how to plant hen and chicks in a pot

how to plant hen and chicks in a pot

How To Plant Hen & Chicks In A Pot

Planting hen & chicks in a pot is a great way to bring a bit of color and life to your patio or balcony. Hen & chicks are low-maintenance, hardy succulents that are easy to propagate and will last for many years.

What You Will Need

  • Hen & Chicks Plants
  • Pot
  • Potting Soil
  • Sharp Spade and Trowel
  • Granular Fertilizer (Optional)

Steps for Planting Hen & Chicks

  1. Select a pot that is twice as deep as the plant’s root ball. Fill the pot about halfway with potting soil.
  2. Remove the hen & chicks plant from the packaging, making sure to not disturb the root system. Place the plant in the center of the pot.
  3. Fill the pot with the remaining potting soil, lightly tamping it down as you go. Make sure that the crown of the plant is even with the top of the pot.
  4. Water the soil gently and thoroughly, and add a layer of mulch around the base of the plant.
  5. Granular fertilizer can be added according to directions for best results. Otherwise, add fertilizer once every 4-6 weeks during summer or early spring.

Caring for Hen & Chicks

Hen & chicks need plenty of light for optimum health and growth. If possible, move the pot into a spot that receives at least 6 hours of direct sun a day. Water every 7-10 days during the warm months to keep the soil slightly moist. During winter, protect the pot from heavy frost by bringing it into a warmer, sheltered spot.

With the proper care, your hen & chicks pot can last for many years. Enjoy the beauty and cheer of your hardy succulents!