Plant Care House Leek

House Leek

4.4 out of 5 (123 experiences)

House Leek has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
House Leek has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About House Leek

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.

Taxonomy

Sempervivum tectorum
Sempervivum
Crassulaceae
Saxifragales

Also known as

Hens and Chicks, houseleek and Desert Rose Sempervivum

How to care for House Leek

Water

How often to water your House Leek

Water needs for House Leek
0.5 cups
every 12

House Leek needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in New York.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of House Leek

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for House Leek in New York

New York, New York

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Growing House Leek in New York right now

Light needs for plant House Leek in New York

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 5th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in New York is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in det…

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Light needs for plant House Leek in New York

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 26.8% ☀️

December 5th, 2021

New York is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in New York is expected to decrease by 26.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.5 megajoules of energy per m2 pe…

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Light needs for plant House Leek in New York

Daylight will decrease by 1.0 hours 📉

December 5th, 2021

This month, New York is getting an average of 7.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 9.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.1 total hours of dayl…

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Finding light for House Leek in your home

Light needs and placement for plant House Leek: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

House Leek 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 New York ⛅.

House Leek does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Nutrients

How to fertilize House Leek

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for House Leek: repot after 2X growth

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 House Leek after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot House Leek

Nutrient needs for plant House Leek in New York

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 5th, 2021

The growing potential in New York is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

House Leek is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Care Summary for House Leek

House Leek

House Leek


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in New York, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

House Leek has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 71
House Leek has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 46
House Leek has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 45
House Leek has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 17
House Leek has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 17
House Leek has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 14
House Leek has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 12
House Leek has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 9
Annaxsmith avatar
@Annaxsmith
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 176 XP
globe Middleville, Michigan
08/15/2021

it’s very easy

Survivor Survivor
Amazingness avatar
@Amazingness
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 111 XP
08/12/2021

It’s fun and looks cool hanging in a small pot near the window 😁

Sharnirose avatar
@Sharnirose
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 710 XP
07/22/2021

This plant is really hardy and doesn’t require much effort

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Mias1fairy avatar
@Mias1fairy
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 86 XP
globe Stockton, New Jersey
07/19/2021

don’t water it to much!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Mccall avatar
@Mccall
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 1,981 XP
globe Salt Lake City, Utah
07/18/2021

Easy plant. I have her in a container with 2 burro-tails and a cactus. She requires very little maintenance. He babies keep on coming. It’s a fun little plant.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Kizwiz avatar
@Kizwiz
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 185 XP
globe Bristol, England
07/10/2021

Dont overwater it

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Harrypotterlover avatar
@Harrypotterlover
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 115 XP
07/08/2021

Easy to take care of.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Harrypotterlover avatar
@Harrypotterlover
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 115 XP
07/07/2021

Be prepared to relax with these plants they are easy

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Hollie  avatar
@Hollie
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 34 XP
globe Rotherham, England
07/07/2021

⟟ love Barbara

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Deirdre avatar
@Deirdre
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 108 XP
globe Wantagh, New York
06/30/2021

I am a fan of all succulents so I find this gorgeous!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Lillththeecatus
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 520 XP
globe Auckland
06/29/2021

I love this little cutie! Sits so well in the terrarium with my string of buttons, so far has been easy to look after and looks adorable. Would totally recommend to new plant parents!

Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Brandy avatar
@Brandy
leaf-1 63 Plants
xp 3,680 XP
globe Pike, New York
06/27/2021

He seems to be happy and growing well, but is he supposed to have all these tiny hairs? I don’t see them on most of the other pics.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Lisa avatar
@Lisa
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 44 XP
globe Campbellsville, Kentucky
06/23/2021

Easy to grow

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Lisa avatar
@Lisa
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 44 XP
globe Campbellsville, Kentucky
06/23/2021

They get big

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Kristygoldblatt
leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 7,664 XP
globe Oliver Springs, Tennessee
06/18/2021

They are growing babies and I love that. ❤️❤️

Survivor Survivor
Zvone avatar
@Zvone
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 639 XP
globe Zagreb, City of Zagreb
06/17/2021

Maybe it’s because of the care or the soil conditions or even my location, but it browns easily. However, it’s very beautiful as a Plant.

Browns easily Browns easily
Tiak143 avatar
@Tiak143
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 386 XP
06/14/2021

I brought it home and it died within days.. not sure if it’s something I did, or if I just got a bad plant. 🤷🏻‍♀️ oh well!

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
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@Jazzthespazz
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 387 XP
globe Happy Valley, Oregon
06/06/2021

This came grown out already in a very small pot without drainage, I recommend a pot with drainage because mine browned and it’s been difficult to grow back.

Phemma101 avatar
@Phemma101
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 179 XP
05/31/2021

I absolutely love this plant it’s easy to manage and lovely!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Phemma101 avatar
@Phemma101
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 179 XP
05/31/2021

Pretty good plant just make sure to buy one without a bunch of dead leafs

Survivor Survivor

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