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Plant Sempervivums or houseleeks in a container and move them around according to the sun.

Houseleeks are small, succulent plants that originate in Europe, Northern Africa and Asia, where some 40-odd species are found growing naturally.

The symmetrical rosettes of fleshy leaves are attractive and vary in colour from green to almost black. Many have coloured margins whilst others have web-like strands covering them. Each rosette of leaves dies after flowering but is replaced by numerous offsets borne on lateral runners. Star-shaped flowers are borne on slender spikes ranging in colour from white to yellow, red and purple. Flowers are not often seen on plants.

Where do houseleeks grow best?

  • In full sun, in well drained sandy soil. They may need shading from hot summer sun.
  • In small pots, shallow containers and rock gardens.
  • In regions not subject to wet winters, which can cause them to rot, even though they are cold-tolerant.

Interesting facts about houseleeks:

  • Sempervivum tectorum was grown on house roofs in many parts of Europe as protection against storms, pestilence and fire. Small offsets were attached to thatch roofs with a mixture of cow dung and soil.
  • The leaves are used for the treatment of warts, scalds, bites, burns and itching skin conditions.

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What you need:

  • Sempervivum plants
  • shallow dish or bowl
  • drainage gravel
  • sharp sand or grit
  • potting soil
  • decorative rocks or tree bar
  • gravel mulch
  • stout stick about 40cm long and 10mm in diameter
  • watering can.

What to do:

Step 1 - Place a pile of coarse gravel in the centre of the bowl. Pack sand around it and position the largest decorative rock in the bowl. Mix equal parts of grit and potting soil and use this for planting.

Pour Gravel in Bowl Mix Grit and Soil Step 1 Step 2

Step 2 - Place plants in the bowl and add the soil and sand mixture, then prod it firmly around the plant with the stick. Continue until the container is filled adding additional decorative rocks as required.

Step 3 - Mulch the surface with sieved grit to finish the dish garden off.

Add Sieved Grit Sprinkle with Water Step 3 Step 4

Step 4 - Sprinkle with water. Do not over do it, as there is no drainage hole in the base of the container.

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