Hens and chicks are smaller succulent plants (less than a foot across), and they are easy potted plants to care for in small apartment gardens. The leaves grow in rosettes and have different colors and flowers.
Some popular Echeveria species that do well in plant containers are E. glauca and E. laui (called blue Echeveria), E. setosa (firecracker plant), E. derenbergii (painted lady) and E. agavoides.
Hens and Chicks plant care tip #1: Keep your hens and chicks plant in full sun so it grows best.
Hens and Chicks plant care tip #2: When watering the hens and chicks plant, never let water sit on its leaves because this can rot them and kill the container plant. While the hens and chicks plant is drought-resistant, it still does best with regular waterings and planted in well-draining potting soil.
Hens and Chicks plant care tip #3: Remove dead leaves from your hens and chicks plant to avoid garden pests. Dead leaves can attract insect pests or promote fungal growth, which can eventually kill this succulent plant.
Hens and Chicks plant care tip #4: Overwinter your hens in chicks plant indoors. Echeveria succulents grow best in temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Hens and Chicks plant care tip #5: Fertilize your Echeveria succulents each month. Don’t fertilize too much. Use a 20-20-20 fertilizer at a quarter strength with your mature hens and chicks plant.
Hens and Chicks plant care tip #6: Propagate your hens and chicks by taking leaf cuttings. Some Echeveria species are easily grown from seeds, offsets or stem cuttings. Echeveria laui, for example, is best grown from seed or with leaf cuttings because it doesn’t offset often.
Hens and Chicks plant care tip #7: Repot your hens and chicks plant every few years so it stays healthy and beautiful in your apartment garden.