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Hens And Chicks: The Succulent That Keeps On Giving

Find out how easy the beautiful Hens & Chicks are to propagate & to grow. They, like most succulents, just keep on giving!

Hens And Chicks Propagation

It’s true, most succulents keep on giving in terms of the cuttings you’ll get, but Hens and Chicks really hit the mark on this one.  Just look at the picture and you’ll see tons of babies, or larger rosettes for that matter, just waiting to be cut out of the patch.  They’re easy to care for, require little water and actually make good houseplants.

Something to know: there are a few succulents which carry this common name.  The Hens and Chicks that I’m referring to here and in the video below is Echeveria x imbricata, the 1 most commonly sold in California.  There are a few Sempervivums known as  Hens and Chicks which are sold across the country and much more cold hardy that this 1.  And, to add to this horticultural head scratcher, there’s also a Sedum called Hens and Chicks.  My goodness, this is a very common common name!

You’ll find out a lot about Hens & Chicks, including caring for them as houseplants, in this video:

It’s so easy to get cuttings of succulents to grow and Hens And Chicks are certainly no exception.  Watch this video to see how to take and plant succulent cuttings.  The cuttings you see in the video are very pale and elongated (this is called etiolation in the plant world) because I stuck them in my utility room for over 4 months where the winter light was quite subdued.  I planted them about a month ago and they’re already greening up.


I took this cutting well over a year ago from the same plant pictured above.  The color is slightly different because the mother plant is growing in full sun & this 1 grows in shade.

This particular Hens and Chicks makes a great houseplant.  Just be sure to not over water it, especially in those cooler months with less light.  Whether you have it indoors or outdoors, it’s easy to take cuttings of and to grow.  With this one, you’ll get great returns – an abundance of babies!

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  1. I did not know they were used as house plants!

  2. Carol -If you have lots of light & water them sparingly, they make great houseplants. So easy to maintain! Nell

  3. I have this oneside of the house, that I would love to have for just hen and chuck of differnt colors. What do I have to do to get the right mixer of soil to grow them the right way? I live in Cornville az. The soil is pretty good.What do I get to mix in with it?
    Thank you, Jeretta

  4. Hi Jeretta – The most important thing is that succulents need excellent drainage. I’m in coastal southern California but the U of A (they have a good horticulture dept) or a local landscape supply company can better help you out with amending the soil in your area. If succulent are in pots, I always use a succulent & cactus mix with worm castings added in. Here’s a recent vlog I did on how I prepped the soil for my own succulent garden: Hope that helps, Nell

  5. Why do my hens and chickens shrivel up? Sometimes I find them laying on their sides with barely any roots left. Other ones get Brown in the middle of their leaves. Any suggestions?

  6. Hi Cherie –

    If they’re withering & shriveling & turn brown, sounds like they’re too dry. Nell

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