Sempervivum Mrs. Guiseppi Description
Hens and Chicks (also known as Sempervivum) are hardy, succulent plants that can withstand extreme temperature and drought.
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 and produce their own colony.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 calcarium Mrs Guiseppi
- Common Name:
Hen & Chicks
- Sun Exposure:
Sun to Light Shade
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- Height x Width:
1-2" x 12"
- Flower Color:
- Foliage Color:
Green with Purple
- Bloom Season:
Alpine & Rock, Container Gardening, Edging, Ground Cover, Rock Garden, Small Spaces, Under Planting
- Cannot Ship to:
AK, CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #:None
Ideas and How-to's
Hens & Chicks have shallow roots which mean you can grow them in very small and or/shallow containers. You have something very pretty to plant them in and realize there are no holes for draining out water.
What if you container doesn't have holes for draining?
1) Every bit of water stays there so you want to water sparingly,slowly and infrequently.
2) Water normally then tip the container on its side to drain any excess water
3) Pot in Pot. Probably the best method. Plant in a smaller pot with drainage holes that can rest inside your larger, non draining container. After watering, remove smaller pot and drain out any excess water.
4) Create a drainage layer. Add pebbles, stones or charcoal to the bottom of your container. A drainage layer gets water out of the soil more quickly
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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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