Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Gay Jester') in the Sempervivum Database

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Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
Hybrid: Yes
Hybridizer: David T. Ford
Country of Origin: (UK) United Kingdom
Year of registration: 1976
History of species or Cultivar: (inc. 'Gay Sester')
Size: Other: 4" or more
Soil type: Dry
Well draining
Loamy / Medium
Sandy / light
Other: The soil type will depend on what your weather conditions are like. Just make sure it drains well.
Foliage: Winter Color
Other: Rich glossy red leaves, chicks olive green with red tips
Water: Very low
Average
Does not like wet feet
Uses: Accent
Containers
Pests and Diseases: Pest resistant
Availability: Easy to find
Toxicity: Low risk
None
Possible skin irritant to some people

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Other: It may be several years before it blooms
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Alpine Gardening
Uses: Provides winter interest
Groundcover
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Stratify seeds: Stratifing seeds may improve germination, but is not required
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monocarpic

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The Ever-Changing SempervivumThe Ever-Changing Sempervivum
March 8, 2011

Have you ever followed a single cultivar of Sempervivum (hen & chicks) through a year of its life? If you haven’t you are in for a wonderful surprise.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Sempervivum 'Gay Jester' by valleylynn Feb 19, 2013 1:23 AM 2
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Sempervivum & Jovibarba chat & photos 2014 by springcolor Jan 2, 2015 2:46 PM 3,044
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Sempervivum & Jovibarba chat & photos 2013 by PiaLouiseSourvi Jan 17, 2014 10:44 AM 3,933
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2012 Photos and Chat by goldfinch4 Jan 14, 2013 12:14 PM 1,189
2011 Free box of Semps and/or Jovis--THIS OFFER IS OVER by twitcher Aug 13, 2011 8:19 PM 351
Making a hanging basket - have a question by woodthrush Jul 5, 2011 9:36 PM 41
Nursery: Youngs Garden Center by valleylynn Jan 23, 2012 6:18 PM 49
Nursery: Squaw Mountain by valleylynn May 24, 2011 6:44 PM 83

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