There are several plant varieties that are referred to as "hens and chicks." Sometimes it is difficult to tell them apart. Sempervivum and Jovibarba plants for example look almost identical, but their flowers are completely distinct. Botanists actually use a plants flowers more than the plant itself to distinguish/classify plants. See the difference in flowers below. The Jovibarba succulent flower is generally yellowish with closed petals. Sempervivum on the other hand have an open, starread more
See just how tough hens and chicks can be. Customers often want to know how long they can hold their plants before planting them again. We decided to perform a little test. We started with four similar plants and put them in situations that might arise when you can't get around to planting right away.
As hens and chicks grow, their bottom leaves will shrivel up and die. Sometimes this is caused by overwatering, underwatering, not enough light or other stresses to the plant. Other times though, it is just the variety. Some varieties have lots of leaves die back during the winter while others lose hardly any. It isn't necessary to remove the dead leaves, but it does a lot to help make the plants look pretty again. Removing the dead leaves from hens and chicks is fairly easy. The time reqread more
Hens and Chicks come in all shapes and sizes... well, they are generally the same shape, but they are available in a wide range of sizes. They grow from varieties smaller than a dime to plants that are bigger than your hand. The tiny hens and chicks, like the jovibarba rollers (Hedge Hog above) and many arachnoideum varieties, are perfect for fairy gardens and delicate, indoor planters. They generally produce well and can quickly create a carpet of small rosettes. Sempervivum arachnoideumread more
Spring in Oregon is amazing. The rain from the winter finally pays off and everything bursts to life with a splash of color. Bright greens, pinks, reds and yellows cover the foliage. Sempervivums and the rest of the succulents are no different.For many hen and chick varieties this is when they are looking their best and most vibrant. They have woken up from their winter dormancy and started growing again. The colors are stunning. Once the summer heat comes, the coloring begins to fade on someread more