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Hens & Chicks 200 Seeds - Semperviven - Perennial

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  • Sempervivum are succulent, rosette forming plants belonging to the Crassulaceae family
  • They are commonly known as Hens & Chicks, Houseleeks or Hen and Chickens
  • It is the endless range of different leaf shapes, colours and textures that make this group so interesting to enthusiasts.
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Sempervivum are succulent, rosette forming plants belonging to the Crassulaceae family. They are commonly known as Hens & Chicks, Houseleeks or Hen and Chickens. The main attraction of these plants is their colourful rosettes of leaves. These range from bright yellow, through various shades of green, grey, pink, purple, red, orange and brown, to almost black in some varieties. The leaves may be dull or glossy, or covered with soft down or longer hairs. Small silvery hairs are commonly found along the leaf margins and in many varieties the leaf tips bear a tuft of longer hairs that can form a "spiderweb" over the surface of the rosettes. Leaf shape can also vary from short, succulent, almost round leaves to long, tapering, finely pointed ones.

The rosettes are most striking in the spring and summer but even in the winter when growth stops, many varieties remain attractively coloured. It is the endless range of different leaf shapes, colours and textures that make this group so interesting to enthusiasts.


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By Katrina Benzrihem on September 30, 2013
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I think the reason why a lot of people have been having issues with these plants is that the directions aren't thorough enough. After reading some of the negative reviews I decided to do research and an experiment. I noticed on every site that I looked at said the germination period could span up to five weeks. However, the biggest bit of information was what temperature they need to be at. Hens and Chicks must be above 70 F to germinate. In fact, they do best at 75-80 F. If you're having trouble, try getting a heat lamp or a seed germination set up like Hydrofarm CK64050 Germination Station with Heat Mat

Another thing that I noticed is that alot of reviewers were having trouble getting the seeds out. I recommend getting a stick (pen cap or pencil tip works well) getting it slightly wet (moist) and then the seeds will stick to it! This way you dont have to deal with the tiny seeds with your hands.

I tested 2 ways of germination, jiffy pellets and paper towels. My apartment is already at 77 F so I didn't get a heat lamp. I put the paper towels in a small tupperware and laid down about 20 seeds. I put another sheet on top to make sure all the seeds stayed on the towel itself. I wet the paper towel till it just dripped water. I also put three (or so) seeds in expanded jiffy pelletsFerry Morse Seed Co 5775 Jiffy Peat Pellets and placed them into a tupperware. I closed both the containers and placed them on my window sill. In 2 days I had seeds sprouted in both but the paper was easier to see and about 90% of those were sprouted by the third day.
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I am honestly impressed how fast I saw green buds coming out!

I placed my tiny seeds first on just a wet paper towel, so I monitor what is happening with the seeds. I made sure that the towel stayed moist at all times (since it was over the weekend, it was very easy to keep up) by spraying it gently with a basic spray bottle(about 2-3 times a day).

Yesterday I spotted some green sprouts already, but today there were many more - I would estimate the total about 95%. I transported carefully paper towel on pre-soaked final destination and sprinkled with pit moss to have some ground for new growth to grab on before paper towel discompose.

As I said again, I am really impressed with germination of these seeds and looking forward to see my sprouts grow into healthy plants.
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By Nicole on February 29, 2012
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I had so many seeds germinate from this pack. I ordered semp mixed seeds from 5 different places and these were the best producers for the money. Im still not sure of the quanity of different plants from this pack. This tray makes the other 4 look like a joke. It was a lil more expensive than the other 4 packs but with its high success rate I'd do it again. Cant wait to see how much variety I get ...thats the fun in mixed seeds.

After posting this I read other reviews on the product. I did put mine in the frige for 2 weeks+ before putting them in the soilless potting mix and once they sprouted I sprinkled chicken grit to help support the sprouts and provide better drainage. I also use a mister to water them since they are so very small too much water flow i would assume would greatly lessen your success.
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First of all these seeds came from China, which I knew from reading the reviews beforehand. After waiting several weeks with no tracking they finally arrived. I stratified the packet in the fridge and then planted in a warm humid environment. Within 1 day every single seed germinated and sprouted. These ARE NOT sempervivums, or any succulent for that matter, but some kind of grass or weed. See attached picture.
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I guess the instruction was a bit off may be that's the reason why the germination percentage is low. The soil should be moistened enough through out the entire process of germination even for plants like succulent. Placing a plastic cover over the seedling tray or putting it in a Ziploc bag is a good way to keep the moisturized condition.
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I bought these seeds just to see if i could grow them and was so shocked when they popped up days after i planted them. I recomend these seeds to any one wanting to buy!
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After reading some of the negative reviews of these seeds, I didn't expect much, especially since I'd never tried germinating seeds instead of direct sowing. I was shocked when the sprouts started to appear within 24 hours at what was close to 100% germination rate. Not all survived, as expected, but those that did are thriving. My recommendation - don't plant all at once and use heating mat and humidity dome (I used the Hydrofarm CK64050 Germination Station with Heat Mat) to keep moist, when first seedlings appear allow air circulation and provide bright, but not direct, sunlight. It's so much more rewarding (and significantly cheaper) than buying the mature plants.

Update 10.1.14: The seeds I received are not Sempervivum. It's been over 9 months and although the plants' leaves are slightly succulent, there are certainly no hens & chicks here. SixCity was the seller so I recommend ordering from somewhere else.
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