Sempervivum 'Lotus Blossom'
Sempervivum 'Lotus Blossom' Chick Charms®
This succulent is a part of the Chick Charms® series from the breeding program of Chris Hansen. Introduced in 2022, it is a Plant Patent Applied For.
Sempervivum 'Lotus Blossom' is a stunningly beautiful succulent that forms rosettes of thick fleshy variegated leaves. The rosettes grow up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. During the winter, leaves have a center with a hint of pink blush and snowy white edges. Their color heats up with the spring and stays rose red with white trim throughout the fall.
How to Grow and Care for Sempervivum 'Lotus Blossom'
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. 'Lotus Blossom' 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. 'Lotus Blossom' 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. 'Lotus Blossom' 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. 'Lotus Blossom' 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 'Lotus Blossom'
Sempervivums are not known to contain any toxic compounds. Therefore, S. 'Lotus Blossom' is considered a safe plant to grow around pets and children.
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