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Meet Helen: My New Hens and Chicks

I picked up a new Hens and Chicks succulent last week and I’m so in love with her; I named her Helen. I always name my plants because it makes me more thoughtful about their care and need for attention. It’s one thing to say, “I need to water the plants” but it’s another to say, “I need to take care of Helen.” I don’t have a green thumb by nature so naming them helps me stay attentive and keep them alive. Hens and Chicks are gorgeous succulents and one of my favorites to have around so I’m sure to give them proper care.

I don’t have much of an outdoor space at the moment so Helen is living in a pot but Hens and Chicks make amazing ground cover if you’re looking to fill in an outdoor space. 

Growing Hens and Chicks

Hens and chicks like Helen are members of the Sempervivum group of succulents. If you’re not able to grow them outdoors as ground covering they also grow well indoors as long as you can provide them rocky or dry conditions and a lot of sunlight.

Why are they called Hens and Chicks?

These succulents are named Hens and Chicks because of their rosette shape and the habit of the main plant (Hens) to produce a lot of little off-shoot babies (Chicks). 

Caring for Hens and Chicks

How to grow Hens and Chicks

If you’re looking for an easy succulent to grow, Hens and Chicks is perfect for you. You can find them in most plant nurseries (I found Helen at a local farmer’s market) or you can order them from Amazon. I’ve ordered plants from Amazon before and never had a problem although you are buying them without being able to see them first so there’s always a small risk with that.

Hens and Chicks don’t require much fertilizer unless it’s grown in a pot like mine. If you’re growing your Hens and Chicks in a pot then it needs a little fertilizer. You can use a liquid fertilizer like this one from Fox Farm and dilute it with a little water. Otherwise, they don’t need much. Hens and Chicks don’t need much water but they do need full sun. If you’re growing them indoors make sure you’re able to give it a solid 8 hours or more of sunlight per day to keep it happy and healthy. 

They also need very little soil and do best in rocky or gritty soil with great drainage. If you’re keeping it in a pot like I do then line the bottom of the pot with gravel or other small rocks. They do well with other succulents so feel free to get a large pot and combine a nice mix of all your favorites. Hens and Chicks play very nice with other plants. 

Growing Hens and Chicks Succulents

I’m hoping to move Helen to a bigger home soon so I can add other succulents around her and give her space to grow. I’m thinking about maybe doing a low wide basin I can keep on my living room table as a natural rocky centerpiece. I think that would look really nice and my home needs more green this spring.

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  1. I have always loved the look of these hens and chicks succulents, but have never actually tried to grow them myself. Thank you for sharing all the great advice!

  2. I’ve always loved succulents. And its nice that they aren’t too much maintenance since I have a hard time keeping plants alive. These are perfect and cute!

  3. Oh wow, I didn’t know they were called hens and chicks but this is awesome! I’m very into succulents and learning to treat them with care 🙂

  4. I didn’t expect to see the plant! I haven’t tried to grow many plants but I would definitely be interested in this one. It looks interesting.

  5. I love succulents, they are so pretty and seem really easy to take care of too. I would love these around my home.

  6. I absolutely adore succulents! I have have and failed to have some in my apartment. Thanks for sharing your tips and advice, I can refer back to your post if I try and grow some again 🙂

  7. I was never that good with plants but I think I can manage taking care of succulents. These are so beautiful, I love the name, it’s funny but also accurate!

  8. I’ve tried a couple times to grow plants, however the only thing that didn’t die was the Jade plant. At first I thought these Hens and Chicks would be nice but we only have warm weather May through Sept. I did pin it though to remind myself to check into it further.

  9. How cute is it that you name your plants?! You raise a very good point- naming them makes them seem more important so you’re more likely to care for them. I’m going to start doing this too!

  10. Gosh ! Helen is a beauty indeed. I have a cousin of Helen living in my balcony and even I want to move it to a bigger home. I am also considering a terrarium (I hope I have spelt that right) !

  11. Ha! I know a lot of people are definitely getting into succulents! I had no idea about the hens and chicks! That’s fantastic and good to know!

  12. Wow, that is something new. I haven’t tried this on my own but my mom loves to keep and grow succulent in her unit. I always thought this is somewhat a therapy for her.

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