Hens and Chicks
4.4 out of 5 (129 experiences)
About Hens and Chicks
Common Houseleek is a species of flowering plant in the family Crassulaceae native to the mountains of southern Europe. It is cultivated in Europe for its appearance, and a Roman tradition that says it protects buildings against lightning strikes. It thrives in sandy or gravelly soils and will tolerate poor soils and some drought. It's at its best when planted in groups or massed as a ground cover.
Also known as
Houseleek and Desert Rose Sempervivum
How to care for Hens and Chicks
How often to water your Hens and Chicks
Hens and Chicks needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Chicago, Illinois.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Hens and Chicks in your home
Hens and Chicks love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Chicago, Illinois ⛅.
Hens and Chicks does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
How to fertilize Hens and Chicks
Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Hens and Chicks after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Hens and Chicks is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!
Hens and Chicks thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Hens and Chicks requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Hens and Chicks is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.
Hens and Chicks prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.
Hens and Chicks is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!
Hens and Chicks should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
It’s common for Hens and Chicks to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.
Hens and Chicks is native to the Mediterranean.
Hens and Chicks produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.
Hens and Chicks grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Hens and Chicks can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Hens and Chicks can be propagated by division into new individual plants.
- Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
- If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
- Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
- Repot the parent plant back into its original pot
Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Hens and Chicks. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.
Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!
Care Summary for Hens and Chicks
Hens and Chicks
0.5 cups every 12 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in Chicago, Illinois, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.