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How To Care For Hens & Chicks

How To Care For Hens & Chicks

Hens and chicks is a common succulent. The Echeveria x imbricata in particular spreads like craziest to at least two feet. They are normally grey green and this one will turn grey green once it gets planted. It will not be so so pale and then its edged in pink so it’s beautiful. It’s a very very tough plant and this is a succulent that takes full Sun or part shade. It just does fine in part shade. It is fine in bright light and like most of these fleshy succulents will actually burn if the Sun is too hot and too strong.

Low water requirements

In terms of watering, it has low water requirements. About every two weeks or three weeks outdoors. In the winter, they get their natural rains. This one is hardy to about 20degrees. This plant, Echeveria x imbricata will spread to probably about two feet and it gets very very dense. It spreads very densely and maybe a foot tall as it as it mounts.

Good drainage

It’s great in containers and like all succulents, it needs good drainage. So make sure that your garden has good drainage, or that you are using a potting soil that has good drainage stuff such as succulents and cactus mix. When this plant flowers, it gets a lovely flower that goes up on a stalk and kind of curves over and it’s sort of a pinkish red with some yellow variation to it.

When you think sometimes that succulents are bye-bye, they’re actually just fine and it grows on. It can get a lot of leaves, dead leaves on the bottom. Make sure your knife is clean and made a clean cut on an angle. There can be a few little roots growing out so it is time to plant these.

How to propagate by leaf cutting

Like most succulents, you can also propagate this plant by leaf cutting. You just take a leaf off and you let it heal over and you might see roots start to appear. After a month, you can certainly plant it and it will grow from there. It takes a lot longer to grow this way. You can plant it and and after you plant it, the roots will come.

How to care for Hens and chicks

Hens and chicks actually make a great house plant. In particular, the Echeveria genus can take the dry air. They grow a little slower indoors but that’s not an issue. They look nice in something like a bonsai dish because they do not get very tall and you give them as much light as you can. Nice and bright and then you would water them every three weeks at the most. You do not want to overwater because they store water in the leaves and in the stems here and just make sure that the soil or the mix drinks really well.

The best thing to do would be to take the plants to the sink, wash through let all the water drain out the bottom and then when it’s to drain, just take them back and put them in nice spot.

Tara Joy
A plant lover who loves nature and likes to share gardening tips.
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