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Scientific Name

Sempervivum 'Sanford's Hybrid'

Common Names

Hen and Chicks, Houseleek, Live Forever

Synonyms

Sempervivum 'Sanford Hybrid'

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Sempervivum

Description

Sempervivum 'Sanford's Hybrid' is a perennial succulent with large rosettes of sharply pointed, bronze-purple leaves with hints of green and burgundy red. This color may vary from season to season. Short spikes of pastel flowers appear in summer.

Photo by Wayne Fagerlund

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 4a to 8a: from −30 °F (−34.4 °C) to 15 °F (−9.4 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Sempervivums are not difficult to grow, provided they are not waterlogged and killed from excess watering. They can be easily grown outdoors and in containers, and they earned the name "Houseleeks" from their tendency to root on the roofs of houses. After the mother plant flowers, it will naturally die, but by this time, the plant has likely produced many offsets that will continue to grow. These are excellent for cold windows. Sempervivum earned their popular name "Hen and Chicks" from their growth habit. The mother plant, or hen, sends off numerous offsets, which will cluster around her base like chicks. These offsets can be easily repotted, or the plants can be left to form a clumping mat.

Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot a succulent, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you repot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot. See more at How to Grow and Care for Sempervivum.

Parentage

Sempervivum 'Sanford's Hybrid' is a hybrid of unknown parentage.

Links

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Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks)

Rosette Forming, Diverse Seasonal Color, Full to Part Sun

Sempervivum (sem-per-VEE-vum) (Hens & Chicks, Semps, Houseleeks) are beautiful outdoor succulents prized for their charming appearance and extremely resilient nature. They resemble an unfurled rose with seasonal blushes of colors and can form dense mats that accent gardens and arrangements. Regardless of droughts, deep freezes, and poor soil, Sempervivum grow easily and will brighten any planting with eye-catching colors, forms, and textures.

APPEARANCE

  • Colors: Many Sempervivum can change colors significantly through the seasons - you might not recognize them from one month to the next. They put on a show of reds, blues, purples, bronzes, and more, sometimes with two-tone shading or sharply contrasting leaf tips. NOTE: If you want more consistent year-round color, consider Sempervivum heuffelii.
  • Form: Rosettes range from 0.25" to 10.0" in diameter. "Hens & Chicks" references the way a mother rosette sends out new offsets on stolons, which leads to dense colonies that can spread into a ground cover mat.
  • Foliage: Leaves can be glossy, velvety, webbed, or tufted. Some cultivars are also lined with fine cilia that make them appear furry.
  • Flowers:Sempervivum are monocarpic after multiple years (typically 2-5), a rosette hen will send up a bloom stalk and open delicate, star-shaped flowers of pink, red, or yellow. Blooms can reach over 2.0' high and last for 2-4 weeks. This process marks the end of a hen's life, but the chicks surrounding it will survive and grow into the vacated space. What to Know About Sempervivum Flowers
  • Light: In most climates, morning sun and afternoon shade is ideal for Sempervivum. They grow well in a wide range of light conditions, but at temperatures over 85F, extra shade will help them look their best. These tough plants can tolerate high temperatures or full sun, but preferably not both at the same time. Succulent Sunburn
  • Soil: Coming from alpine habitats, Sempervivum prefer a lean, gritty soil like cactus/succulent potting mix or sandy loam. No fertilizer is necessary, but applying a slow-release, low-Nitrogen (5-10-10) fertilizer in the spring will encourage faster growth.
  • Water:Sempervivum thrive with deep, infrequent watering when time is given for the soil to fully dry between soakings. Frequency will vary by location start with about 2-3 times a week to establish young plants, 1-2 times a month for mature plants in the growing season, 1-2 times a month in the winter, and no water if the temperature is below freezing. For container plantings, we recommend using pots with drainage holes. How to Water Succulents
  • Hardiness: Semps are ideal for succulent lovers in most regions, as they are frost hardy down to -20F (zone 5). They overwinter best protected under a blanket of snow, but using clear covers and bringing containers under shelter will help prevent rot in snow-free areas. Winter Succulent Care
  • Propagation:Sempervivum do not require any propagation maintenance, but a gardener looking to transplant and multiply their colonies can easily dig up rosettes or cut new offsets from stolons and plant them in partial sun with well-draining soil to re-establish.

NOTES FROM THE NURSERY

We love Sempervivum. After all, they're the succulents that got us started over two decades ago, and they continue to be our most popular plants to this day. These "hens and chicks" have been good to us over the years, so we're confident they'll be good for you too!

By picking a spot with sufficient light and good drainage, growing them becomes a rewarding, low-effort experience. Even if something does go wrong, they are forgiving growers and will often revive ( here's how ). That's how they got the Latin name Sempervivum, which means "always alive."

For more information, check out this excellent book by hybridizer Kevin Vaughn: Sempervivum: A Gardener's Perspective on the Not-So-Humble Hens-and-Chicks .


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Sanford's Hybrid Hens And Chicks

Sempervivum 'Sanford's Hybrid'

Sanford's Hybrid Hens And Chicks foliage

Sanford's Hybrid Hens And Chicks foliage

Sanford's Hybrid Hens And Chicks's attractive succulent pointy leaves emerge brick red in spring, turning dark green in color with prominent dark red tips. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous dark red in the fall. It features unusual clusters of pink star-shaped flowers with dark red bracts rising above the foliage in mid summer. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The brick red stems can be quite attractive.

Sanford's Hybrid Hens And Chicks is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration

Sanford's Hybrid Hens And Chicks is recommended for the following landscape applications

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Sanford's Hybrid Hens And Chicks will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Sanford's Hybrid Hens And Chicks is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.


Sempervivum ‘Sanford’s Hybrid’ – Succulent plants

Sempervivum ‘Sanford’s Hybrid’ is an ornamental, perennial succulent. It has large rosettes of sharply pointed, bronze-purple leaves with hints of green and burgundy red. This color may vary from season to season. The short spikes of pastel flowers appear in summer.

Scientific Classification:

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Sempervivum

Scientific Name: Sempervivum ‘Sanford’s Hybrid’
Synonyms: Sempervivum ‘Sanford Hybrid’
Common Names: Hen and Chicks, Houseleek, Live Forever

How to grow and maintain Sempervivum ‘Sanford’s Hybrid’:

Light:
It thrives best in full sun to light shade. In indoor an east or west-facing window where they receive four to six hours of sunlight is ideal.

Soil:
It grows well in a well-drained succulent mix, with an ideal pH around 6.0 (slightly acidic) or an equal part sharp sand with all-purpose potting mix.

Water:
Water regularly during the summer and spring. keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. You can allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between each watering. Reduce water in the winter.

Temperature:
It prefers an average summer temperature 65 degrees Fahrenheit – 70 degrees Fahrenheit / 18 degrees Celsius – 21 degrees Celsius. In winter, some varieties can withstand temperatures down to freezing.

Fertilizer:
Fertilize with a controlled-release fertilizer at the beginning of the season or weekly with a weak liquid solution. Use a balanced 20-20-20 fertilizer at 1/4 strength on mature plants, and a fertilizer with less nitrogen on young plants.

Repotting:
Re-pot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To re-pot, a succulent, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you re-pot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot.

Pests and Diseases:
It has no serious pest or disease problems. Mealybugs can be a problem, and if dead leaves are not expelled from the plant, it can attract other insect pests or have problems with fungus.

Propagation:

It can be easily propagated by offsets, leaves or small cuttings. Take leaves or small cuttings and allow them to dry and heal over for about a week. Next place them in the sand and wait for the tiny rosettes to start in a few weeks. Sempervivum earned their famous name “Hen and Chicks” from their growth habit. The mother plant, or hen, sends off numerous offsets, which will cluster around her base like chicks. These offsets can be easily re-potted, or the plants can be left to form a clumping mat.


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