My Favorite Plant: Hens & Chicks Succulent

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Succulent plants are beautiful in their varieties of sizes, shapes, textures, and colors. What little I understand about them is the information I researched. Just like names and classifications. I’ve already lost some, and I’m still an apprentice because part of the experience is with the plants themselves. Both succulents and ornamental foliage have their preferences.

Each of them teaches: preferred location, ventilation, amount of watering, adequate light, and hours exposed to the sun, room temperature, adequate soil, good drainage and, thus, every specific care with each of them leaves your garden, your home a pleasant environment, an energy that proposes a beautiful harmony with nature. There are lots of succulents, but my favorite is Hens & Chicks Succulent.

My Favorite Plant: Hens & Chicks Succulent

Hens and chicks succulent is my most favorite plant than other succulents. They are so beautiful and quite lovely succulents. Hens and chicks succulents are quite small than other plants. In my garden, there are 5 hens and chicks succulents. Hens and chicks succulents are so easy to set up and plant; that’s why it’s my favorite plant. If you ever see hens and chicks succulent, you will feel that thing why it is my favorite.

My other favorite succulents

Graptosedum’ California Sunset’

Like the friends of the rosette above, this plant spreads quickly from leaves and cuttings. It forms beautiful clusters of rosettes as it gets bigger. You may also find that it produces 2-3 rosettes on each leaf that you propagate!  It requires a little sunlight to maintain a deep red color, so once fully developed; it is advisable to leave it somewhere that receives intense light throughout the day.

Graptoveria’ Fred Ives’

How can you resist Fred’s beautiful coloring? I have been addicted to this succulent for quite some time. It spreads extremely quickly from leaves, cuttings, and seeds, and even from a bare trunk!

My sister-in-law had a really leggy Fred Ives that was getting embarrassed. We cut off the head and plant it in a new pot. We maintained the base that postponed further ramifications. I decided to keep the stem and see what would happen. New branches also grew!

Kalanchoe daigremontiana | “Mother of thousands.”

This plant is actually considered a harmful weed in various parts of the world because it is so prolific. I love it! It grows babies along the edge of its leaves. When babies start to have their own roots, they fall off the mother plant and start the process again.

Sedum morganianum | Donkey tail

This is one of my favorite succulents to spread from the leaves. It also does cuts very well. I love that it can be used as a plant right in the arrangements. It is not uncommon to see these several meters of growth in areas where they can be left untouched.

Sempervivum varieties

If you live in an area that receives snow and frost during the winter, this last succulent will be your favorite. The photo above is an arachnoideum variety of Sempervivum, also called houseleeks or hens and chicks. When spring comes, they will start making new babies like rabbits. By the end of the summer, you will have so many that you will not know what to do with them. You will find these to be an excellent option for filling pots, as well as ground cover.

Interesting Facts About Hens & Chicks Succulent 

  • Scientific Name: The Hens & Chicks succulent belongs to the Sempervivum genus, which means “always alive” in Latin, reflecting its hardiness and resilience.
  • Common Names: Besides Hens & Chicks, they are also known as houseleeks and liveforever.
  • Appearance: The plant consists of a “hen” (the main rosette) and “chicks” (the smaller rosettes that sprout around the hen).
  • Growth Habit: Hens & Chicks spread by producing offsets, or “chicks,” which can be easily separated and replanted to propagate the plant.
  • Sunlight Needs: They thrive in full sunlight but can also tolerate partial shade. However, their colors are more vibrant when exposed to more sunlight.
  • Water Requirements: As succulents, they require minimal water. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it’s best to let the soil dry out completely between waterings.
  • Soil Preference: They prefer well-draining soil, such as cactus or succulent potting mix, to prevent excess moisture around the roots.
  • Cold Hardiness: Unlike many other succulents, Hens & Chicks are frost-hardy and can survive in colder climates, often enduring temperatures as low as -30°F (-34°C).
  • Flowering: The hen will produce a tall flower stalk in the summer, often with pink, red, or yellow flowers. After flowering, the hen typically dies, but the chicks continue to grow and spread.
  • Uses: Besides being popular in rock gardens and containers, Hens & Chicks are also used for green roofs and living walls due to their low maintenance and drought tolerance.
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