Sempervivum Seed - Hens And Chicks Ground Cover Seeds

Sempervivum Seeds - Hybridum

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Groundcover Specifications

Season: Perennial

USDA Zones: 3 - 10

Height: 2 - 4 inches

Bloom Season: Summer

Bloom Color: Mix

Growth Rate: Slow

Environment: Full sun to partial shade

Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 5.5 - 7.0

Deer Resistant: Yes

Latin Name: Sempervivum Hybridum

Planting Directions

Temperature: 70 - 75F

Average Germ Time: 7 - 21 days

Light Required: Yes

Depth: Cover seed lightly with peat moss

Sowing Rate: Approximately 1000 seeds covers 20 square feet

Moisture: Keep seeds slightly moist but not wet until germination

Plant Spacing: 24 inches

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Care & Maintenance: Sempervivum

Sempervivum (Sempervivum Hybridum) - Commonly called Hens and Chicks these unique ground cover plants are mat-forming succulents that produce clusters of rosettes. These Sempervivum seeds produce foliages of varying shades of green, gray, and even reddish shades. This low-growing ground cover has parent rosettes that are called the "hens" and the smaller rosettes that grow from the parents are called the "chicks." Sempervivum ground cover plants are grown for the succulent foliage, but it does produce 12 inch flower stalks in the summer with blooms of pink and lavender.

Grow Sempervivum succulent plants in full sun to partial shade and in well-drained soil. In the South, Sempervivum Hens and Chicks can profit from partial shade. The rosettes die after flowering but are replaced by new rosettes on lateral runners. Sempervivum is an old-time favorite used in concrete planters on either side of the front entry or as a great ground cover plant. Great in window boxes or niches. It needs little water or attention to thrive.

Mat-forming succulents

Will enhance any garden with eye-catching colors, shapes, and textures. These outdoor succulents are known for their charming appearance and extreme durability. They resemble an unfurled rose with accenets of colors and can form dense mats that accent gardens and arrangements.

outdoor succulents

Sempervivum | hens and chicks

How to grow Sempervivum

Sow indoors in peat pots. Use a well-draining starter mix and press the seeds into the mix. Cover the seed very lightly with peat moss as the seeds need light to germinate. Keep seeds moist but not wet. If germination does not occur within 3 weeks, seal peat pots inside a zip-lock bag with plenty of air and refrigerate for 1 - 2 weeks Following the cold treatment, place the pots back in 70 - 75F temperatures. A cold treatment is not usually needed, but sometimes is needed to break germination

  • Sowing Rate: Approximately 1000 seeds covers 20 square feet
  • Average Germ Time: 7 - 21 days
  • Moisture: Keep seeds slightly moist but not wet until germination
  • Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 5.5 - 7.0
  • May require cold treatment
sempervivum hens and chicks in a pot

Plant Specifications

Sempervivum is an easy to grow evergreen perennial perfect for xeriscaping, in a mixed perennial border, or grown with other Mediterranean herbs. They are hardy to USDA Zone 6 and bloom all summer long with fragrant musky foliage. Hens and Chicks have been cultivated as far back as ancient Roman times. Romans grew them in vases in front of their houses.

  • Height: 2 - 4 inches
  • USDA Zones: 3 - 10
  • Season: Perennial
  • Deer Resistant: Yes