Sempervivum Chick Charms® 'Gold Nugget' Description
Chick Charms® ‘Gold Nugget’ is always in demand because it is a truly special plant. This unique, golden hens and chicks (Sempervivum sp.) is the first of its kind and a feather in the cap of breeder Chris Hansen. During cool weather, it appears to be lit from within as its foliage glows golden. Red tips make it extra eye-catching. Be aware that Gold Nugget creates “chicks” at a slower rate than other hens and chicks; its color tends more toward chartreuse in hot conditions but just like the trees, you can depend on it to light up every autumn for a seasonal display you’ll look forward to every year.
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 'Gold Nugget'
- Common Name:
Hen & Chicks
- Sun Exposure:
Full sun (l6+ hrs/day)
- Ship Form:
3 1/2" Pot
- Soil Type:
Dry to average
- Soil Moisture:
Dry to average
- Height x Width:
1-2" x 12"
- Flower Color:
- Foliage Color:
Yellow with red tips spring and fall; chartreuse in summer
- Bloom Season:
Alpine & Rock, Container Gardening, Edging, Ground Cover, Rock Garden, Small Spaces, Under Planting
- Cannot Ship to:
AK, CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #:28,284
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Soil: Very well-drained, even dry, soil is imperative for success with hens and chicks. Nothing will do them in faster than soggy conditions, so plant only in soils that are never wet for any lengthy period of time. Little volume of soil is needed; sempervivum will grow in rocky crevices, cracks, walls, between paving stones, and in shallow containers.
Light: Full sun - at least 6 hours/day - is recommended. Very light shade 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 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.
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