Sunday, September 13, 2009
hens and chicks
I thought I'd post a picture of my favourite little plant this year, Hens and Chicks. We planted one last year, but it didn't perform well at all and didn't come back.
I'll be the first one to say that I don't know anything at all about gardening! I have a black thumb, usually. What I like about this plant is that it is a perrenial and it can be propagated so easily.
The one we bought this year was bigger, about 5 inches across. It also had a ring of baby hens along the outside, and two weeks after we planted it we removed all the babies and planted them in the soil along the top of the cinder blocks in our rock garden. They've all grown to an impressive size already, but I suspect they won't grow babies until next year.
Another thing I discovered while reading up on them is that they grow in the most precarious conditions - they'll grow on top of a rock!
So far, from one $5.00 plant, we've gotten 17 so far. That really appeals to the frugal side of me :)