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S. minus - in general

Post by I'm the 1 on Thu Oct 16, 2008 6:46 am

Sempervivum minus is a plant that grows in northeastern Turkey between 600 – 2000 m above sea level.

The plant s still very rare in cultire. Even more: Erwin Geiger reports that most of the plants in culture under that name are wrongly named ... (So check your if you have one!).

Rosettes are from 1 to 3 cm in diamether and they make very limited number of chicks - they are well known for their slow spread.

Sempervivum cv. Minus has very pale, ALMOST white flowers and bronze winter colour - these two facts make it a very desirable plant.


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Post by Chromaphyo on Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:25 am


S. minus, a very little sempervivum

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Post by cohan on Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:58 pm

very nice, chroma,this seems to be a great choice for troughs, where it will not quickly outgrow its space..

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Post by Chromaphyo on Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:15 am

Yes, this plant grown very slowly ! :|

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Post by sueshells on Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:40 pm

I have S. minus from the now defunct Sempervivum Society in Great Britain. I have had the plant for about 15 years and still only have 5 or 6 rosettes at any one time. The rosettes rarely exceed 1.5cms and the flowers are very pale, as described. My plant seems to have tighter, more numerously leaved rosettes than the plant in the picture but this is probably due to a different collection location and different culture. I leave my plants out all winter and they have survived many years of wet winters although I do ensure that the pots are raised on pebbles or similar to aid drainage. I am located in South East/South Midlands England.

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Post by Chromaphyo on Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:06 am

Hello sueshells

Have you a picture ?

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Post by contingo on Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:59 pm

I have what I think is a different plant labeled S. arachnoideum 'minus' which forms absolutely tiny, closed rosettes, 4 - 7mm. I'm very fond of it but it rarely grows well. Does anyone know anything about the origin of this form? It's currently flowering and I'm trying to cross it with other small cultivars.

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Post by sueshells on Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:10 am

Will take a pic and try to work out how to get it on the site! (Not very adept at that sort of thing)

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Post by I'm the 1 on Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:49 am

The description of Sempervivum minus Turrill given by Peter J. Mitchell in The Sempervivum Society Journal Volume 5 (1974), No. 4:

"Rosette 1 to 1.5 cm in diameter. Rosette leaves 8 mm by 3.5 mm broad, glandular pubescent, dull green with a bronze tinge on exposure. Flowers pale yellow."
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Post by sueshells on Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:58 am

Since I wrote my original post (can't believe it is three years ago!) my plant has put on quite a lot of growth. I repotted it into a larger, deeper pot - still only a 9cm or 10cm square - and it has grown very well. I now have two pots of it and, if it ever stops raining here in the UK, I will nip out and take a photo of it. It is just sending up flowering shoots but the flowers haven't yet opened. I keep meaning to collect seed from it (which will be hybrids) to see what sort of plants it would produce. Perhaps this year I will remember Very Happy

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Post by sueshells on Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:35 am

I have taken a couple of photos but can't work out how to upload them - can someone help, please? I've tried the links above the reply box but obviously haven't got it right!

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