- Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 4 - 6 Inches
- Mature Spread 4 - 6 Inches
- Growing Zones 4 - 8
Hens and Chicks is a well-loved plant partly because it provides unique color and texture but also because it is possibly the easiest plant to maintain. The Ruby Heart Hens and Chicks really thrives when it is left alone. This hardy succulent has fleshy foliage in a deep red near the center that transitions to light green at the pointed tips. The foliage is a big part of the appeal of this plant, but this beauty also blooms. Enjoy clusters of pinkish-purple flowers at the height of summer.
The Ruby Heart Hens and Chicks is a perennial in USDA growing zones 4 through 8. Use this plant in borders, containers, or as ground cover. The color and texture provide visual interest in a rock garden or mixed perennial bed. Due to the low height, place the Ruby Heart Hens and Chicks near the front of a bed to see and admire these succulents. This plant grows in a rosette formation and will send out offshoots that will develop into new plants.
Ruby Heart Hens and Chicks Care
As a succulent, Ruby Heart Hens and Chicks need dry conditions, and this plant prefers sandy, rocky soil. Plant in an area that receives full sun and water once a week as needed. Sempervivum is drought-tolerant, so don’t be in a rush to water. The plant has a quick life cycle and will typically die back shortly after it blooms, at which time the nearby offshoots will then take over. Plants that start to show signs of dying can be removed to create more space for the other plants.
This perennial will die back in areas that receive harsh winter weather, but it will grow back in the spring. The plant can be brought indoors to overwinter and grown as a houseplant or stored in a protected area. Ruby Heart Hens and Chicks is not a heavy feeder, and this plant does not require fertilization.
Ruby Heart Hens and Chicks Spacing
The Ruby Heart Hens and Chicks is a compact plant that will reach 4 to 6 inches tall and spread 8 to 10 inches. This plant naturally sends out pups or offshoots that will set roots close to the mother plant. Plants can be moved if they appear too cramped, although more space will become available as older plants die back.
Ruby Heart Hens and Chicks Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8|
|Plant Type: Perennials|
|Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)|
|Mature Height: 4 - 6 Inches|
|Mature Spread: 8 - 10 Inches|
|Spacing: 8 - 10 Inches|
|Habit: Spreading, Trailing|
|Flower Color(s): Purple, Red|
|Flower Description: Rose-Purple|
|Bloom Period: Mid-Summer|
|Foliage Type: Variegated|
|Foliage Color(s): Green, Red|
|Foliage Description: Fleshy Red And Green|
|Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering|
|Resists: Deer, Rabbit|
|Tolerates: Heat, Drought|
|Uses: Borders, Containers, Edging, Groundcovers, Mass Planting, Wildlife Gardens|
|Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance|
|Common Name: Ruby Heart Hens and Chicks|
|Scientific Name: SEMPERVIVUM `RUBY HEART`|
Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.
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Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.