Growing Sedum

Botanical Name: Sedum
Life Cycle: perennial
Planting Time: spring, summer or fall
Height: 2" to 30"
Exposure: full sun
Soil: average to rich, well-drained soil
Hardiness: zones 3-9 depending on variety
Bloom Time: summer to fall
Flower: variety of colorful star-shaped flowers
Foliage: fleshy semi-green to evergreen leaves in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors
Propagation: division in spring or fall; cuttings any time plants are not flowering
Suggested Use: groundcovers, rock gardens, edgings, borders, beds, hanging baskets and fillers
Growing Hints: Sedums come in a variety of types-from groundcovers to tall standing mounds. Start with one or two purchased plants and plan on propagating additional plants by division and cuttings. Sedums dislike wet feet so root cuttings in a well-drained medium of 50-50 vermiculite and perlite. Creeping varieties do not need to be rooted. Simply pull off a piece and pat it down in the soil where you want it to grow. Low-growing types spread quickly and make excellent ground covers.
Interesting Facts: Sedums also grow well as houseplants as long as they get 4 or more hours per day of direct sunlight or 12 to 16 hours of strong artificial light.

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