Sempervivum 'Commander Hay' Description
Big rosettes open flat to reveal rings of color on ‘Commander Hay’ hens and chicks (Sempervivum tectorum). This big, bold beauty is a nice way to break up the smaller, more delicate rosettes of cobweb hens and chicks. Also looks great with delicate sedums winding around it! Grow ‘Commander Hay’ with plenty of sun and well-drained soil.
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 tectorum 'Commander Hay'
- Common name:
Hens and chicks, Houseleek
- Sun exposure:
Sun to light shade
- Ship form:
3 1/2" Pot
- Soil type:
Any dry or well-drained soil
- Soil moisture:
Dry to average
- Height x width:
2-3" x 4-6"
- Flower color:
- Foliage color:
- Bloom season:
Alpine & rock, Container gardening, Edging, Ground cover, Rock garden, Small spaces, Under planting
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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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