How to care for a hens & chicks plant

Written by karen ellis
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How to care for a hens & chicks plant
(lisanngk at Flickr)

Hens and chicks (or hen and chicks) plants are perennial succulents, which means that the plant stays alive year after year and that it's formed of fleshy, water-retaining stem and body. This is an ideal plant for rock gardens or desert landscaping. They are also perfect as a container plant (indoors or outdoors), as they only grow to a maximum of 6 inches. They can grow in any zone within 4 and 11 (see Resources for zone map). Hens and Chicks plants are extremely easy to grow and care for.

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    Keep your hens and chicks plant in a well-lit location. If your new plant will be kept indoors, make sure it is near a window that receives sunlight for most of the day. If it will be planted in the yard or in a container on a patio or deck, be sure it is getting the most sun possible.

  2. 2

    Transplant your hens and chicks plant into a sandy soil. Interestingly, this is one of those plants that does well in poor soil. If you will be transplanting it, use a sandy soil mixture or add gravel to regular potting soil.

  3. 3

    Water sparingly. Remember, cacti and succulents are desert plants; therefore, they are drought resistant. Let the location or container soil become completely dried out and then give your hens and chicks a good drink. However, do water them right after transplanting.

  4. 4

    Acquire new plants by removing the "chicks," which grow around the mother "hen" plant. Gently remove these little rosettes and transplant them in another garden location or in new containers.

Tips and warnings

  • Fertilisation is unnecessary for hens and chicks plants.
  • If watered too frequently or water is allowed to be retained in the soil, your plant could get root rot, leaf rust or stem rot. Water less and move the hens and chicks plant to a dryer, warmer location.

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