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Hens and Chicks

Sempervivum hybridum


We were surprised at how easily this succulent alpine perennial germinated and grew quickly intorecognizable babyrosettes. Commonly known as houseleeks, they were once grown on roofs and in historical folklore it was believed they brought wealth and prosperity, protection from fire; especially from the Norse Thunder god, Thor who was said to throw thunderbolts down upon dwellings. In today's gardens they can be tucked right into rocky and dry areas, requiring very little soil, or grown in pots.  200 seeds




Perennial, zone 3-8

Germination: 7-21 days

Seed Planting Depth: On surface,needs light to germinate

Starting Indoors/Outdoors: Start indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost. Cold treat Sow on surface, use medium of ½ sand and ½ seed starting mix. Place in plastic bag and refrigerate for 2 weeks. Provide 70-75 degree soil temperatures for optimum germination.S

Height and Width:  10-12" x 10-12"


Light Needs: 

Soil Needs:  Average to fertile, well drained

Approximate days to flower from seed:  

Uses:  Rock gardens



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    Marie M.
    United States

    Hens and chicks seeds

    Nothing grew. I followed instructions precisely.

    Dianne J.
    United States

    Hen and Chicks did not even see one sprout

    i have not see one sprout from the Hen and Chicks that I planted very disappointed

    Pinetree Garden Seeds

    Hi Dianne - If you still have your seeds in pot, and it's been 3 weeks - you can place them in a ziploc bag and put them in a refrigerator for 2 weeks. This will get them into thinking they have wintered over. Then take them out and keep about 70-75' temperature. We do guarantee the germination of our seeds. If you'd like a replacement packet, or a credit or refund, please let us know.

    Michael R.
    United States

    Happy Hens and Chicks

    Growing Hens and Chicks from seed is often described as difficult. I placed my Pine tree seeds on top of moist sandy growing media, put in the frig for a few weeks first. Then, put them on a heating mat under fluorescent lights and in 3 or 4 days, they germinated. They are almost microscopic when they come up and are growing very slowly. Excellent germination rate. We'll see what the adults look like.

    Claudia H.
    United States

    Happy Customer

    I have been buying seeds from your company for several years now, and have been very happy with the quality and germination results. Thanks again for your great products.