The Most Common Reasons Why Hens and Chicks are Dying: A Comprehensive Guide


If you’re a plant lover, you’ve probably heard of hens and chicks before. These adorable succulents, scientifically named Sempervivum, are known for their unique rosette shape and ability to produce “chicks” or offshoots around the “hen” or main plant. While hens and chicks are generally easy to care for, it’s important to be careful and temperate in their care to avoid problems. Here, we name the top three reasons why hens and chicks can die and what you can do to keep them alive and thriving.

The first reason why hens and chicks may die is overwatering. Although they can tolerate some moisture, hens and chicks are desert plants that prefer dry conditions. When their soil is wet for too long, their roots become mushy, leading to rot and eventually death. To avoid overwatering, it’s crucial to plant hens and chicks in well-draining soil, such as a mixture of potting soil and pumice, and water them sparingly.

The second reason why hens and chicks may die is during winter. While these plants can tolerate cold temperatures, prolonged exposure to wet and freezing conditions can cause them to become yellow and mushy. To protect your hens and chicks during winter, it’s best to bring them indoors or provide a cover to prevent them from getting too wet.

Lastly, neglecting to repot hens and chicks can also lead to their demise. As they grow, hens and chicks produce more and more offshoots, which can eventually overcrowd the pot. If the pot becomes too crowded, the plants will compete for water, nutrients, and space, leading to poor growth and even death. To encourage healthy growth, it’s important to regularly repot your hens and chicks, giving them enough space to spread their roots.

In conclusion, while hens and chicks are generally easy to care for, they can still face challenges that affect their longevity. By being mindful of their water needs, protecting them during winter, and providing adequate space for growth, you can ensure that your hens and chicks thrive for years to come. So, if you’re looking to add a touch of beauty and resilience to your plant collection, why not give these pretty hen-and-chicks a try?

Hen and Chickens Flowers

Hen and Chickens flowers, also known as hen-and-chicks or houseleek, are a type of succulent cactus plant. They are called hen and chicks because the main plant, called the “hen,” produces small offshoots, known as the “chicks,” around it. These chicks grow in rosettes, which makes them look like miniature versions of the main plant.

Hen and Chickens flowers are a favorite for many gardeners because they are easy to grow and propagate. They are drought-tolerant and can thrive in well-drained soil, making them a low-maintenance plant. Whether you have a green thumb or not, hen and chicks are a great addition to any garden or potted plant collection.

One of the most common problems that can distress hen and chicks is overwatering. Although they are drought-tolerant, these plants do not like to sit in waterlogged soil. So, make sure to water them only when the soil is dry to the touch. It’s better to underwater them than to overwater them. Too much water can cause the rosettes to turn yellow or white and eventually die.

Another problem that hen and chicks may face is poor drainage. If they’re grown in soil that doesn’t drain well, the roots can rot, leading to the death of the plant. To avoid this, make sure to use a well-draining potting mix or add perlite to the soil to improve drainage.

Lastly, hen and chickens can sometimes be prone to diseases. The most common one is rot, which can occur when the stalks become waterlogged and start to decay. To prevent this, make sure to water from the bottom and avoid getting water on the leaves. Additionally, it’s important to remove any dead leaves or chicks to prevent the spread of diseases.

Hen and Chickens flowers are known for their pretty blooms, which can vary in color depending on the variety. They typically bloom during the summer, producing stalks with clusters of small flowers. After the blooms fade, the plants may produce seeds that can be collected and grown into new hen and chick plants.

In conclusion, hen and chickens flowers are a beautiful and easy-to-grow plant. By following some simple rules, such as providing well-drained soil, avoiding overwatering, and removing dead leaves, you can ensure the health and longevity of your hen and chick plants.

To learn more about growing and caring for hen and chickens flowers, check out the video below:

Hen and Chickens Video Hen and Chickens Flowers – A Comprehensive Guide


If your hens and chicks are dying, there could be several reasons why. These unique little succulents, also known as Sempervivum, can be quite sensitive to their environment and require specific care to thrive. Here are the top three reasons why your hens and chicks may be dying:

  1. Poorly draining soil: Hens and chicks prefer well-draining soil as they are native to rocky, mountainous areas. If you’re noticing that your plants are becoming mushy or yellow, it could be a sign of too much moisture. Make sure to plant your hens and chicks in a mix specifically formulated for succulents or use a mixture of regular potting soil and sand to improve drainage.
  2. Overwatering: While hens and chicks are drought-tolerant, they still require some watering. However, it’s important to be careful not to overwater them. Only water when the soil is completely dry, and make sure to allow excess water to drain away. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other diseases that can quickly kill your plants.
  3. Poor climate conditions: Different varieties of hens and chicks have different climate preferences, so it’s essential to know what type you have and their ideal conditions. Most hens and chicks prefer full sun and well-draining soil, but some varieties can handle shade or have unique requirements. Make sure you’re growing the right type for your climate and provide the appropriate amount of sunlight and humidity.

By following these tips, you can help ensure the health and longevity of your hens and chicks. Remember to choose a well-draining soil mix, be mindful of your watering habits, and provide the right climate conditions for your specific variety. With proper care, your hens and chicks will thrive and create a beautiful appearance in your garden.


When it comes to caring for hens and chickens, there are a few common reasons why they may start dying. Here, we will discuss each of these reasons and why they are the most commonly observed. By understanding these reasons, you can better care for your favorite succulent plants and ensure their well-being.

1. Overwatering: One of the most common reasons why hens and chicks die is overwatering. These plants prefer a well-draining soil, so if you give them too much water, their roots can become waterlogged and start to rot. To avoid this, make sure to let the soil dry out completely between waterings, especially during winter when they are more dormant.

2. Poor soil drainage: Similar to overwatering, poor soil drainage can also lead to root rot and the eventual death of your hens and chicks. When planting them in a container, select one with drainage holes to allow excess water to escape. You can also add pumice or perlite to the soil to improve drainage.

3. Extreme temperature conditions: Hens and chicks are typically hardy plants that can withstand various climate conditions. However, extreme heat or cold can cause stress and even death. During the summer, make sure to provide some shade for your plants to prevent them from getting scorched by the sun. In winter, protect them from frost or freezing temperatures by bringing them indoors or covering them with a frost cloth.

These are the top three reasons why your hens and chicks may be dying. If you notice any signs such as mushy or rotted leaves, yellowing foliage, or a strong odor, it’s important to address the issue promptly. Make sure to watch moisture levels, use well-draining soil, and provide appropriate protection from extreme temperatures. By following these simple tips, you can keep your hens and chicks thriving for longer.


During the winter, Hens and Chicks plants often die after they flower. This is a natural process that occurs as part of their growth cycle. Hens and Chicks, which are a type of succulent plant, typically grow in a rosette shape. They produce offsets, also known as “chicks,” around the base of the main plant, also known as the “hen.”

These offsets will eventually grow into mature plants. However, after flowering, the main plant will die. This is because the energy and resources it had been using to grow and produce flowers are redirected towards the production of the “chicks.” This is a normal and expected part of the Hens and Chicks’ life cycle, and it is not a cause for concern.

If you want to ensure the survival of your Hens and Chicks, it is important to watch for signs of flowering and take appropriate action. Flowering usually occurs in the summer or early fall. Once you notice that your Hens and Chicks have flowered, you can choose to either let them die naturally or take steps to propagate them by repotting the offsets.

It’s important to note that not all types of Hens and Chicks will flower. Some varieties, like the common houseleek, may rarely flower, while others, like the white edged Hens and Chicks, may flower more frequently. The frequency of flowering will largely depend on the specific type of Hens and Chicks you have.

One thing to keep in mind is that Hens and Chicks prefer a temperate climate and well-drained soil. They’re drought-tolerant plants, so watering them too much can lead to root rot and the death of the plant. It’s best to plant them in a well-draining soil mixture and only water them when the soil is completely dry.

In conclusion, one of the reasons why Hens and Chicks may die after flowering is simply because it’s a natural part of their life cycle. If your Hens and Chicks have recently flowered and are now starting to die, there’s no need to worry. Just make sure to take proper care of the offsets and continue to provide them with the right growing conditions.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.