Hens and Chicks Care

Hens and Chicks, Sempervivum, are a hardy plant that is extremely easy to grow. The plants can tolerate poor soil and are drought tolerant. They will also spread easily (although they are not invasive). The hens are the large part of the plant, and the babies are the chicks, which is how the plants spread. Most hens and chicks can grow in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 8. Some can survive in zones 2 and 9 as well. Most people think of these plants as succulents, but they are actually in the stonecrop family.


These low maintenance plants require very little care once established. During periods of extreme drought, the plants may need supplemental water. But in general the plants can go very long periods of time without water. Ensure the soil drains well and does not stay moist or the roots will rot. Plant in a location that gets full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).

Click on the links to read more in depth information about how to care for hens and chicks. But in general the plants require very little care.

Common Hens and Chicks Care Questions

Do Hens And Chicks Need Sun Or Shade?

Hens and chicks are full sun plants, and do best with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. a day.

Do Hens And Chicks Spread?

Hens and chicks do spread, by way of the hens producing the chicks, They do so fairly easily and with minimal care, though they are not at all invasive.

Do Hens And Chicks Come Back Every Year?

Hens and chicks do come back every year, they are perennial plant the provides plenty of visual interest even in the winter months. 

What Is The Growth Rate Of Hens And Chicks?

Growing fairly quickly, hens and chicks usually multiply once or twice a year, and occasionally up to three times. 

Are Hens And Chicks Indoor Or Outdoor Plants?

Hens and chicks can be grown both indoors and outdoors and do very well, as long as they're getting at least 6 hours of bright sunlight a day.

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