Sedum Succulent for Your Garden and Pots

March 7, 2014 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Sedum Succulent Plants

Sedum Succulent for your Garden and PotsFrom the Latin “sedere” meaning “to sit”, the Sedum plant literally takes the perfect seat as vibrant ground and wall covering. This particular genus belongs to the stonecrop family which contains over 300 species. Its like perfection from the moment it emerges from the soil and because of this it is quite popular in Australia. In the summer these perennials add a fresh new look to your garden and even left standing look beautiful in the winter when their foliage dies. The sedum succulent are known for being very easy to grow and are drought resistant plants. The government of Australia also includes the sedum plant species in their green initiatives. The sedum plant is one of the stars of green roof projects. These succulents are great for filling up small dull spaces in your garden that you have no idea what to do with.

Sedum Plants Care

Sedum care is very simple which is another reason for their popularity with home gardeners. Sedum succulent can easily grow in a sunny or partly shaded condition. The lower to the ground varieties survive well in partial shade while the higher growth varieties are better in full sun. They only require light well-drained soil with a depth of about 12 to 15 inches which can be done with a garden fork or tiller. You can mix a 2 to 4 inch layer of compost and apply at least 2 inches of compost each spring. Sedum plants are best seeded in the spring spaced at about 6 inches to 2 feet apart depending on their variety. Sedum succulent can also be planted from cuttings. You will need to water these plants in the summer if there is less than one inch of rainfall per week. You should cut the stems back an inch or two after the winter frost. The plants will need to be divided every 3 to 4 years in the spring as new growth forms. Lower growing sedums make great groundcovers. Sedums are regularly called and known as Stonecrop.

Sedum Plant Varieties

There are many different types of sedum plants that all have the ability to add flair to your home garden. Because of its dependable and adaptable nature, the

  • Sedum Autumn Joy is a particularly popular species of this plant group in Australia as well as other parts of the world. It blooms from March into May ranging in a height of 1 to 3 feet with an equally sized spread. They bloom with a pinkish colour and mature to a copper tone by autumn. It is also known as showy sedum Sedum Spectabile autumn joy. It is best propagated in winter by division. Use stem cuttings for propagation in spring, let the cuttings dry out for at least 2 weeks before your plant them.
  • Sedum Ruby Glow another sedum type which is a low growing plant. It ranges between a height of 6 to 8 inches and a spread of 1 to 3 feet. These flowers have a rosy-red hue with bluish-green leaves below them. The Sedum Ruby Glow blooms in summer to late summer.
  • Sedum Gold Mound An excellent sedum to grow as a potted plant. Sedum gold mound grows to a mature height of 10 – 25 cm depending on the quality of your soil. This plant is yellow in colour and grows best in full sun. The Sedum Gold Mound flowers in spring and can be planted in spring, summer and autumn.
  • Sedum Purple Emperor has dark maroon growing stems and foliage, flowers start deep pink and fade to terracotta height 70cm does well in full sun.
  • Sedum Frosty Morn a variegated foliage, leaves are grey green and upright with white borders, that grow heads of pink flowers.
  • Sedum Iceberg lime green fleshy thick leaves, a lovely white flowering form, hardy grower grows to 50cm.

Whatever variety of sedum plant you choose to cultivate will enliven your home and garden.

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