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by Jacki
(Grand Forks, B.C. Canada)


Sempervivum Sphere, emerging from the snow

Here’s a trend that shows no sign of waning – two years ago I planted up a couple of hanging baskets wired together with Sempervivum, and the world took notice!

In warmer climates you can use other tender succulents, because they will live over the winter outdoors where there is no frost. Here in Zone 5a (Zone 4 on the USDA zone map) tender succulents keel over at the first hint of winter.

Sempervivum, on the other hand – those versatile, flexible, reliable counterparts of Echeveria, thrive in cold climates, where they can be happily covered with snow all winter, and emerge in the spring thaw looking great.

Here’s where the original story is: Succulent Balls and this is the one that took the world by storm: Succulent Sphere.

This year, I’m going to try using Jovibarba in a similar fashion. The trick will be holding the little rollers in place until they root…I’m sure I’ll come up with something!