Sempervivum Pacific Devil's Food Description
Pacific Devil's Food, Chocolate Kiss is a remarkable red to reddish brown Hen and Chick. Not all Hens and chicks hold their color so beautifully during the heat of the summer months. A large size Hen with wide leaves. Extremely attractive form and rich color makes this fine succulent deserve a place in your containers or garden.
Plants grow to 1-2" tall and quickly form colonies of rosettes 12" across. Baby "chicks" can be plucked off and planted separately where they will quickly root & produce their own colony.
Their evergreen foliage provides great winter interest and they make perfect container plants where we've seen them used in tabletop centerpieces where they are sure to be a conversation starter!
Their compact & evergreen habit make them perfect companions for drought-proof Sedums.
Special Features: Cold Hardy, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Evergreen, Fast Growing, Heat Tolerant, Multi-Seasonal Interest, Winter Interest
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- Botanical Name:
Sempervivum Pacific Devil's Food
- Common Name:
Hen & Chicks, Chocolate Kiss Chick Charms
- Sun Exposure:
Sun to Light Shade
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- Height x Width:
1-2" x 12"
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- Bloom Season:
Alpine & Rock, Container Gardening, Edging, Ground Cover, Rock Garden, Small Spaces, Under Planting
- Cannot Ship to:
AK, CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #:None
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Soil: Must have very well-draining soil in order to thrive. Prefers well-draining compost with 25 to 50 % sand or other grit. Ideally the soil pH level should be neutral, between 6.6 and 7.5. The plant will grow in almost no soil in rocky crevices or walls. Tough in most respects, sempervivum will perish quickly if planted in poorly draining soil.
Light: Best in full sun. Will tolerate light shade, but not deep shade.
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"
Fertilizing: In average soil no fertilizer is really needed.
Winterizing: No special care needed. May suffer in rainy, wet winter weather. The majority of sempervivum are frost hardy but it you prefer to grow a variety that is not, plant it in a pot or flat and move indoors for winter.
Maintenance & Pruning: Once a hen plant produces a chick, that chick will begin producing its own babies after only 1 season. Sempervivum plants generally only live for 3 years, so the plants have 2 productive years before they die. After 3 years and having produced many baby plants a Sempervivum grows a tall center stalk that blooms before the plant dies. Cutting off the center stalk will not prevent the plant from dying. Easily planted by dividing the chicks (offsets) in the spring or early summer, placing each chick in its own pot with a well-draining potting mixture. Use a pot with a hole in the bottom to ensure drainage. They can be cultivated in a lightly shaded section of a cold frame and then planted in the summer once the roots are established.
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