Any succulent experts?
On the side of the garage there is a small pot. In that pot there was a little cactus thingy that has never ventured outside of it’s pot in about 10 years or so.
However, this summer it’s done this.
…as such I was wondering what it was? As it’s kind of neat, how, not only has it flowered, but also grew the whole stalky bit that extends from the pot in a few weeks.Posted 3 years agoShackletonSubscriber
“Sempervivum tectorum” or House leek. The flowering rosette will die after flowering but the offsets will continue to grow. If you want more then you should be able to gently lift up one of the off sets (trying not to disturb the roots too much, I use an eating fork), clip the shoot closest to the parent plant and pop it in some gritty, well drained compost. They usually take quite happily if you do this in spring.
[Edit] too slow, typing while eating and talking……………Posted 3 years agostumpy01Member
Weirdly we have a pot full of these at the front of our house that have also never done anything other that multiply in number.
A few weeks ago, about 5 of them shot up and did exactly the same (looked erm, quite phallic before they actually flowered).
As above, apparently they die off once they’ve sprouted but the little ones should keep growing…Posted 3 years agoanagallis_arvensisMember
Its whats known as a moncarpic perennial. Some species of plant only reproduce after maybe 10 years and then they day in contrats to say annuals that reproduce and die yearly or perennials the live for a few years and reproduce each year. It evolved as predator satiation or in slow growing speciies. Some species co ordinate there breeding Phylostachys bambasoides is a great example. It all flowers sets seed and dies every 76 years or something similar, does it world wide too. Prevents animals from evolving to exploit the resource. \salmon are an animal equivalent of the mono carpic perennial, they are semmelparous. Obviously if they only did it every 76 years it would properly screw up bears, but animals arent as clever as plantsPosted 3 years ago
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