization: It does not require any fertilizer application.
Pests and Diseases: Sempervivum ‘Dea’ is generally resistant to common insect pest and diseases but may be susceptible to crown rot and root decay if given too much watering.
Remarks: They are relatively easy to grow and propagated is optimum environmental conditions. As hens and chicks develop, their base leaves will wilt up and die. This may due to overwatering, underwatering, insufficient light or different stresses to the plant. Other times, it is just the variety. A few variety have lots of leaves that die back amid the winter while others lose barely any.
It isn’t important to expel the dead leaves, however it is helpful make the plants look pretty again. It is ideal to remove the dead leaves in February or March before the onset of the spring season. Simply grab the dead leaves and pull to the side. The should pop off effectively. This should be possible with the rosette still planted.