An Old Pot Full of Flowering Succulent

The succulent Hen and Chickens in a pot

The succulent Hen and Chicken in a pot

Unique flower spike of Hen and Chicken

Unique flower spike of Hen and Chicken

Walking the dogs yesterday, I ran across an old pot of Hen and Chicken (also called Hens and Chicks or Graptopetalum) in bloom at a neighbors house. It is the first time I have ever seen it in bloom, which is cool. And I also  wanted to show a full container of Hen and Chicken that has been growing for many years. In February I rooted some stems of Hen and Chicken and planted them in a small strawberry jar. I do hope mine will fill in and bloom. As I said, once these are established, they are really carefree. Just make sure you put them in a soil that is mixed with fine gravel, or chicken scratch, to keep the soil very porous. Remember, do not over water, and let them enjoy sun.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

2 thoughts on “An Old Pot Full of Flowering Succulent

    • I agree, and will change the scientific name. But here both are called Hen and Chicks. Thanks for getting me straight. I will certainly make mistakes, but I hope not too many-john

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