Gardening: Growing Chicks and Hens

Gardening: Growing Chicks and HensOne of the easiest plants that you can grow in an outside or inside garden is a succulent (they’re from the cactus family). One variety of succulents that I like to grow are often called Chicks and Hens, Cats and Kittens, Rooster and Hens, etc. Depending on where you live in the country, people call them by different names.

Chicks and Hens can be grown indoors or outdoors and I grow them both ways. I have some that are planted directly in-the-ground in my various flower beds, some that are planted in containers and so forth. The ones that I grow in containers go outside during the warmer months and I bring them inside during the winter. The ones that are planted directly in the ground, do indeed come back year-after-year.

Gardening: Growing Chicks and Hens

The succulents are very hardy and you don’t need to give them a lot of attention. When the soil is dry…that’s when you water them. How often you do it will depend on the time of the year and if you have them planted indoors or out. I always judge it by dry soil…if it’s dry, I generously water them.

For the ones that I have planted outside…I have them in areas that get a decent amount of sun with some shade. When I bring them indoors, I keep them near windows, so that they can receive the sunlight. I think it’s best to find an area that gets at least 50% of the sunshine every day.

These plants come in a wide variety of sizes, colors, textures and styles. Once you get a few of them, they will easily make babies and grow. I like to separate mine out once a year and move them around to keep them healthy.  For those of you who want to learn how to plant and grow Chicks & Hens, I found a great site for you to check out, along with an online video, so that you can learn more. You’ll find it HERE.

I’m including a few photos in my gardening feature today, so that you can see some of the Chicks & Hens and Cats & Kittens that I’m currently growing. They’re one of my favorite plants to grow. Anyone can grow them!

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  1. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I have never tried to grow Chick’s and Hens and would love to try it. I love that it is easy to grow these succulents. I do grow jade tree plants,

  2. Wow, you have me sold! I love gardening and was wondering what other plants that I could include…l want to try these for sure. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. Susan Hartman says:

    I am totallu obscessed with hens and chicks. Over the last 4-5 years I have gathered some 20 varieties of them. I have about 10 varieties in a extra large bowl that I leave outside. A couple of them are about to bloom. Gorgeous!

  4. ellen beck says:

    There is a house here in town and the whole front yard is full of these. Iknow she sells them off now and again and she doesnt bring them in so they must be very very hardy! Around here they are called chicks & hens although I do like your name of cats and kittens. I dont have any yet although admire them. We have been doing native wildflowers, but these are on my list of a new thing to add.

  5. DEBIJOT says:

    We recently planted some of these in our flower garden. I am from NC and have always called these Hen and Biddies.

  6. Sarah L says:

    Your succulents look very healthy so you must be doing them right. We had hen & chicks at the house I grew up in.

  7. Cathy Jarolin says:

    I don’t beleive We have any Chick’s and Hens growing in our our flower gardens. We have other type of succulent plants but at the moment I can’t recall the name..But the ones I have are easy to grow to and they too multiply like crazy. I need to get more into working in my Flower Beds. Thank You for sharing your Chic’s and Hens they are very Pretty!