Sempervivum Chocolate Kiss | Chocolate Colored Beauty |

Sempervivum chocolate kiss is a plant which you should not miss out on in your succulent collection. They are that special in terms of their appearance and in their color. 

These are rosette forming plants and would be great additions for your rock gardens, wall plantings, borders as well as for your ground covers too. 

One of the common names you can use for these plants is Sempervivum ‘Pacific Devil’s Food’ (Gossett). These are drought tolerant plants. 

In fact you can skip watering them for sometime as their leaves can conserve water for extended periods.

You could consider them to grow in patio planters as well. Chocolate kiss are an evergreen perennial set of plants just like the rest of the plants belong to sempervivum. 

Anybody can consider growing the Chocolate kiss plants be it a fresher in gardening or an experienced Gardner. 

That is simply because growing them is a simple task. This article is a comprehensive guide on how to look after these plants well and the special care tips you need to follow to avoid the diseases they may come across. 

Sempervivum Chocolate Kiss

How do I identify sempervivum chocolate kisses?

You can easily identify the sempervivum chocolate kiss plants from their big foliage. 

Sempervivum chocolate kiss rosette would be burgundy or brown in color. You could spot them carrying their rosettes all year long. 

Besides, you could spot them forming many offsets in hot pink particularly during spring. They could rise up to a maximum height of 2-3 inches. On the other hand, their maximum width would be 12 inches.

Besides these factors, sempervivum chocolate kiss plants produce pink flowers during summer. These are monocarpic plants which literally mean they would die right after they produce flowers.

One look care guide

Botanical NameSempervivum ‘chocolate kiss’
Common NameSempervivum ‘Pacific Devil’s Food’
Plant TypeSucculent
Mature SizeMaximum height of 2-3 inches
Maximum width would be 12 inches
Sun ExposureFull sunlight to partial shade
Soil TypeWell-draining, gritty
Soil pHNeutral 
Bloom TimeSummer
Flower ColorPink
Hardiness ZonesUSDA hardiness zone 5
ToxicityNon-Toxic
Average price $ 8

How do you take care of a sempervivum chocolate kiss?

Light Requirement 

Sempervivum chocolate kiss plants have high demands of sunlight. Literally, they need to have 6 hours of full sunlight in the morning and partial shade for another six more hours. 

It is important that you fulfill their sunlight requirement since only then they can maintain the tight rosette form and continue to grow in the vibrant colors.

Temperature and humidity.

Sempervivum chocolate kiss plants can grow well if they get temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Hence most of their growth would take place during spring and summer. 

These are frost hardy plants too Besides they can even withstand the frost condition if you cover them with frost cloth. 

Is it cold hardy?

Sempervivum chocolate kiss plants are cold hardy up to 5 degrees Celsius (-20F).

USDA Hardiness Zone

Sempervivum chocolate kiss hardy plants in USDA hardiness zone 5.

Watering Requirement 

Sempervivum chocolate kiss plants have minimal requirements when it comes to water. In fact, they can thrive and grow as usual even if you forget to water them once or twice

What you need to make sure is to let their soil dry between two watering sessions. Further when you water, you need to water them deeply as well. 

Ideally it needs to reach all the nooks and corners in the pot and excess water should drain away from the draining holes. Ensure that you allow them to absorb water for a few minutes.

You can water them once every 10 days during summer and spring. That is because the temperature levels during spring and summer are high. 

On the other hand, you can reduce watering during autumn and fall since they will be in their dormancy during winter.

Soil Requirement / pH.

A porous well-draining soil mix is a must to grow them in. It is important that you grow them in a soil mix which does not create waterlogged, soggy and damp conditions in the pot. 

If you grow them in a garden bed, the soil there should not be a dense one.. You can consider adding substances such as coarse sand, pumice or gypsum and amend the soil to make it more optimal for them.

Pot size Potting and Repotting.

A terracotta pot, concrete cement pots would go well with the Sempervivum chocolate kiss plants.

Besides, you can use them for rock crevices, metal containers, succulents’ wreaths, roof singles as well.

Where to Plant

To plant the Sempervivum chocolate kiss plants you need to select a spot where they can gain plenty of sunlight. As aforesaid Sempervivum chocolate kiss plants would be great picks for ground covers as well. 

Fertilizer and time of year

I encourage you to feed them with a controlled release fertilizer at the start of their growing period. Besides, you can feed them with a diluted liquid balanced fertilizer of 20-20-20 once a week. 

However, you need to dilute it to quarter strength and then apply. When you have to feed the immature Sempervivum chocolate kiss plants, you can go ahead with a fertilizer which has a minor amount of Nitrogen.

Dormancy.

Sempervivum chocolate kiss plants are winter dormant plants.

Toxicity

Sempervivum chocolate kiss plants are pets safe plants.

Common bugs and illnesses.

Over watering is what causes many problems with the Sempervivum chocolate kiss plants. These are drought tolerant plants which literally means they can go waterless and still thrive well to the fullest. 

If you supply them with excess water, it could result in root rot and will make the plants more vulnerable towards the pest infestations as well. Pests such as mealybugs could invade them at any given time if you water the plants in excess.

Furthermore, ensure that you conduct regular check ups on the plants occasionally so that you could see if there are any upcoming diseases of the plants. 

If you find any in advance, it will help you to treat them then and there and to minimize the damage it does to the plants.

To treat the pest infestations, you can use systemic insecticide and apply them. Alternatively, you may apply neem oil as well. 

Besides, you may also use isopropyl alcohol too. Moreover, you may use rubbing alcohol and wipe the affected leaves to treat mealy bug pest infestation.

How to propagate sempervivum chocolate kiss

The propagation of Sempervivum chocolate kiss plants is very simple. Sempervivum chocolate kiss plants develop shoots, and they will later on become smaller plants

When they grow in the wild, they will naturally detach and start to develop roots wherever they find a suitable place to grow.

However, if you wish to propagate them, you can simply remove the plantlets and plant them as individual plants.

Besides, you can use their stem cuttings to propagate them too. All you need to do is to obtain the small cuttings and let them wither for about one week’s time. 

Next, place them in a potting medium. Howeverthe soil mix you are using for this purpose should have excellent drainage. Consider watering them once it is dry. Do not apply any fertilizers at this time 

Sempervivum chocolate kiss plant benefits

Sempervivum chocolate kiss plants would be productive as container plants, combination container plants, ground covers etc. Besides you can also use them as tabletop planters, patio plants too. 

Further you can keep them as ornamental plants too. You may even gift these plants to your friends who are freshers in gardening. 

Conclusion 

These are hardy plants, and you cannot easily kill them also. All you need to ensure is that you do not over water them and avoid exposing them to moist environments. 

If you manage to provide the right growing conditions for them, they will grow to their fullest and may even start producing flowers also.

They are such pleasant looking plants, and everybody would fall in love with them.

Credit to : met metz
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I’m Dr. Chamika, As a hobby love talking about plants and showing you that taking care of indoor plants. My website is knowledge I’ve learned over the years and continue to learn about growing succulents. If you’re a succulent lover, then you have come to the correct place.

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