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
Moss planters by SuperMoss make great centerpieces and gifts. They are perfect for filling with succulents like sempervivum.Each form is covered with green moss and lined with plastic so they can be used indoors. The plastic can be removed for use outside. They are easy to plant and easier to care for than wreaths and other hanging planters.
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
The care guidelines for succulents are pretty simple and straightforward, but who wants to follow the rules? Succulents are cool plants and people want to use them like an art medium, planting them upside-down, in glass, indoors, etc. This is one of my favorite things about hens and chicks; you can get creative with them. We are often asked about growing sempervivum indoors in all different light levels. Semperivuvm have their ideal conditions and then they have conditions that they can surread 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