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The carpet-forming species of the fat hen are very suitable for green roofs, dry stone walls or rockeries. A classic duo for the greening of gravel areas and wide paving joints are the yellow-flowering sharp stonecrop (Sedum acre) and the sand-thyme (Thymus serphyllum). Because of their frugal nature, carpet-making species are also popular for tomb design and can easily be kept in stone troughs and shallow planters.
Higher-growing fat hens are also in demand as bedding plants from the farm garden to the prairie garden. Not only do they have an attractive sprouting in spring, they also show off their chocolate side even with their late-autumn seed stalls. They are often planted in small groups and combined with asters, coneflowers and ornamental grasses such as the European Gray Millet (Panicum virgatum) or the Riding Grass (Calamagrostis). Perennials with elongated inflorescences such as Veronica form wonderful contrasts with the plate-shaped Fetthennen flowers.
High fat hens are also suitable for container planting and are excellent cut flowers. In autumn wreaths, the flowers can be wonderfully incorporated together with hydrangeas, clematis or rosehips. They dry up and then last a very long time.
As a rule, the high fat hens are not cut back until spring, as their seeds are very decorative in winter. Carpet-forming species do not need a cut.
The high fat hen is decorative almost all year round
Fat hens are very durable. It is only shared when the clumps or rugs get too big over the years. This is best done in early spring.
other care tips
The plants are the most beautiful, if you keep them short - so do not use regular compost and fertilizers and do not pour fat hens too drizzly even in dry weather.
There is hardly a plant that is as easy to multiply as the fat hen. In the spring, simply sting a piece of the eyrie or carpet for all species and reinsert it at the desired location. For green roofs, a few sprouts are sprinkled on the leveled roof substrate and then thoroughly watered in the sharp stonecrop (Sedum acre). Even in the flower vase, the pedicels usually form roots after only a week. In addition, some species and even in the garden themselves.
Diseases and pests
Carpet-forming species sometimes suffer from wilt diseases (Verticillium). Generously remove dead areas and replace the soil before replanting. Higher species are easily attacked by gray mold (Botrytis) if the location is too moist. Also powdery mildew can occasionally occur. One of the most common pests is the weevil: The beetle eats typical bay-like depressions into the fleshy leaf margins.