The Molodilo plant

The genus Molodilo (Sempervivum) belongs to the Crassula family. In nature, these flowers are common in Central and Southern Europe, Transcaucasia, Asia Minor. Young plants form a basal rosette of elongated fleshy leaves, tightly pressed against each other.

Types of indoor youth

In home floriculture, more than ten types of indoor juveniles are cultivated. On this page you can get acquainted with the distinctive features of each species and see photos of flowers young.

Young mountain (Sempervivum montanum) forms tufts of rosettes with a diameter of less than 2 cm. Rosette leaves are lanceolate, rather sharp, dark green, with long ciliated hairs along the edge. The leaf surfaces are densely pubescent with glandular hairs. On peduncles 5-8 cm high, there are several purple-violet flowers collected in a corymbose inflorescence.

Juvenile cobweb (Sempervivum arachnoideum) forms rosettes with a diameter of 0.5-2.5 cm, covered with a dense white cobweb. This species blooms young in July with pink flowers with the smell of mushrooms.

Young roofing (Sempervivum tectorum) has rosettes up to 8 cm high, up to 30 cm in diameter. The leaves are light green with dark tips and a red base. Peduncles emerging from rosettes, densely pubescent, leafy, 30-60 cm high. Pinkish-purple flowers 2-2.5 cm in diameter are collected in terminal corymbose many-flowered strongly branched inflorescences. Blossoms in July-August 40-45 days.

Young offspring (Sempervivum soboliferum) forms small (5-7 cm in diameter) green rosettes with a reddish tan, shaped like a ball. The stems are thin, break off easily, young rosettes roll back to the sides and take root. The height of the peduncles is 15-20 cm. The flowers are greenish-yellow. Blossoms in July-August 35-40 days.

Young marble (Sempervivum marmoreum) has flat rosettes with a diameter of 5-10 cm. Young leaves are pubescent, then almost naked, green or red, with green edges and tops. Peduncles 10-20 cm high. Flowers about 2.5 cm in diameter.

Young undersized, or dwarf (Sempervivum pumilum) , – a plant with rosettes up to 2.5 cm in diameter. Rosette leaves are oblong-lanceolate, shortly pointed, ciliated along the edge, green. Peduncles up to 25 cm high, leafy. Inflorescences are small of two-eight lilac-purple flowers. Blooms from the end of June.

Flower care young

Placed in a well-lit sunny place. In the shade, the young leaves turn pale. The plant is very hardy and easily tolerates dry air. In summer, it is desirable to take out to fresh air.

In winter, water moderately (once a week), in summer watering is increased. When caring for a flower, rejuvenated top dressing is not required; this plant grows well on dry poor sandy soils. In nutrient-rich soils, the leaves of the plant turn pale.

Young people are not transplanted, but seated. After several years of growth in one place, the plants completely cover the surface of the soil. Groups become too crowded, outlets are small.

The soil mixture is prepared from leafy soil, sand and brick chips, taken in equal amounts, with the addition of charcoal. Plants are planted so that the lower leaves almost touch the soil, watered. Provide good drainage.

It reproduces young on its own, when the buds that are in the axils of the leaves begin to grow. The daughter outlet, falling on the soil, begins to take root and then develops independently. In another case, the daughter rosettes are separated from the mother plant in the spring and planted in a new place at a distance of 10-15 cm from each other.

Also propagated by seeds. At the end of winter, the seeds are sown on the surface of the soil and kept at a temperature of 20 ° C. Seedlings need a bright place, protected from direct sunlight. Transplanted into pots in mid-summer.

Aphids and worms harm the young.

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