How to make a Hen-and-Chicks Pot Garden
Place your pot in the proper location. Hen and chicks is a succulent, not a cactus; full sun can burn them in zones 5-9. While they need several hours of sunlight for healthy growth, consider placing them in a semi-shaded location during the hottest part of the day.
Do not water unless the leaves become wilted. Nature will likely provide the required moisture.
Hen and chicks can be planted in the ground in USDA gardening zones 3 – 9. They grow best in dry, rocky or alpine soils. Place under an eave, on a hill in gravelly spots or on a stone wall for good drainage.
Bring your pot garden indoors for winter in frost zones. Place by your sunniest window in a cool location and do not water for a month or two to allow the plants to rest. Water only when the leaves begin to wilt or shrivel.
“Chicks” can fill the pot to overflowing, divide as needed and start new potted gardens for gifts or club projects.
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