You may be wondering how the “Hen & Chicks situation” is going. If you will recall, last summer I was given a big bowl of Hen & Chicks plant. Noticing that it seemed a little overcrowded, I dumped them all out and repotted them.
That was my mistake.
Despite having given away tons of these things, I keep growing more. Apparently, my gardening style and location is perfectly suited to Hen & Chicks plants. I just counted 52 full-size plants, and 8 plantlets on runners dangling over the edges.
My gardening style is not even “benign neglect,” it’s just straight up “neglect.” Case in point: I just realized that it hasn’t rained here since June, and maybe it’s about time I should water them. (They look fine, by the way. Probably didn’t even need the water.)
Here’s a view from the opposite direction, with even worse lighting.
As for the location, this is about all the sun they will get for the year. With the giant trees looming all around, the porch railing gets about 2 hours of filtered direct sunlight per day from about May through September.
The rest of the year they only get indirect sunlight at best. On particularly gloomy days, I’m not sure it even counts as sunlight at all.
Sure seems to be working for them, though.