How to Plant Hens and Chicks: 14 Steps
Hens and chicks, also known as Sempervivum, are an attractive and low-maintenance succulent plant species. With their unique appearance and hardy nature, they can be a perfect addition to your home garden or outdoor landscape. Here are 14 steps to help you successfully plant hens and chicks.
1. Choose the right spot: Hens and chicks do best in well-draining soil and prefer a sunny location. Choose a spot that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.
2. Prepare the soil: If your soil is not naturally well-draining, consider mixing in some sand or gravel to promote proper drainage.
3. Select healthy plants: Choose hens and chicks with firm leaves, free of any signs of rot or disease.
4. Plan your layout: Decide on the arrangement of your plants before you start planting. Since hens and chicks grow close together, space them about 6-8 inches apart.
5. Dig holes for planting: Make sure each hole is slightly wider and deeper than the root ball of your plant.
6. Remove plants from pots: Carefully remove the hens and chicks from their pots by gently squeezing the sides until the plant comes loose.
7. Place plants in holes: Place each plant in its respective hole, making sure the crown (where the roots meet the stem) is level with the soil surface.
8. Backfill with soil: Fill in any gaps around the roots with soil, and gently firm it down with your hands.
9. Water thoroughly: After planting, water your hens and chicks until the soil is moist but not soggy. Take care not to overwater, as succulents are prone to rot if waterlogged.
10. Provide proper care: Water your hens and chicks sparingly after they have been established – once every two weeks in the summer and once a month during the rest of the year. Fertilize with half-strength balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season.
11. Encourage multiplication: As your hens and chicks grow, they will produce “chicks” or offsets. Gently remove these new plants and replant them elsewhere in your garden to give them space to thrive.
12. Monitor for pests and disease: Keep an eye on your hens and chicks for signs of pests such as aphids or mealybugs, or fungal diseases like black root rot. Address any issues as necessary.
13. Protect from frost: While hens and chicks can tolerate some cold temperatures, they may need additional protection in freezing conditions. Cover them with floating row covers or move potted plants indoors.
14. Enjoy your thriving hens and chicks: With proper care, your hens and chicks will multiply and flourish, creating a beautiful display in your garden or landscape.
By following these 14 steps, you’ll be well on your way to successfully planting, caring for, and enjoying the beauty of hens and chicks in your home garden or outdoor space.