The phenomenon of Hens and chicks occurs in nature with several different types of plants where a larger plant structure (aka the Hen) is surrounded by a number of smaller ones (aka the chicks). This phenomenon may be most famous in the hens and chicks poppy pod, but it can also be found in grapes that have flowered during cool weather. But if you are a succulent collector, the term is most appropriate to the sempervivum genus. Sempervivum is a genus of approximately 40 different species of flowering rosette-forming succulents. Many species of these extremely popular ornamental plants tend to grow in such a pattern where a larger rosette gives way to many smaller ones. This is not only visually appealing, but it makes reproducing the plant by dividing the offsets a simple task. The name sempervivum is a testament to its durability. Like the U.S. Marine slogan “Semper Fidelis” or “always faithful”, the sempervivum name equates to “always alive.” From that, one can gather that the members of this genus make good plant for beginning growers or those living in harsh conditions. Unlike a lot of other succulents, these guys can withstand frost as well as drought. They make great additions to rock gardens or as a border along rock walls. This product is a seed mixture of various species and varieties of sempervivum. Allow yourself the pleasure of bringing this succulent grab bag into your garden, and it will be sure to please.
Growing Information: Seeds should be sown in a fine, sandy soil at 65-75 degrees. A commercial cactus potting mix with the larger debris strained out is ideal. Flatten out the soil and put a thin layer of loose soil above it. Sow the seeds on the surface. Mist the soil to keep it moist and cover with clear plastic or in an area of high humidity. The soil should not be allowed to dry out while the plants are still seedlings. Use a mister if the soil does get dry. Place the seedlings in bright light with good airflow. Placing the seedlings just a few inches from a fluorescent bulb is ideal, although natural light works too. Be sure to air out the seedlings once a day for best results. Germination can take up to six weeks.
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