Sempervivum ‘Tarantula’ is a Semperivum hybrid with light green bushy foliage with pink or red stamping in the focal point of the rosette. The blooms are star-molded, with rose-purple petals with paler edges are held in level cymes on the terminal finishes of bushy, upstanding stems. This succulent is monocarpic wherein rosettes dies subsequently after it blooms yet are supplanted by new rosettes on parallel sprinters.
How to Grow Sempervivum ‘Tarantula’
Cultivation: Sempervivum ‘Tarantula’ can be cultivated by sowing seed sown. It is best to cultivate this succulent in spring as it has an optimum environmental temperature for sowing seeds. Germinate the seeds by layering them together in a seedbed with moist peat. The germination process usually takes a week or two. Transplant the seedling in individual pots and water sufficiently. Avoid too much watering may kill the seedlings due to waterlogged condition. The soil must be allow to dry out before watering again. Very little water should be given during the winter months.
Soil: It is best cultivated in well-drained succulent sandy-loam soil blend with an ideal pH around 6.0.
Exposition: Full sun exposure is needed during the growing period of this Sempervivum.
Propagation: Like other Sempervivum species, Tarantula can be easily propagated by dividing offsets or counterbalances. Choose and detached offsets that has enough root system and repot it in suitable containers and pots. Dig a shallow hole on the pot and place the offset. Gently press the soil around the crown to ensure its stead. Water adequately and intermittently to avoid being waterlogged.
How to Care For Sempervivum ‘Tarantula’
Frost hardy: Tarantula plant can withstand cold temperatures that are within USDA hardiness zone 5a to 9b: from −20 °F (−28.9 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).
Light: It leans towards full sun to partial shade however too much sun exposure may lead to crown sunburn especially during extreme hot weather conditions. An afternoon shade is advisable to prevent such.
Soil: It requires porous soil with satisfactory seepage. A mixture of grits, sand and loam soil is ideal.
Fertilization: There is no need to incorporate fertilizer onto the plant.
Pests and Diseases: Tarantula is relatively prone to rust as well as root and crown decay.
Remarks: Repot as needed to prevent overcrowding. It is ideal to repot during warm season. Ensure the soil is dry before repotting and gently remove the plant from the pot.
Thump away the old soil from the roots, making a point to evacuate any decayed or dead roots all the while. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Spot the plant in its new pot and inlay with fertilized soil, spreading the roots out as you repot. Leave the plant dry for a week or something like that, at that point start to water delicately to decrease the danger of root spoil.