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  • Answered by
    Downtoearthdigs on
    June 13, 2015
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    It sounds like it's getting ready to flower. The mother plant will die off after four to six years and should be removed. The plants produce a flower when mature, sending up a single stalk from 2 to 8 inches tall with a cluster of star-shaped flower buds. These should be pulled off the plant when they expire.

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    Downtoearthdigs on
    September 24, 2015
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    Downtoearthdigs on
    April 24, 2016
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    The Hen's and Chick's are still dormant and will need warmer temperatures to wake up.
    Make sure not to overwater the plants at this time.
    The colors change on the plants over time and weather conditions.

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/hens-chicks/growing-hens-and-chicks.htm
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/hens-chicks/growing-sempervivum-plants.htm

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    kh0001 on
    May 12, 2016
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    Absolutely, as long as at least several hours of full sun hit the area on the patio where you want to place them. I've grown Hens & Chicks in pots, in an old wheelbarrow and in the ground -- and in relatively poor soil, in all three, BUT they were in full sun. This article may help you:

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/hens-chicks/growing-hens-and-chicks.htm

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  • Answered by
    Butch Romero on
    June 1, 2016
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    Chickens usually need a lot of room to roam. Kept in a small space, I would imagine it collecting a lot of the chicken manure and food, which would then attract the ants. Try keeping their enclosure clean. Bring out the chickens from time to time to clean it out. Also keep the surroundings clean.

    You could also try buying one of those natural, non-toxic pest sprays and apply it around the enclosure every now and then.

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  • Answered by
    kh0001 on
    July 8, 2016
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    Not seeing a photo of the "stalks" you're talking about, it's difficult to tell what it might be, but here are some articles about Hens & Chicks that might help you identify what you're growing:

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/hens-chicks/growing-hens-and-chicks.htm

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/hens-chicks/hens-and-chicks-flowers.htm

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