Sempervivum Ruby Heart Hens and Chicks
(This plant comes in a 2.5 inch pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).
Sempervivum Ruby Heart goes by the common name “Hens and Chicks”. With its globule shape, the succulent has rosettes of sharply pointed and fleshy leaves. This mat-forming perennial from the Crassulaceae family has its origin in Peru. Sempervivum Ruby Heart offers a dormancy of winters and can grow from 3 to 4 feet in height.
This succulent is slow-growing. It needs nurturing for years before it finally blooms.
Sempervivum Ruby Heart is known for its pink-colored flowers that bloom between the season of summer and late spring. It does most of its growth in the summer season.
Watering and Feeding
Water the plant once a week and avoid watering while the soil is damp. Feed it at the beginning of the growing season with a controlled release fertilizer type.
Sandy and gritty soil with a classic rock garden texture are ideal. While clay soil is tolerable for them, the flowers would not bloom in a sandy soil mixture.
Hens and Chicks plants grow best in winters, keeping in mind their frost tolerance of -10° C (14° F). They belong to the hardiness zone of 10 to 12.
Sempervivum Ruby Heart needs to be kept in partial shade and prefers more hours of sun exposure because it is a fairly large plant.
This evergreen plant can be propagated easily by carefully pulling out a few rosettes and planting them in well-drained soil.
As the name suggests, Sempervivum ‘Ruby Heart’ is a plant whose ruby-colored leaves are extremely pleasing to the eye. This garden succulent is one of the easiest and familiar plants to grow, adding even more to its appeal and thriving look. Its blooming phase is a sight to see.
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz
|Blooming Season||Summer-late spring|
|Common Name||Hens and chicks|
|Hardiness Zone||10 to 12|
|Scientific Name||Semprevivum ruby heart hens and chicks|
|Sun Exposure||Partial shade|