Echeveria Gigantea 'Giant Hens And Chicks'

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Basic Info

Echeveria Gigantea is also commonly known as the ‘Giant Hens And Chicks’. As the plant matures you can expect it to reach up to around cm (18″) tall. When the plant flowers you can expect it to produce red flowers from late fall to early winter

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Genus: Echeveria

Care and Propagation Information


Echeveria Gigantea ‘Giant Hens And Chicks’ can be quite beautiful when it is well-taken care off. This succulent type needs typical watering as the other succulents. The watering method is very important to keep your Giant Hens And Chicks healthy. It should not sit on the water, and an excess amount of water should be avoided. The best way of watering is soak and dry method this succulent. Yet, the succulent should be controlled to avoid overwatering.

General Care for Echeveria Gigantea ‘Giant Hens And Chicks’

This succulent type is a unique succulent that is easy to care for when you care for the plant properly. It is a nice addition to your outside garden!

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Quick Facts:

  • Prefers full sun
  • Can be grown outdoor
  • Grows 45 cm (18″) tall
  • Can die easily if overwatered see: 
  • How to Water Succulent PlantsDoes not handle cold well
  • Prefers Zone 9b-11b -3.9°C (25°F)
  • Best propagated by offsets
  • Flowers rose-red

Where to Plant

Echeveria Gigantea ‘Giant Hens And Chicks’ succulents need strong light. When planting this succulent type in a garden, make sure it gets sunlight. Full to partial sun is the best for its growth. It is better to grow outdoor rather than indoor.

This type of succulent prefers a warm climate. It can survive at zone 9b-11b which is around -3.9°C (25°F). If you live in a cold area, it is better to plant Giant Hens And Chicks in an indoor environment. As long as it gets enough sunlight, the plant will grow happily.

How to Propagate Echeveria Gigantea ‘Giant Hens And Chicks’ 

Giant Hens And Chicks can be propagated by leave cuttings. This succulent type does not require repotting often. Of course, the first-time repotting is essential when it is bought from the store.

Like all the other succulent types, a well-drained soil mixture is essential. If you want to know about well-drained soil mixtures, check How to Prepare Well-drained Soil for Succulent Plants.

How to Propagate Echeveria Gigantea ‘Giant Hens And Chicks’ From Cuttings

When propagating Giant Hens And Chicks from cuttings, cut a leaf from the mother plant carefully with a clean knife or scissors. Before replanting, wait for a few days to allow it to callous. Use well-draining soil for your new succulent plant. Don’t forget to water when the soil dries out.

How to Propagate Giant Hens And Chicks Using Seeds

This succulent type is a slow grower so even if it can be propagated by its seeds, this method is not recommended. To propagate from the seeds, plant the seeds in a well-draining soil mixture. This method can be used outdoors. In cooler areas, indoor propagating is recommended.

Origin and Habitat

Giant Hens And Chicks is native to Mexico