The sempervivum hedgehog succulent is a very well known beautiful succulent that’s in the very popular sempervivum succulent family. Many growers want to learn to grow this succulent and it’s very easy!
This succulent has beautiful red leaves with a bit of neon green in the middle of it. It will also grow beautiful offsets when this succulent grows to full size, giving you extra succulent cuttings. It will also produce red/orange flowers in the spring.
The sempervivum hedgehog succulent is slow growing and it also won’t grow that large. It will grow all the way up to 3 inches tall and 6 inches wide. Not the biggest succulent, so don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t get that big.
You can grow the sempervivum hedgehog succulent indoors or outdoors, your choice! It will definitely grow larger and maybe healthier outdoors than indoors, but indoor growing is still very common and popular.
You can also grow this succulent in any location outdoors, just as long as the weather is warm enough and is suitable for growing succulents. This succulent is cold hardy, however really cold weather will kill it. Make sure you move this succulent indoors during the cold winter season.
The sempervivum hedgehog succulent is very easy to grow and care for. By the end of this article, you will know all of the exact grow and care requirements for growing this succulent healthy and happy. These grow and care requirements are for both indoor and outdoor growing.
Use Ramsey Succulent Soil
This succulent grows best in well-drained succulent soil. It's very important that you use well-drained succulent soil so the soil doesn't stay soaked with water for several days. If you overwater the succulent and the soil stays wet and not dry for several days, then mold and bacteria will grow and appear. The mold and bacteria will then attack the roots of the succulent giving it root rot. Root rot is known as the #1 most common reason why a succulent will die.
To avoid mold/bacteria and root rot, you must use well-drained succulent soil. Well-drained succulent soil will keep the soil dry at a very fast rate preventing mold/bacteria and root rot from appearing. Any succulent grower expert will tell you that you need well-drained succulent soil, it's definitely a requirement for growing this succulent and every single other succulent out there.
We recommend using arguably the best succulent soil out there "Ramsey Succulent Soil"
Ramsey Succulent soil is arguably the best succulent soil on the market simply because it gets the job done and is loaded with nutrients.
Ramsey Succulent Soil has ingredients such as perlite, sand, and seaweed. Perlite and sand are known as the best ingredients out there if you want your soil well-drained. The perlite and sand will soak up all the excess water that your succulent does not need, preventing the soil from staying soaking wet for several days. So yes, Ramsey Succulent Soil will prevent mold/bacteria and root rot (the #1 most common reason why a succulent will die) simply because there will be no excess water.
That's not all tho.
What makes Ramsey Succulent Soil arguably the best are the nutrients that's in the soil. These nutrients will help your succulents grow bigger, faster, and healthier.
Ramsey Succulent Soil has seaweed fertilizer, which has 60 trace minerals and nutrients. Yes, your succulents will be absorbing 60 trace minerals and nutrients. This will make your succulents grow bigger, faster, and healthier without a doubt. Compared to other succulent soil, this succulent soil will make a huge huge difference for your plants. Don't believe us? Check out this picture below. You can definitely tell which succulent soil is better for your succulents.
The basic watering requirements for growing the sempervivum hedgehog succulent would be to water the succulent once a week and once a week only. This is the perfect amount of water for growing this succulent healthy and happy.
It’s very important that you don’t overwater this succulent. Overwatering a succulent isn’t good at all and shouldn’t be done. If you overwater this succulent then there’s a very high chance that root rot will occur.
As we have mentioned, root rot occurs when the soil stays wet and not dry for several days. Overwatering will simply keep the soil wet and not dry due to too much water. There will be way too much water in the soil, giving mold and bacteria an opportunity to occur.
This is why it’s very important to not overwater this succulent and only water this succulent once a week and once a week only. This succulent doesn’t need or want too much water anyways, so just don’t overwater it!
Underwatering can also occur when growing this succulent. If this succulent has been underwatered then it will start to show signs/symptoms. Underwatering signs/symptoms would be dry/wrinkled leaves. If your sempervivum hedgehog succulent has dry/wrinkled leaves then dig your finger into the soil. If the soil feels very dry then go ahead and water the succulent.
It’s also very important to keep track of the exact last time you watered your sempervivum hedgehog succulent. If a watering issue does occur then you will know exactly what’s going on and what to do next to treat or save the succulent.
You should grow your sempervivum hedgehog succulent in the correct size succulent pots, and in succulent pots with a drainage hole. If you bought a 2 inch sempervivum hedgehog succulent then use a 2-3 inch size succulent pot. If you bought a 4 inch sempervivum hedgehog succulent then use a 4-5 inch one.
It is also very important to use a succulent pot with a drainage hole. If your succulent pot does not have a drainage hole then your succulent may sit in a wet puddle for several days.
As we have mentioned, root rot will occur if your succulent sits in a wet puddle for several days. A drainage hole helps solve this simply because it drains all of the water out, and this helps keep the soil very dry.
If your succulent pot doesn’t have a drainage hole don’t worry, we have an article on how to grow succulents in pots without drainage holes.
Also pick a succulent pot that you think is unique! Your sempervivum hedgehog succulent will look great in any style pot that you use!
You should give your sempervivum hedgehog succulent 6 hours of sunlight/light each and every single day. This is the perfect amount of sunlight/light for healthy and happy growing.
Especially if you want this succulent to get its unique and pretty colors it will need its light. If it doesn’t get enough sunlight/light then it will start to look pale and not like what it’s supposed to look like.
Don’t give this succulent too much sun, too much sun will cause a sunburn and dry leaves. This isn’t healthy and will cause health issues in the future. Make sure you give it partial shade so it can take a break from the sun and grow healthy.
When growing indoors you must make sure that this succulent gets at least 6 hours of sunlight/light every single day. 1 common problem when growing succulents indoors, is the process of etiolation.
Etiolation occurs when a succulent hasn’t gotten enough light/sunlight, so it begins to stretch or grow tall. It’s craving for any source of light it can find, so it begins to stretch to find that source of light.
You must stop this and place this succulent in an area that is getting sunlight/light. If you don’t take action then the succulent will continue to stretch and then possibly snap in half and end up dying.
This is why it’s very important to make sure you’re giving this succulent 6 hours of sunlight/light every single day when growing indoors. This will provide healthy and happy growth.
Most Common Growing Problems:
To prevent overwatering, make sure to keep track of when was the last time you watered your sempervivum hedgehog succulent. If your sempervivum hedgehog succulent looks like it is rotting, or looks sad/unhealthy then root rot may have appeared. Root rot happens when you overwater, and you must take action immediately.
For more information on root rot and how to prevent and get rid of it, visit our article.
Lack Of Sunlight:
Make sure your sempervivum hedgehog succulent gets enough sunlight, at least 6 hours per day. Lack of sunlight will make your sempervivum hedgehog succulent look pale, and not green. Lack of sunlight will also make your sempervivum hedgehog succulent grow slower than usual.
Make sure your sempervivum hedgehog succulent plant gets enough water. If your sempervivum hedgehog succulent looks dry, or its leaves are wrinkled then it is under watered for sure. Dry/wrinkled leaves are common signs of an underwatered succulents and you must water it asap.
The sempervivum hedgehog succulent is a very unique and beautiful succulent that every single succulent lover needs to grow!
With its beautiful colors, shape and design this succulent will make such a beautiful and amazing indoor or outdoor garden decoration.
The sempervivum hedgehog succulent is also very easy to grow and care for. You now know all of the grow and care requirements to do so! Best of luck growing this amazing, beautiful succulent known as the sempervivum hedgehog succulent.
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