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CARE OF HARDY SUCCULENTS

To save you shipping cost, all plants are sent bare root.  The thin roots wither and disappear during this process.

 DON'T WORRY.  YOUR PLANTS ARE NOT GOING TO PERISH!  Here is how to establish your succulents:

Unpack your plants, rinse them in water, and place them on top of moist, well-drained soil, or a porous potting mix.  Just push them down a little, so the base of the rosette has good contact with the soil.  Don't bury them. For Sedum, you may push the stem into the soil.

Within two weeks, you will see tiny white roots starting to grow.  Before you know it, your succulents will be well rooted in.

Watering and drainage are key to survival of succulent plants.  Remember that most of these plants originate on mountainsides in dry climates and poor soil conditions.  The easiest way to kill succulents is by over watering. Perhaps just spritz them once a week, or so.  If they look parched, go ahead and give them a good drink. 

If you fertilize at all, it should be very lightly; perhaps a small amount of liquid fertilizer at half strength, very occasionally.

If you are dividinig and transplanting succulents in your garden, try to take some soil and roots with the new division.

When propagating Orostachys and Romularia, seperate new rosettes, and if they have a stolon attached, cut it off. Follow the process described above for establishing a new rosette.  Division is the only way to multiply an exact copy of the parent plant.

Sedum is propagated by cutting, with the leafless base of the stem pushed into soil or mix.  After the plant begins to grow, pinch tips to encourage branching.

Instead of sending out new rosettes from the plant, Jovibarba divides from the center.  The plant must be cut apart, including a part of the plant's base with each rosette.  The larger the new rosette is, the more success you will have.Even so, Jovibarba is more difficult than the others.

Remember, if you have any trouble with our plants, please notify us in a timely manner.  And if you like our plants, we would like to hear about that too, at perennialobsessions@oregon.com.

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