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How do I grow hen and chicks?

Hen and chicks (Sempervivum) are among the easiest plants to grow from Texas to Canada’s Zone 4. You’ll be successful with them outdoors if you plant in full sun and well-drained soil. As with cacti, they don’t like shade or soggy ground.

They’re good container plants, indoors and out. When grown as a houseplant, be sure to give them sun or very bright light and don’t overwater. Let the soil dry completely before watering again.

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If you've killed houseplants in the past by watering too much, use a potting soil that's just for cactus.

Although grown mostly for the succulent rosettes, mature plants do bloom. And another nice thing about hen and chicks – they’re drought-tolerant.

So enjoy your new evergreen plant and have fun with it. It will expand as it grows.


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