When you see the phrase “hens and chicks,” do you think of plump birds pecking around the barnyard? You might be right, but in the miniature gardening world, those words have an entirely different meaning. “Hens and chicks” is the common name for a group of succulent plants. The plants in the group have varying colours, textures, and forms, but they share two things. Almost all have a rosette shape. And hens and chicks plants also propagate regularly, producing numerous “babies” from the “mother” plant.
After a year or more, you may notice that the mother plant flowers dramatically. After flowering, the mother rosette dies, leaving room for the new chicks to spread out and produce more chicks. The mother can be gently removed to prevent overcrowding. Flowering can sometimes be a sign of poor conditions. Drainage and light should both be checked after a plant flowers.