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How to Grow Sedum Flowers

Perennial, Sedum Acre

Sedum is a family of perennial, hardy, flowering succulents. There are many varieties ranging in size from just a couple inches high, to about 3'.  The smaller, more popular varieties are used as ground cover.

Sedum plants are very easy to grow, and are just about care and maintenance-free. Plants bloom from Summer to Fall in shades of yellow, red, pink, and orange. The flowers attract bees and butterflies.

Did you know? In old English translations, Sedum or Stonecrop, is translated as "sprouting from the stone". Here's an old garden saying "only stones require less care and live longer than Sedum."

Use the smaller varieties for ground cover. Taller varieties are grown in groups or mounds. Sedum is often used as borders or edgings, and in hanging baskets.

The taller varieties make good cut flowers, fresh or dried. Try leaving some flowers in the garden to dry. It adds a splash of color to the fall and winter landscape.

Sedum can also be grown as a houseplant.  


Plant Propagation:

Sedum is grown from division of its roots. Simply dig up the clump, divide and replant. Planting can be done in spring, summer, or fall.

Sedum can also be grown from young, tender cuttings. Some varieties root well in water. Some are so easy to root, that a cutting will quickly take root in damp soil.

 


How to Grow Sedum Plants:

Sedum plants like full sun to partial shade. Plants grow well in either rich or average soils. Soil should be well drained, as they do not like wet soils. Established plants are drought tolerant.

Once your Sedum plants are established, they should grow well for years and years...decades.

Fertilize two or three times a season for best results, beginning early in the spring.

Cut back tall plants any time after fall frost, but before the plant begins to grow again in the spring.

When growing Sedum indoors as a houseplant, it prefers 3-4 hours of direct sunlight, or several hours of artificial light. Other than that, this easy to grow plant should do well for you indoors.


Insect and Disease:

Insect and disease problems are all but non-existent. Foraging deer and rabbits leave Sedum alone.


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