alpines type wot to do please

Hi all from sunny Norfolk,we have planted an Alpine sort of thing and this plant has shot a 6 inch stork out with 4 or 5 flower heads on it ,does anyone know wot i do with it , its sticking about 3 inches in the air ,do i cut it and plant it or leave it, being a succulent its very fleshy and i dont want to hurt it,Help if poss please,

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  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 2,405

    I just left mine Alan, aren't they just flowers?

    I think I read on here that the rosette it is stuck to will die afterwards - hopefully someone will correct me if I'm mistakenimage

  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,168

    Alan......Victoria is correct.........it's a Sempervivum ( House Leek to you and I )...the flower spike will die back as will the rosette it came from......the surrounding rosettes will then flower when they have reached a certain size and the whole cycle begins againimage

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,713

    It's the flower Alan. It'll die off like any other flower and the base  just dies back as well. I've just chucked one that's finished image

    They have so many offshooots that you can just take those off and plant them elsewhere or let them spread around the area they're in.

    They're strange looking little flowers aren't they? image

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569

    hi Viv ,any chance of its name so i can look it up as well please ,iv got loads of plant books but no succulents at all,im blaming Kate it was her idea in the first place, but they are really nice looking plants when done right, shes started 2 more big flat tray pots of em its her latest garden thing, cheers Victoriaimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,230

    There re so many sempervivums and they all look much the same to me. A bit of red here, a touch of white there. But 100s of different names for all thatimage

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569

    Hi all i didnt know you all had answered me ,thanks for all the info,so i can take it off and replant it in her new one shes doing ,it all sounds really good Buy one get a thousand free Yes i can do that ,the new ones being done look really deserty and yt colourfull ,many thanks all  Sempervivium it is image

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 2,405

    I wouldn't have a clue Alan, sorry.

    I bought mine when I did a course at Harlow Carr last summer and they gave me some plant vouchers. They had names but I'm afraid I was careless and misplaced them...image

    They are strangely addictive though image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,612

    Hi Alan - just to add that here in East Anglia it was traditional to grow a clump of sempervivums (known as Houseleeks) on the pantiled roofs of  old cottages in the belief that they prevented lightening strikes.  

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sempervivum 

    I used to know several very old cottages with houseleeks on the roof - particularly what we in East Anglia call a Catslide roof  which was usually part of an added-on kitchen like this one 

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     Haven't seen houseleeks on a roof for several years image

    But I've found a pic online 

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    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,168

    Dove.......didn't know it was to do with lightning strikes...... thanks......live and learn. We used to have them on French houses ......I noticed them too on the local Convent outhouses..........the little roofs you describe as  Catslide roofs.

    I love them ......bowls of them everywhere and have recently planted some on my roof slope (in place of Stonecrop) ......I was feeling quite pleased until my elderly neighbour phoned me the other morning......"Philippa........did you realise you have stuff growing on your roof" ? She does tend to get in a panic image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,230

    I didn't know it was lightning strikes. I thought it was about drunken husbands

    http://www.baytoday.ca/content/columns/details.asp?c=9373

     

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