Sempervivum, generally identified as hens-and-chicks, is a familiar, traditional succulent plant grown in gardens for years and years. Hens-and-chicks consists of a rosette of leaves — the hen — surrounded by off-shoots of rosettes that are miniature — the chicks. The chicks that are miniature develop into full- crops. Hens-and-chicks is ideal for developing in Sunset’s Environment Zones 2 through 2-4.
Fill a container having a potting combination that drains. Purchase a commercial planting medium for succulents and cactus or make your own combination by combining 80 to 90-percent sand or pumice with general-purpose or 10 to 20-percent compost potting soil.
Mix in 1/2 teaspoon of dry general purpose fertilizer for every one to two glasses of of potting. As too much fertilizer might burn the roots of the crops.
Water the planting medium. Set before the combination is somewhat moist, the container apart to drain.
Pull chick, or an off-shoot, cautiously in the bottom of the parent plant.
Press the off-shoot gently to the planting medium.
Place the container in a area where the plant is exposed to bright light.
Water hens-and-chicks when the soil feels dry. Add water till it drips in the hole, and allow the mixture to drain completely. Do not permit the planting medium become soggy, and never permit the pot. Succulents are drought-tolerant since they shop moisture in the fleshy leaves, but are susceptible to rot in excessive dampness or soil that is badly drained.