Sempervivum tectorum Oddity is an evergreen rosette succulent with mat forming growth habit with densely clustered leaves. Most Sempervivums have expansive and pointed leaves however the leaves of this succulent are collapsed lengthwise and in reverse; that they look like green cigarette papers. Every rosette can be very vast (up to 4 inches wide) and may have up to 50-60 leaves. The blooms are pink and shapes like a star. It is held in flat cymes on the terminal end of shaggy, upright stems. The sprouting period of this magnificient plant is around June through August. The rosettes can take quite a long while to sprout and it dies soon after blossoming yet supplanted by new rosettes on lateral runners.
Also called Oddity Houseleek, this succulent is moderately fast developing cultivar that forms little clumps that keeps on spreading. This cultivar once in a while tends to mutate with completely flat leaves. It has at times been called “Trumpeter” as if each pipe was a whistle.
It originated from Europe. It was created by American succulent enthusiast Sandy McPherson and it was acquainted with plant specialists in 1977. It won the 1978 Bronze Rosette Award for best new variety.
Sempervivum tectorum cv. Oddity McPherson “Oddity Houseleek”
How to Grow Sempervivum tectorum ‘Oddity’ “Oddity Houseleek”
Cultivation: Seeds can be sprinkled over a gritty soil blend and kept modestly damp until they sprout. When they grow, sprinkle some fine rock around them as mulch. Seeds are typically begun in pots and afterward transplanted to the patio nursery as seedlings. You can begin your seeds in the fall and transplant in the spring.
In transplanting, make a point not to plant it very profoundly. Simply burrow a shallow hole and spread the roots. Spread the soil to the crown of the plant and thump the soil tenderly with the goal that the plant is firm in the ground. Water softly, yet you don’t have to water newly planted Oddity Houseleek consistently, the manner in which you would with non-succulents. Like other Sempervivum houseleeks, they have to give their roots a chance to dry out between watering.
Soil: It develops best in poor sandy soil and requires incredible drainage to counteract root and crown spoil. Ideal soil pH ought to be in the neutral scope of 6.6 to 7.5.
Exposition: It appreciates full sun, however in hotter atmospheres it needs protection from an excess of sun since it isn’t very warmth tolerant.
Propagation: Oddity Houseleek can be developed from seeds, seedlings or by separating balances. They will spread by underground roots. Amid the developing season, each plant increases itself by delivering little counterbalance plantlets all around the edge of the parent plant. These counterbalances can be snapped off and replanted somewhere else whenever. Just pulled off the counterbalances from the parent plant and repot it.
How to Care Sempervivum tectorum ‘Oddity’ “Oddity Houseleek”
Frost hardy: Sempervivum Oddity is cold tough and can withstand temperatures at any rate to – 12°C (or less). USDA Hardiness Zones 3 – 11.
Light: Full sun to partial shade. They favor a spot in full sun however will welcome some afternoon shade, in incredibly hot atmospheres.
Soil: Lean towards lumpy soil with pea rock. This plant flourishes best in rock, mountaintop or desert scape gardens.
Fertilization: No compost is required.
Pests and Diseases: This succulent plant generally develops problem free, except if they are presented to a lot of moisture. Crown decay will happen in wet soils. A few varieties can get Endophyllum rust, a growth infection. The two issues can be forestalled whenever developed in dry conditions.
Remarks: In Europe, the plants are cultivated in between roofing tiles to avert lightening. It is simple to grow and it makes a great ground cover. They are extraordinary in window boxes or niches. Planting them in a pot and raising it off the ground will make them more or an element.
Stone patio nursery or rock wall is the ideal condition for growing Oddity houseleek. Tuck them into the cleft or let them wrap over a stone divider. Stone gives the ideal balance of drainage, radiant warmth, and root protection. Another choice is blending this succulent with crawling sedum, to make a pleasant garden alternative. It is very versatile.
Once entrenched, upkeep of this succulent is negligible. You’ll have to pluck off the old parent plant, after they blossom, and segregate the offsets as required. With the exception of extremely hot and dry circumstances, you won’t have to give them supplemental water. In spite of the fact that they can take a lot of dry season, they appear to improve standard (however directed) watering. Amid the winter months, plants are watered next to no or could spoil whenever watered time and again. Abundance dampness can harm the plant in winter and it will profit by being brought into the safe house of the nursery or cold casing.