I'm doing more experimentation harvesting young chicks, now that hens are really pushing out the chicks. Detaching them while young and potting them up, will hopefully give me a headstart increasing the new mail-order plants, to plant out a larger colony. I'm learning a few things as I do this.
Two views of young chicks of 'Seminole', was surprised to see that many already had young roots searching for ground, tapping into the grit mulch.
LEFT: chicks on 'Gingerbread Boy'
RIGHT: happy to find 5 chicks on 'Positively Glowing.
Notice in these photos where the roots start, interesting that roots do come from the scale-like cauline leaves on the stolon. I've been trimming back excess stolon length, don't think the full length is needed.
I'm thinking the best way to plant the chick/stolons is more or less horizontally (actually, slighty sloped uphill, put a bit of soil over the stolons then add the grit mulch layer. I use straight twigs or popsicle sticks as dividers between cultivars
LEFT: chick pot-up in progress
RIGHT: chick flat #1 is done, clockwise from lower left: 11 Killer, 5 Positively Glowing (I misplaced one chick, but found it and added it in after taking the photo), 7 Thunder, 8 Seminole ,
LEFT: chick flat #2, clockwise from lower left: 7 Pacific Blue Ice, 10 Dreamcatcher, 6 Bitter Chocolate,
6 Gingerbread Boy, 2 Rocknoll Rosette
RIGHT: closer view of 3 chick cultivars
Some semp cultivars like 'Aross' chick so prolifically, there's no need to separately harvest them.
LEFT: 'Aross', so fuzzy and little tufts at leaf tips, a small explosion of growth and color.
RIGHT: 'Aross' on right-hand side, pink-hued 'Irazou' to the left of Aross.
Going to do several more of these chick flats