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Many gardeners are looking for low-maintenance plants that thrive on neglect. Sedums may be perfect for them.
These plants thrive in part to full sun, are drought tolerant once established, and require little extra fertility. They are also magnets for bees and butterflies. There are more than 400 species of sedums that are annuals, perennials, and even small shrubs depending upon the climate. Most are hardy from USDA zones 4 to 9. Sedums are succulents with fleshy leaves. The leaf colors include light green, blue-gray and reddish-bronze depending on the selection. The small flowers form in clusters in colors such as white, yellow, bronze and pink.
Clumping sedums come in a number of colorful varieties:
Creeping varieties have more variety in their leaf and flower colors. Some are deciduous and others evergreen. Many of these are natives so are more tolerant of part-shade conditions. They make excellent rock garden and container plants because of their love of well-drained soils.
Stonecrop Neon is a newer hybrid Sedum that covers itself with bright purplish-pink flowers on plants about 18 inches tall. (Sedum spectabile)...
Sedums are also well adapted to container growing. With the latest craze of growing succulents in containers, sedums match up well with agave, sempervivum and other succulents. In warm climates, these succulent containers can stay outdoors year round. In colder regions, bring them indoors before a freeze to protect them and the pot from freezing and thawing conditions.
You can grow the sedum in a sunny window or under grow lights. Another option is to remove the sedums from the container in fall, plant them in the garden well before your ground freezes and then transplant them into a new container the following spring.
A nice feature of the creeping sedums is their ability to root from their stems. This allows gardeners to propagate many new plants from a few mother plants.
In spring, check along the stems of your creeping sedums to see where it may have rooted on its own. Cut the stem below the roots to remove it from the mother plant, dig it up and replant in a new location.
You can also take a 6-inch long cutting of creeping and clumping sedums, remove the bottom leaves, dip the cut ends in rooting hormone powder and stick those cuttings in a pot filled with slightly moistened potting soil. Place the cuttings in a bright room out of direct sunlight and in a month or so, they should root and form new plants.
About the Author: Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally recognized garden speaker, author, consultant, radio and TV show host. He delights in making gardening information simple, easy, fun and accessible to everyone. Visit his website, GardeningwithCharlie.com for how-to gardening information, and for more about Charlie.
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