Sempervivum 'Gold Mine'
Sempervivum 'Lotus Blossom' Chick Charms® Giants
This succulent is a part of the Chick Charms® Giants series from the breeding program of Chris Hansen, with Sempervivum 'Gold Nugget' as one of the parents. Introduced in 2022, it is a Plant Patent Applied For.
Sempervivum 'Gold Mine' is an eye-catching succulent that forms large rosettes of thick fleshy leaves with unique coloration and margins covered with short soft hairs. The rosettes grow up to 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter. Leaves are golden yellow with a burgundy-red blush that deepens in the center of the rosettes. In spring, the color of the leaves changes to lime green. Unfortunately, flowers have not been observed to date and are not expected.
How to Grow and Care for Sempervivum 'Gold Mine'
Light: This succulent prefers a spot in full sun but will appreciate some afternoon shade if planted in hot climates. It is not suitable for indoor growing because it usually does not get as much sunlight as it likes.
Soil: To ensure S. 'Gold Mine' thrives, it needs a well-draining soil mix with 25 to 50 % sand, gravel, and perlite or pumice. If planting in a pot, a commercial soil mix for succulents should be sufficient to keep the roots dry and happy.
Temperature: S. 'Gold Mine' is perfect for cold climates, as it can handle temperatures down to -30 °F (-34.4 °C). It is also heat-tolerant but prefers average summer temperatures between 65 and 75 °F (18 and 24 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4a to 9b, -30 to 30 °F (-34.4 to -1.1 °C).
Watering: Water thoroughly during the spring and summer and allow the soil to dry out between watering. Reduce watering in the fall when S. 'Gold Mine' enters dormancy. Mature rosettes planted in the ground can overwinter without receiving extra water from you. Plants in containers may need a little water to make it through winter. Never let water sit in the rosette or underneath the pot.
Fertilizing: This succulent grows well without feeding, but it benefits from a controlled-release fertilizer at the beginning of the growing season. It can also be fertilized once a week with a diluted liquid solution.
Repotting: Plants in containers will benefit from being repotted. Repot as needed, preferably during the spring.
Propagation: S. 'Gold Mine' can be grown by dividing the offsets produced each season. The best time to divide the offsets is spring or summer, once they are at least a quarter of the mother rosette's size.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Sempervivum.
Toxicity of Sempervivum 'Gold Mine'
Sempervivums are not known to contain any toxic compounds. Therefore, S. 'Gold Mine' is considered a safe plant to grow around pets and children.
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