How to Care for a Chick & Hens Plant


Hens and chicks (Sempervivum tectorum), also known as the common houseleek, are succulent plants that form a dense mat. This is a low-growing perennial with a one-foot flowering stalk. Extremely drought-tolerant, the hens and chick plant does well in rock gardens and other areas where there is very little soil. They are also grown as groundcover and are known to spread quickly. The mother plant will produce offshoots, or "chicks," and will die after flowering. Hens and chicks are hardy to USDA zones 3 to 11.

Step 1

Grow your hens and chicks plants in full sun. The hens and chicks plant does not tolerate shade.

Step 2

Provide a well-drained soil for the hens and chicks plant. It will tolerate a wide range of soil textures (although it prefers sand) and pH levels, but the soil must drain well and quickly.

Step 3

Split off the "chick," from the mother plant, which will die after blooming. The chick can be planted right in the same soil and will root quickly.

Step 4

Fertilizing the hens and chicks is not necessary.


  • Plants for a Future: Sempervivum tectorum
  • Washington State University: Common Houseleek
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