Sedum is one of the most popular succulents. It grows well in almost any climate conditions. Sedum plants are easy to grow and require little attention from their caretakers. They do not need much water or fertilizer, but they will produce good yields if given proper space and sunlight. Sedum is considered as a low maintenance succulent because it does not require much attention from its caretakers.
Sedum Plant Care Tips:
Watering Sedum Plants Properly
The best way to water your Sedum plants is to give them regular watering every two weeks. Watering them too often may cause root rot which can lead to death of the plant.
In case you have a small amount of Sedum plants, then watering them once in three days would suffice. If you have a large quantity of Sedum plants, then watering them twice in four days would be sufficient.
Do not over water your Sedum plants. You can overwater your sedum plants and this could result in the death of the plant due to lack of oxygen at the roots.
Sedum plants can be grown in small pots, terracotta or plastic. When you water your sedum plants, make sure that the soil is dry on top before you water it again.
This can help you determine when to water your plant and can prevent the loss of Sedum plants due to overwatering.
Sunlight And Temperature For Your Sedum Plant
The best place for your sedum plant is outdoors in full sunlight. Since sedum is a succulent plant it requires a lot of sunlight to grow.
In the colder months, you can place your sedum plants in a sunny windowsill. Be sure not to place your plant in direct sunlight in the winter months as this could burn your plants. Sedum plants prefer temperatures between 5 degrees centigrade during the summer months and -5 degrees centigrade during the winter.
Sedum plants do not require much fertilizer as they get all the nutrients they need from the soil. If you want to give your plant a helping hand you can buy some fertilizer for succulents or cacti.
When buying fertilizer look for one that is high in phosphorus. Fertilize your sedum plants once every month during the spring and summer months.
Are Sedums Edible?
Sedum plants are not considered to be edible. Although, in foreign countries such as Korea some of the sedum species’ leaves and stems are eaten either cooked or raw as a culinary vegetable.
Sedum Plant Varieties
Sedum is a large plant family and many of its species are succulents. Sedum plants come in a wide range of colors such as reds, pinks, oranges, yellows, greens and mixtures of these colors.
The most commonly grown sedum plants are:
*Broadleaf Stonecrop (Sedum divergens) – This succulent has yellow flowers and grows to be 8 inches tall.
*Narrow Leaf Sedum (Sedum stenopetalum) – This succulent has pink flowers and grows to be 6 inches tall.
Sedums do not require much attention and can withstand many types of soil and weather conditions. Therefore, they make an excellent plant for those who wish to grow plants indoors as a hobby or for those who have black thumbs.
They are also said to symbolize love and loyalty. Maybe this is why I’m growing attached to my little Sedum plant.
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