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Monday, August 8, 2011

Bloom Where You Are Planted

A few weeks ago I noticed my ‘hen’ in my hen and chicks plant was looking a bit weird.  The rosette was starting to bulge.  I didn’t really think too much about it.

Then this weekend I was working at the back of the house and saw this!  That bulge had telescoped and was now sporting flowers at the top. 
I’ve never seen a hen and chicks bloom.  I googled it and found out when it is in ideal growing conditions (in this case meaning baking in a concrete planter on the west side of the house) it will bloom. 
After it finishes blooming that hen is finished completely.  But as you can see, she will be leaving behind a whole brood of chicks to replace her.


  1. Very cool! I've only had one bloom once and that was many many years ago. I guess my hens aren't in a happy place not :(

  2. I tried to grow hen and chicks a couple of years ago. They were in a flowerpot, which I thought would provide good drainage. They all died, looking rotten and waterlogged.

    I'd love to try again, though.


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