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Hens and Chicks

Sempervivum hybridum


We were surprised at how easily this succulent alpine perennial germinated and grew quickly into recognizable baby rosettes . 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.  




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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