Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionIts name Allionii' Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum globiferum ssp. Allionii) may be a mouthful, but don't let that stop you. This delightful little succulent is irresistible! Rosettes of succulent light green foliage bring a cheery color and a velvety texture to the garden. Plant Allionii hens and chicks and watch it form a colony of neat rosettes! The larger "hens" will create dozens of little "chicks," and as it matures, you get a mix of different sizes of plants that provide unmatched visual appeal.
Hens and chicks are happy with neglect. Save your time and energy for other plants and just enjoy these sun-loving, drought-tolerant, hardy succulents!DetailsBotanical name:Sempervivum globiferum subsp. Allionii Common name: Hen and chicks, Sempervivum, Houseleek Zone: 5 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 1-2" x 12" Flower color: Pink Foliage color: Light green Season of interest: Year-round Uses: Alpine & rock, container gardening, edging, ground cover, rock garden, small spaces, underplanting How To GrowSoil: Very well-draining soil is imperative for success with hens and chicks. Nothing will kill them faster than soggy conditions, so plant only in soils that are never wet for any lengthy period. Little soil volume is needed; sempervivum will grow in rocky crevices, cracks, walls, between paving stones, and in shallow containers. Light: Full sun - at least 6 hours - is recommended. Part-sun may be okay in hot climates. Water: Immediately after transplanting, water generously. After that, let the soil dry out between watering. Once established, sempervivum is very drought tolerant, requiring little to no supplemental watering. Spacing: 6" - 12" to start - plants will soon fill in and knit together. Fertilizing: None needed. Winterizing: No special care is needed. Maintenance & pruning: Once a hen plant produces a chick, that chick will begin creating its own chicks the following year. Large hen plants eventually grow a tall flower stalk and die after blooming. However, this is no cause for concern as by the time it does this, it will have left behind a large colony of chicks to take its place. Cutting off the center stalk will not prevent the plant from dying. Chicks can be left in place or plucked out and relocated to expand your display.