Sempervivum 'Pacific Blue Ice'
Sempervivum 'Pacific Blue Ice'
Hen and Chicks, Houseleek, Live Forever
Sempervivum 'Berry Blues', Sempervivum Chick Charms® Berry Blues™
Sempervivum 'Pacific Blue Ice' is a succulent plant with unique cupped form and produces rounded rosettes. Pink flowers may appear in late summer. After flowering, the mother rosette dies to leave room for the chicks.
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USDA hardiness zone 5a to 9b: from −20 °F (−28.9 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Sempervivum are not difficult to grow, provided they are not waterlogged and killed from excess watering. They can be easily grown outdoors and in containers, and they earned the name "Houseleeks" from their tendency to root on the roofs of houses. After the mother plant flowers, it will naturally die, but by this time, the plant has likely produced many offsets that will continue to grow. These are excellent for cold windows. Sempervivum earned their popular name "Hen and Chicks" from their growth habit. The mother plant, or hen, sends off numerous offsets, which will cluster around her base like chicks. These offsets can be easily repotted, or the plants can be left to form a clumping mat.
Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot a succulent, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you repot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Sempervivum
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Hens and Chicks 'Pacific Blue Ice', Houseleek 'Pacific Blue Ice'
Noted for the unique cupped form of its rounded rosettes, Sempervivum 'Pacific Blue Ice' (Hens & Chicks) is a mat-forming succulent perennial forming attractive, evergreen rosettes of thick, fleshy, icy blue-green leaves. As the weather cools, the rosette becomes flushed with rose for showy fall color. The mother rosette (Hen) spreads in all directions by horizontal stems to form offsets (chicks). Each offset will develop roots of its own and become independent of the parent plant as the connecting stolon withers. In summer, a thick flowering stalk arises from the center of the hen rosette and bears showy starry, pink flowers. Sempervivums are monocarpic: they die after flowering. However, the offsets they produce usually make up for the losses and fill the gaps left by the dead rosettes.
- Grows up to 3-4 in. tall (7-10 cm) and 6-8 in. wide (15-20 cm). Will spread by offsets to form colonies
- Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates poor soils and thrives in sandy or gravelly soils. Excellent drainage is required. Drought tolerant.
- Surprisingly cold hardy, Sempervivums need little maintenance once established, like many cacti and succulents, and will survive near total neglect!
- Excellent for dry stony places, Sempervivums are great in cracks in dry stone walls, at the front of beds and borders, or as a small area groundcover. They look splendid in rock gardens, succulent gardens or Mediterranean gardens. Ideal as edging plant or in decorative trough and containers! Best when planted in groups or intermingled in mosaics.
- Deer and rabbit resistant
- Virtually pest and disease free. Watch for rust, leaf rot and root rot
- Propagate by offsets in spring
- Native to southern Europe and western Asia
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Sempervivum 'Pacific Blue Ice' is a slow growing succulent plant that can be grown in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3A through 8B. It matures to an average height of 1 inch to 1 foot and an average width of 6 inches to 1 foot, depending on climate and other environmental factors. The foliage is blue, grey / silver and light green in color.
Sempervivum 'Pacific Blue Ice' can be useful in the landscape in mass plantings, in containers or planters, as a border or edger, as a background, around decks, swimming pools, and other outdoor living areas, as an accent, as a groundcover, in landscape beds or islands, in small groupings or in medians and also in rock or xeriscape gardens or perennial gardens.
Sempervivum ‘Pacific Blue Ice’ is a hybrid forming rosettes to 3" in diameter with glaucous bluish-gray leaves that blush rose at tips and along margins. Leaves are fuzzy and have subtle coloring. In the past, Sempervivums were planted on roofs in Europe as it was believed that Semperivivums had the ability to protect the house from lightning strikes or other attacks. Sempervivums can provide colorful accents for rock gardens, dish gardens and often are used in strawberry pots, old bird baths, troughs, logs and other unusual plantings. Considered hardy to Zone 5. Requires porous soil with adequate drainage. Filtered light with ample airflow. Prefers shade during summer dormancy. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Although very cold tolerant, best to provide frost protection to prevent possible scarring.
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Sempervivum ‘Pacific Blue Ice’ – Succulent plants
Sempervivum ‘Pacific Blue Ice’ is a decorative succulent plant with unique cupped form and produces rounded rosettes. The leaves are icy, blue-green with centers flushed rose, especially in cooler temperatures. These rosettes form and spread by offsets from the base of a larger rosette. The pink flowers may appear in late summer. After flowering, the mother rosette dies to leave room for the chicks.
Scientific Name: Sempervivum ‘Pacific Blue Ice’
Synonyms: Sempervivum ‘Berry Blues’
Common Names: Hen and Chicks, Houseleek, Live Forever
How to grow and maintain Sempervivum ‘Pacific Blue Ice’:
It thrives best in full sun to light shade. In indoor an east or west-facing window where they receive four to six hours of sunlight is ideal.
It grows well in a well-drained succulent mix, with an ideal pH around 6.0 (slightly acidic) or an equal part sharp sand with all-purpose potting mix.
Water regularly during the summer and spring. keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. You can allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between each watering. Reduce water in the winter.
It prefers an average summer temperature 65 degrees Fahrenheit – 70 degrees Fahrenheit / 18 degrees Celsius – 21 degrees Celsius. In winter, some varieties can withstand temperatures down to freezing.
Fertilize with a controlled-release fertilizer at the beginning of the season or weekly with a weak liquid solution. Use a balanced 20-20-20 fertilizer at 1/4 strength on mature plants, and a fertilizer with less nitrogen on young plants.
Re-pot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To re-pot, a succulent, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you re-pot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot.
Pests and Diseases:
It has no serious pest or disease problems. Mealybugs can be a problem, and if dead leaves are not expelled from the plant, it can attract other insect pests or have problems with fungus.
It can be easily propagated by offsets, leaves or small cuttings. Take leaves or small cuttings and allow them to dry and heal over for about a week. Next place them in the sand and wait for the tiny rosettes to start in a few weeks. Sempervivum earned their famous name “Hen and Chicks” from their growth habit. The mother plant, or hen, sends off numerous offsets, which will cluster around her base like chicks. These offsets can be easily re-potted, or the plants can be left to form a clumping mat.