Planting and cultivating fat hen - That's how it's done

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Quiz question: What was the perennial of the year 2011? Right, the fat hen. Learn here what is so special about this plant and how it is grown.

Stonecrop (Sedum)

The now available in many flower colors (white, yellow, red, pink) Fetthenne, which was elected the perennial of 2011, meet gardeners in many places. The reason for this is that the plant variety, which consists of numerous subspecies, can be cultivated quite easily and that its flowering partly develops as early as June and keeps optimally well until autumn (October). In this extremely long flowering period, the stonecrop then becomes a magnet for butterflies and other insects.

The actually from asia originating fat hen is very well suitable for the cultivation in rock gardens or for the green roofs! Especially as they are available in different stature heights up to about 60 centimeters.

Here are a few particularly beautiful varieties of Fetthenne and also important information on cultivation and care of the plant presented.

Stonecrop - Sedum Telephium | © moquai86 -

Our variety recommendations

  • Autumn joy - very widespread variety, flowering into December
  • Matrona - pink flower umbels, maroon leaves, 50 cm tall
  • Fuldaglut - attractive, red-colored foliage, similar to a groundcover
  • Nanum - very low growing variety
  • Angelina - 20 cm high, yellow flower formation, orange-yellow leaf color in autumn
  • Coral Carpet - Coral flower that unfolds in the fall
  • Weihenstephander Gold - low-growing variety grown in Bavaria, yellow flowering
  • Robustum - bright red flower that often lasts until November
  • Purple fur -thorn - very tall variety, spreads over rhizomes
  • Maximum - flowering from green to yellow, extremely robust variety
  • Carl - bright pink flowers that bloom into the early autumn
  • Chloroticum - white flower, wintergreen
  • Dark Red - red flowers, showy foliage, only 30 centimeters tall
  • Brilliant - pink flower, very rare to find in the gardens
  • Tripmadam - also suitable as a salad and spice plant
  • Nice - blue-green leaf color, must be kept extremely dry, ideally in rockeries
  • Evergreens - also suitable for growing in semi-shade
  • Rosenteller - dark pink flowers, only 30 centimeters tall
  • John Creek - salmon-red blossom, dark red foliage, usable as groundcover

Cultivation of the fat hen

You should always plant the fat horseradish, also known as stonecrop, in the form of perennials in a sunny spot with the soil as permeable as possible. Only a few varieties tolerate a slight partial shade.

The stonecrop is also very suitable for cultivation in tub containers, which is why you can easily hold this plant on balconies and terraces. Note, however, that you only use drainable vessels.

Stonecrop - Sedum spectabile

Maintain fat hen properly

To water:

Fetthenne, named after its thick-bodied, water-retaining leaves, requires little water during the season and is even extremely sensitive to waterlogging. Because of this, you should only water the plant during long periods of drought and on exceptionally hot days.


You can usually do without fertilization of the plant all year round: Only in case of urgent need should you supply the stonecrop with complete fertilizer. In autumn, however, you should provide the fat hen with a little bit of fresh compost.

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In addition, the fat hen is one of the hardy perennials, which is why you should cut them back only in the spring, just before new shoots form. This has the advantage that even in winter, the partially dried flower stems in combination with snow and ice still offer a particularly impressive sight.


Fat hens are suitable as cut flowers for the vase. But you can also dry the fat hen and wrap it in wreaths as well as dry bouquets.


You can multiply the fat hen as a cutting in a glass of water (cut off in July / August), whereby it forms new root fibers in a very short time. Or by a careful division of existing perennials in spring.

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