Sempervivum forum: Hens and Chicks plant

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Coda
May 2, 2018 6:10 AM CST
Hello! I am totally new to having plants, but I was gifted this Hens and Chicks plant and it actually seems to be doing well. The problem is I don't know what to do next. It seems like the off shoot should be somehow rooting or something? How do I propogate it to grow another one? I'd appreciate any help, this is the longest I've been able to keep a plant alive and I'm super excited!
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Christine
May 2, 2018 6:21 AM CST
I've never seen a off shoot like that, I'm not sure if your Hen & Chicks will survive indoors unless is gets a lot of sun, they are a perennial plant also considered a succulent. Other members will have more info for you Green Grin!

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Philipwonel
May 2, 2018 2:37 PM CST
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Easy ! Bend tip to touch soil in same pot. Water mother as usual.
Every few weeks, lift pup gently. When pup has some roots, cut stem from mother plant, and plant pup in own pot.
Be sure to ! Only !!! Water pup, when you water mother plant. 👍👍
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DaisyI
May 2, 2018 2:58 PM CST
Your plant is a Sempervivum. The little pup growing should be closer to its mother's 'skirt' - you should find it a sunnier location. Sempervivum are outdoor plants and in fact, need a cold spell to survive.

Your plant will continue to grow pups for the rest of the summer. In a few years, surrounded by her children, the mother plant will bloom and die leaving behind her pups. And then the cycle will begin again.
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plantmanager
May 2, 2018 3:01 PM CST
I've suggested that this be moved to the Sempervivum Forum. There is more specialized help there. Some semps do have the long stolens with babies at the end. Others have them closer to mom.
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tcstoehr
May 3, 2018 11:14 AM CST
Agree that this plant needs more light. It is etiolated in both the mother plant and the chick. These are generally not window sill plants. Indoors generally leads to a slow death. Outdoors or a greenhouse or a conservatory is where they need to be.
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Coda
May 3, 2018 12:55 PM CST
Thanks for all the replies! I live in a 3rd floor apartment with no yard option, so outside isn't an option. That being said, any tips for helping it get the light it needs? My windows are very large, so lots of light does come in.
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Philipwonel
May 3, 2018 2:36 PM CST
It seams happy where it is.
In winter, it MAY ! need supplemental light, or sunnier window ?🤔???
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AntMan01
May 3, 2018 4:00 PM CST
Sempervivum are mountain plants that must live through a cold winter with freezing temperatures, it's not just an issue of light. Tim is correct: "These are generally not window sill plants. Indoors generally leads to a slow death".
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gg5
May 3, 2018 8:16 PM CST
Hi Coda Welcome! to NGA! You are doing the right thing of keeping it in your brightest window, if that window opens, you may want to do that, they like some airflow.
A different plant which would do better inside are Echeveria and they look very similar to your sempervivum, they are available at many garden stores, and would do great in your window! Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.

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