Grow a Flock of Hens and Chicks Plants 

Chickens and chicks like well-draining soil and full sun to moderate shade. To avoid waterlogging and root rot, choose a sunny, well-drained spot in your garden.  

Choose the Right Location 

Add coarse sand, perlite, or gravel to the soil before planting to promote drainage. Hens and chicks like 6.0–7.0 pH soil.  

Prepare the Soil 

Warmer spring and fall are ideal for planting hens and chicks. Dig a shallow hole in the prepared soil and gently place the plant root ball. Due to its spreading growth, space plants 6–12 inches apart.  


Water newly planted hens and chicks to establish roots. They need little water once established. Overwatering can cause root rot, so let the soil dry between waterings.  


Low-maintenance hens and chicks benefit from occasional fertilizing during the growing season. Use half-strength balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every four to six weeks.  


Hens and chicks' capacity to grow offsets, or "chicks," around the mother plant's base is attractive. These can be gently detached from the parent plant and replanted to grow additional plants.  


Succulent hens and chicks can survive frost and snow in most areas. In colder climates, cover container-grown plants with mulch or bring them indoors during extreme cold spells.  

Winter Care 

Pests and illnesses rarely affect hens and chicks. However, watch for mealybugs, aphids, and fungal infections, especially in humid circumstances. Treat infestations immediately with insecticidal soap or neem oil.  

Pests and Diseases 

Chickens and chicks are great for container gardening in tiny spaces, rock gardens, and succulent arrangements. Use cactus or succulent potting mix in a shallow, well-draining container.  

Container Gardening 

Your hens and chicks will provide you beautiful rosettes and low-maintenance beauty year after year. Relax and watch them grow in your garden.  


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