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by TheGardenerGuy on March 26, 2006 10:44 AM
Hi... [wavey]
We grow these mailnly in strawberry pots each year. Its seems like this year when we checked on them outside alot of them rotted. Is this a common problem? [dunno]
I wonder if we should bring them in the garage? The ones we have are heavy so we really don't want to drag them back and forth.
The ones we plant in the ground do wonderful.
It looks like we will be replanting alot fo our pots this year.. [tears]
Greg

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by weezie13 on March 26, 2006 11:04 AM
Greg,
They may freeze from being too high off the ground..
I had some in a big keg planter and mine died too,
the one's in the ground are fine...

So it could very well be they just don't get
the insulation they need being too high up.... [dunno]

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by angelblossom on March 28, 2006 12:18 PM
I can't find any chicken and hens [tears] and I want some. I want to start a little cactus succulent area in my yard set in layered rocks and pepples/and sand Maybe it's just too early in the season to find them??? [dunno]

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by cinta on March 28, 2006 12:59 PM
Mine do good in the strawberry pot. But I plant them in 75% gravel. Also, if you have glazed Strawberry pots those hold water longer than the terracotta.

I have severe snow and ice winters. What will kill them is moisture. Try mixing more gravel with your potting mix and put a layer of gravel on top then plant your chicks.

Your other choice is put them under a porch or somewhere they have some protection from rain and snow in the winter. They need the cold but not the moisture in the winter.

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I brought all mine online and through trades. I found one pot in a corner at my local nursery last year. I do not know about other cities but they are not readily available in PA.

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by MissJamie on March 28, 2006 01:23 PM
I kept mine in a plastic milk jug cut in half and the kept fine through the winter.

and angel if I remember to later on this year and if my hens and chicks make babies I'd be more than happy to send you some [Smile]

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by weezie13 on March 28, 2006 07:50 PM
I keep mine in an old pair of shoes..
hehehehehe..
If I find my picture I'll post it...

I have two sets of them, and try to do a
new set every year....
We'll see if I get to doing the 3rd pair early
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by weezie13 on March 28, 2006 08:00 PM
okay, found it..
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by TheGardenerGuy on March 28, 2006 08:02 PM
Thanks for the help!
Weezie...i too put them in shoes! I have a bunch of leather boys shoes in put them in on the porch,,
My mom gave me the idea..too cute!
Greg [clappy] [gabby] [angel]

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by weezie13 on March 28, 2006 08:16 PM
****Got any pictures Greg??? [thumb] [flower] [flower]

***Cinta, That is a very cute pot you have there*

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by penny in ontario on March 29, 2006 02:57 AM
you guys have given me some ideas about using old shoes and the strawberry pot, great tips!!! [thumb]

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by angelblossom on March 29, 2006 09:05 AM
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Originally posted by MissJamie:


and angel if I remember to later on this year and if my hens and chicks make babies I'd be more than happy to send you some [Smile]

Thanks Jamie!! [grin] [kissies] I'm still on the look out for them I'll let you know if I find any! [Cool]

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by loz on March 29, 2006 09:28 AM
I was surprised to see my hens and chicks my neighbor gave me are still alive...I forgot about them at the end of the year and they stayed in the flowerbed all winter, but look fine.....is that normal in zone 6???

Cute pic Weezie. [thumb]
by weezie13 on March 29, 2006 10:08 AM
They are veryyyyyyyy winter hardy,
as long as they have contact with soil
and close to the ground...
*I personally have found that if I leave them
out in a very tall planter, they die..*
Anything else, they popppppp out come spring time
and area fine...

If for some reason, they have grown themselves out of the ground, pull them up, stem and all...
pull a few of the lower leaves off that would come in contact with the soil.. and there will be fine white hairs coming out from there..
Just place on top of the soil, press a bit to get the plant to make contact with the soil, and it'll re~root up.......

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by PlantFaerie on March 29, 2006 10:14 AM
Loz, my mom has them all over and they never leave the flowerbed. They just....overpopulate LOL

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by JV on April 01, 2006 06:25 AM
Here are my two Hen and Chicks along with a Kaloncho I just got.This is the top tier.
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Another shot. The other two tiers has assorted succulents in them. Best part can be broken down and used separately or put on pole or on a chain like I have them .
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by jonni13 on April 01, 2006 07:01 AM
That is one cool pot, Jimmy. I like the plants, too.

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by JV on April 01, 2006 07:26 AM
Thanks Tina. It waters from the top down or individualy. I am testing this pot and love it. It would be ideal for Strawberries or such.
Jimmy

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by weezie13 on April 01, 2006 07:46 AM
My mom bought two sets of those types of planters,
and gave me one set for a Birthday gift....
She got them at QVC...
They are sooooooo cool lookin' I tell you..

The one year I did statice in them...
and I did them in the individual pots, apart..

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by dodge on April 08, 2006 08:46 AM
WHAT STORE IN TEXAS SELLS THAT SEXY POT?
VERY NICE.......BUT IS IT HEAVY TO HANG OR DOES IT SET?
I HAVE THE STRAWBERRY JAR FOR MINE..AND I SHOVE IT UNDER THE STONE PORCH IN THE WINTER.. NO PROBLEM......THE REST OF MY RED CHICKENS ARE OUTSIDE ALL WINTER BY MY CHIMNEY.. IF I GET A NICE DAY, I MAY TAKE A PHOTO..........
THEY DO LIKE IT THERE, BECAUSE OF THE STONY AREA.
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by plants 'n pots on April 08, 2006 11:21 AM
Jimmy - I really like that pot!
Lucky you for getting to test it!

Dodge - might I tell you that it is considered YELLING online when you write in all capital letters?

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by JV on April 10, 2006 03:21 AM
Dodge I am testing this type right now.The one weezie had I think was the wick type this is wickless. As far as I know it can only be gotten online at the website may be from QVC I don't know. stackapot.com I think is the website I am at work but when I get home can PM you their website if you like. They also have one they are fixing to release clamps on a railing or a 2x4 which I would like to have. I get to keep what I test just fill out and return the form they send.
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by tkhooper on April 17, 2006 05:47 AM
Great looking pot. I really like it. I hope it works well for you.

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by loz on June 25, 2006 03:12 PM
Just wanted to share a pic of mine! [thumb]

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by Squirrel on June 25, 2006 03:33 PM
Jimmy, Great pix! [clappy] [thumb] I love that pot. Where in the world did you get it. On line, I hope. [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin] Thanks for sharing. Sue

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by gardeningmomma on June 25, 2006 03:56 PM
That is a neat pot. Is it heavy or light weight?
by Amany on June 25, 2006 04:25 PM
Pretty, pretty...

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by JV on June 26, 2006 03:58 AM
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Originally posted by gardeningmomma:
That is a neat pot. Is it heavy or light weight?
pot is very light until you get it filled with plants and soil. Not really that heavy then. Can be on a chain as I have it or on a rod or seperatley. this winter will probably break it down as no place in house to hang pots like that.

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by Tonya on June 27, 2006 12:18 AM
Love all the ideas for hens and chicks...now to go see my mom and snitch some of hers! [lala]

I have PLENTY of old shoes I could put them in! [thumb]

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by samizmama on August 25, 2006 02:41 AM
How do you plaNT THESE? I GOTTEN SOME LONG AGO, FROM AN GAL..BUT ROTTEN.I got some new babies..that someone just sended..but need to know..how really to plant them..maybe in n pot., but how much soil, rocks, or what to use
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by Pekemom on August 25, 2006 03:19 AM
Chickens and hens? They are adorable!!!!! I wonder where I can get them around here (Florida). The shoe idea is too cute. They are succulents??

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by Jiffymouse on August 25, 2006 03:12 PM
they are succulents and finding them that will grow and be happy in our wet weather here in the south is hard, but i've finally accomplished it, i think...
by comfrey on August 25, 2006 04:24 PM
I am unable to keep them alive if I plant them in the ground, but if I plant them in a container or pot...they survive just fine. I think that we get way too much moisture here in my spot in Arkansas, and in a pot they can drain off that rain better. It seems that all of our mothers grow them. I got mine from my mom, she has one of those half whiskey barrels full, hers is over crowded and she wants to move some of them out of the barrel, but hasn't figured out where, she gave me all I could find in her flower beds to get rid of them out her beds. Here is what hers looks like:
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by Triss on August 25, 2006 04:33 PM
That is gorgeous! They look so good in that purple planter!!

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by comfrey on August 25, 2006 04:50 PM
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That is gorgeous! They look so good in that purple planter!!
Its really not purple..its just weathered wood. I wish they would grow and multiply like that for me.

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by weezie13 on August 26, 2006 04:03 AM
That is just gorgeous!!!

*you know it's funny about different parts of the world/country and growing conditions..
I tried putting some in a whiskey barrel my mom
has, and they died two years in a row..
I figured it was too high up off the ground for the freezing temps in the winter here*

Try an old wheelbarrow tipped sideways like PattyS did, that might work for you and drainage.

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by Pekemom on August 26, 2006 05:18 AM
That's an interesting pot, JV. I've never seen anything like it.

Looks great!

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by weezie13 on August 26, 2006 06:24 AM
Here's some in 2 pairs of shoes...
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by Triss on August 26, 2006 06:57 AM
That shoe idea is really cool!

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by ladystressout on August 31, 2006 04:58 AM
Hey! everyone does anyone have any hens n chicks they called cobweb?I sure would love some of them if anyone has any?Rita
by penny in ontario on August 31, 2006 06:26 AM
Great idea Weezie [thumb]

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by Pekemom on August 31, 2006 11:48 AM
They look like artichokes...sort of!! They're very cute. I don't see them around here...

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by weezie13 on August 31, 2006 12:57 PM
I think maybe cause your area/growing zone
maybe tooooo hot for them..
They need a cold winter and that type...

I do think they are up to growing zones
8 or 9...

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by Pekemom on August 31, 2006 02:05 PM
Oh! thanks, Weezie..I was wondering about that!

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by gardeningmomma on August 31, 2006 02:26 PM
weezie13,
I see you are in NY as well. Do you bring your in for the Winter?
by weezie13 on August 31, 2006 02:53 PM
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weezie13,
I see you are in NY as well. Do you bring your in for the Winter?

Yes, I am in Western New York...
*about an hour South of Buffalo*
(which side are you on??)
and I do NOT bring them in for winter..
They love winter... they'll stay green under
the snow all winter long...

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by plants 'n pots on August 31, 2006 03:28 PM
I second what Weezie said - they don't mind the freezing temps here either, and come back better each year.

I have a small group of the cobwebs, Rita - but they are the only ones that are not growing for me - it's still the same very small size it was when I got it last summer - sorry.

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by gardeningmomma on September 01, 2006 12:48 PM
Thank you [Wink] I'm in Oneida County about an hour east of Syracuse.

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