Hen & Chicks are a favorite of many, although many do not know what they are called! There are loads of varieties of hens and chicks out there, and they all are pretty similar except some will give some different colors. The hen and chicks plant is also commonly called "houseleeks". The scientific name this plant goes by is Sempervivum tectorum. Keep in mind, that colors can change some throughout the year and based upon age, mostly with tones of green and red! These eye-catching succulents can grow inside or outside, but they do like quite a bit of sunshine, so if you are going to grow them inside, they prefer to be in a window or very close to a window. They get the hen and chicks' names mostly because of the rosette shape and habit of the plant that produces babies (more baby hens and chicks). They can handle dry, rocky areas with ease compared to many plants, they are great with being able to handle poor soil conditions! The mother plant is attached to the babies (chicks) by an underground runner. The chicks can be as small as a penny and the mother can grow to the size of around 4" inches in width on average each "mother plant" when fully grown. Hen & Chicks make a perfect container-grown plant and can handle cold weather like a champ, and come back next spring like nothing ever happened. If you are going to plant outside in pots, make sure you are at a minimum in zone 4 or above, but preferably in zone 5 since pots are above ground, however, in the ground, they can handle the cold all the way down to zone 3! They do not require much water and once established are pretty simple to take care of, they are fun to watch as they change and make babies!
To follow your state regulations, we can not ship this plant to CA, Arizona, AK, HI
Deliveries to WA, UT, ID, NV, MT, ND, and SD MUST be shipped Bareroot.
All of our trees ship Bareroot which means they will ship with no soil and no pot. This allows the plants to have a safer trip through the mail as well as to cut down on shipping costs majorly. The roots will be carefully removed from the pot they are growing in, and then wrapped in moist material with the roots sealed up to keep them moist during transit.
Name: Hen And Chicks
Other Names: Sempervivum tectorum, Alpine Plant
Grow Zone: 3 to 8
Growth Speed: moderate
Light Requirements: Sun To Partial Shade
Average Full Grown Height: 6-12" inches tall
Average Full Grown Width: 12-18" inches wide
Deciduous (loses Leaves) Or Evergreen (Holds Foilage All Year): Semi-Evergreen/Deciduous depending on your location, it may die back to the roots each year, or it may hold on to above-ground growth through the winter.
Average Lifespan: 3 to 7 years, unless thinned out when pot/growing area becomes to crowded.
Sizing can vary, and the average height of the plant will vary. Plants (such as succulents) like this one spreads wide, and are not known for growing tall in height. So, these are not judged on how tall they are when shipped, instead, they are judged mostly upon the size of the pot they are growing in, which gives you larger roots depending on the size of plant you choose that we have available. The bigger the pot means, the larger the plant will be right from the start.