The Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum) plant is a succulent that thrives in unwelcoming or harsh environments. The “hen” is the main part of the plant, or mother. The “chicks” are a flock of offspring which start out as tiny buds but then create their own root systems, growing close to the mother. These succulents look like rubbery roses and can flower after established in your rock garden or indoors after a few years. There are multiple varieties and colors can range from green and pink to orange, even dark black cherry.
This succulent is ADORABLE and the perfect indoor plant or outdoor rock garden addition to your plant collection, especially in the midwestern United States.
Here are my 5 reasons why Hen and Chicks are AWESOME!
- Amazing tolerance for poor soil and unwelcoming conditions and harsh environments. Perfect for planting in the Midwest, they enjoy an average climate of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Drought tolerant however, they enjoy regular waterings for optimal growth, especially when the temperatures are high. Water them at the base of the plant, ensuring water does not sit on their petals. This will cause rot and decay.
- The plant thrives in full sun but can also grow in partial shade. They prefer at least six hours of full sunlight per day. They begin to spread out after a few weeks, therefore making them a perfect groundcover and preventing weeds.
- When it gets cold, they do not die! Hen and Chicks are perennials that stop growing and become dormant if the temperature gets too low. Additionally, as soon as the temperatures reach 65 degrees, they will perk back up!
- You can propagate and create new “mothers” from the offspring Chicks. To do so, remove the chicks, keeping their root system intact and replant or repot.
Hen and Chick plants are found in local greenhouses, big box stores that have a garden section, online plant stores and even Amazon. Ask your friends and family, they may have a plant and won’t mind giving you a “chick” to start your own!
The two plants pictured in this post are now two years old and even though they have been outside through all seasons in the midwestern United States, they are thriving.
I hope this post convinces you that the Hen and Chick will be your next plant addition!