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How do you grow a hens and chicks succulent plant?

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To grow hen and chicks succulent plants, put them in slightly acidic succulent potting mix in full sunlight with regular water and controlled-release fertilizer. Repot hen and chicks plants during warm weather when they outgrow their pots.

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Hen and chicks plants grow best in soil with a pH of around 6.0. The plants grow well in temperatures between 65 and 79 degrees Fahrenheit, so placing them in a sunny window allows them to grow year round in the recommended temperature range.

Hen and chicks need good drainage so they don't become waterlogged. Too much water rots the roots and kills the plant. Water them regularly during spring and summer, while scaling back to monthly watering in the winter.

A balanced 20-20-20 fertilizer works best for mature hen and chicks plants. Apply the fertilizer weakened to 1/4 strength weekly, or apply controlled-release fertilizer in the spring.

When repotting, wait until the soil is dry, and remove as much of the dirt from the roots as possible. Also, remove any dead or damaged roots when you repot, and be sure to spread the roots out. Wait for about a week to water the transplanted hen and chick. Start with light watering, and gradually increase it so the roots do not rot.

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