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I ordered this sempervivum via the internet. It arrived with enough soil but with so much dried leaves. Is this plant In bad shape?

The label only said sempervivum tectorum but I think that’s not its complete name.

The leaves on the stolons have all dried out leading me to think it’s time for the chicks to be planted in a different pot unless they just dried out due to the dry winter weather in the east coast where it came from.

What kind of sempervivum is this and is it time to propagate given its current state and the expected winter weather by December in Florida (lowest is about 35F degrees)?

I have attached 2 photos where i have already planted the mother plant with her chicks in a pot ready to tackle the dried leaves issue.

Thank you for your help.

This is a bit sad looking, that’s for sure – but don’t worry, these are tough, resilient plants, and with a little tlc, it will look better than ever.

Just so you know, most growers do ship the plants with dead leaves on, as they act as protection for the inner leaves. They are easy to remove, just peel them off before you plant.

Each of the chicks will make a brand new plant, and they can just be pulled off, and replanted. I might choose several and just cut the stolens off, and replant those alongside the mother, to make a better looking clump. The remaining amount can be planted in your garden or in another pot.

The labeling probably correct – Sempervivum tectorum is the name given to a large species of the genus, and many named varieties have been hybridized. There is absolutely no way of identifying these 100%; there are just too darned many of them, all gorgeous! You can see more about Sempervivum tectorum here. This page tells you more about growing these fascinating plants.

Best of luck,