General Care for Sempervivum heuffelii ‘Irene’
‘Irene’ is a very easy succulent to care for, which makes it perfect for beginners. Once the roots are established, it is very forgiving if neglected, but be careful not to over-water!
Just like other Sempervivums, ‘Irene’ is cold hardy and the leaves are evergreen. However, it won’t lose its color, giving it character all year-round.
‘Irene’ is monocarpic, meaning that after it flowers, the mother plant will die. Before that happens, you can expect up to 40 yellowish-white flowers that bloom in the summer.
Don’t let this discourage you from growing this amazing plant, though! It can take three to four years for a mature plant to bloom, and in that time, it will have put off many “chicks.”
Sempervivums are quite sensitive to over-watering, and ‘Irene’ is no different. It’s best to err on the side of caution (under-water) than “love” this plant a bit too much (over-water).
‘Irene’ does best when it receives full sun to partial shade. Plant in well-draining soil, either in the garden (where it will not receive too much water from rain or sprinklers) or in a container.