Sempervivum Chick Charms Berry Bomb
'Chick Charms Berry Bomb' photo courtesy of Chris Hansen

Hens and Chicks

Berry Bomb is a great addition to your Chick Charms® collection. Berry Bomb forms clusters of large rosettes that are a deep burgundy red color early spring into summer when planted in full sun. Standing 5 cms tall and spreading up to 30 cms wide, Berry Bomb is a great plant for rock gardens, wall plantings, borders, ground covers as well as for patio planters. Chick Charms® are a drought tolerant, evergreen perennial that is hardy in zones 4-9 and grows well in full sun to light shade. Berry Bomb consists of one large rosette (the “hen”) and many smaller rosettes (the “chicks”) which can be pulled up and replanted elsewhere to start new plants.

  • Height: 5 cm (2 in)
  • Spread: 30 cm (12 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 3-9
  • Sun or Shade: minimum 4 hours of full sun
  • Bloom Time: summer
  • Leaf Colour: burgundy
  • Bloom Colour: white
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow Sempervivums in rock gardens, dry gardens, cracks and crevices, as edging or ground cover, or in containers. Indoors, try them in planters or troughs. They like full sun (6+ hours a day) to part sun (4-6 hours a day). Excellent drainage is essential, especially for plants in containers (drainage holes are a must, as is potting soil formulated for succulents). Let the soil go dry between thorough waterings. Neither deer or rabbits will eat them. If a plant starts to bloom the rosette will die. That is a normal part of their growth cycle. Remove the rosette after flowering and fill the space in with some fresh soil and plant a few of the smaller "babies" from the outside of the plant to fill  in the space.