How To Plant Sedums In Containers

Sedum does well in dry, well-drained soil. The most important thing to keep in mind while working with sedum is to put it in well-draining soil. A healthy plant must protrude above the pot’s rim. The leaves may decay if the soil is below the rim of the pot and allows water to collect. Sedum thrives well on soil that dries quickly. Plants benefit from space between them because it promotes airflow and drying.

Watering Sedum in Pots

Sedums are happiest when they are dry. Better is less water. Compared to trying to mend a moist plant, it is considerably simpler to revive a dried-out stonecrop. Every few days, check the soil. Just when the earth seems dry enough to water the plant. Just enough moisture should be provided so that the soil is saturated. Make sure the pot includes drainage holes if you plan to store it outdoors where it will be exposed to inclement weather.

Fertilizing Sedum in Pots

It is a good idea to incorporate a slow release fertilizer into the soil before planting sedum for the first time. Supplemental feedings are unnecessary during the growth season. Too much fertilizer may cause the plant to become lanky. You can fertilize the sedum during the growing season if it doesn’t appear to be flowering well. It will work with a diluted 15-15-15 liquid fertilizer (1/4 teaspoon per gallon of water).

Winter Care For Sedum in Pots

A extremely resilient plant that can withstand freezing temperatures is the sedum. From April until well into winter, it grows. You can leave the sedum outdoors in the winter depending on the material of your container. We advise using our resin containers because ceramic or terracotta pots will crack. For the winter, place the pot close to a structure in a protected area. The plant will blossom again in the spring if it is allowed to remain frozen and dormant over the winter.

For the winter, you may even bring your container sedum inside. When the weather changes, plants can sense it. Before the first freeze in the fall is when you should move the sedum indoors. Put it under grow lights or close to a window that faces south. Sedum need at least six hours of sunlight each day. Sparingly water the sedum during the winter.

Does sedum thrive in containers?

If you use a good potting mix that can both retain and drain water, both tall and creeping sedums make great container plants. Creeping sedums make ideal spiller partners to tall container plants like cactus and agave, and tall sedums look beautiful in a patio pot. In the crevices of strawberry pots, pallet gardens, rock walls, and wall gardens, creeping sedums also look lovely. Additionally, because of the way their long branches droop over the pot’s edge, creeping sedums are ideal for hanging baskets.

Sedum Ground Covers:

Although tall sedums do not spread, they make stunning and durable ground covers when planted in large quantities. Ideal for completing a hillside or adding substance to the center of a perennial border. For sunny areas, creeping sedums will develop gradually but steadily and create a very low ground cover. Perfect for hanging over rocks, along the edge of walls and walkways, and for containers.

What is the ideal sedum planting technique?

Sedum, often known as “stone crop flower,” thrives in full to part sun. While creeping varieties can thrive in partial shade, taller hybrids require full light for the finest flowering.

Soil: Sedums prefer a pH range of neutral to slightly alkaline soil that is extremely well-drained. Root and stem rot can result from wet, heavy clay.

Tall growing sedums should be spaced 1 to 2 feet apart. Depending on the kind and how rapidly you want it to fill in an area, space low-growing, creeping sedums 6 to 12 inches apart.

Sedums should be planted in the spring after the risk of frost has passed. Till the end of the summer, you can still plant transplants in northern regions. Planting season is spring or fall in drier regions.

What sort of soil are sedums suited for?

Sedums have everything! This perennial produces clusters of star-shaped flowers that bloom from midsummer to fall, along with lush, luscious green leaves. It attracts pollinators and is simple to maintain. How to plant sedum in your garden is provided here.

About Sedum

Sedum, a genus of succulents with fleshy stems and succulent leaves commonly known as “stonecrop,” is one of the easiest perennial plants to grow. This sedum cultivar is suitable for practically all gardens because it is a hardy plant that thrives in shallow soil.

Based on how the plants develop, we like to split sedum into two primary categories: low-growing sedum and upright sedum.

  • Sedum that grows slowly spreads throughout the ground and only grows to a height of a few inches (or less). As a result, they are ideal for use as ground covers along pathways, in rock gardens, or cascading over stone walls.
  • Sedum that is tall or upright often grows in tall, upright clumps with dense clusters of tiny reddish-pink flowers in their huge flower heads. They make excellent candidates for border gardens or pollinator gardens due to their height and lovely blossoms. Despite upright sedum’s recent reclassification into the Hylotelephium genus, it is still frequently referred to as a “sedum.”

Although they prefer full sun, Sedum may tolerate partial shade. Plant sedum in full sun to enhance overwintering potential if you live somewhere with long, cold winters (Zone 5 and colder).

Although sedum thrives in sandy or poor soil, it needs to be well-drained to prevent fungus problems. If cultivated in soil that retains too much moisture, it is highly prone to developing root rot. Additionally, overly fertile soil can promote lanky growth, which can cause upright sedum species to bloom with a top-heavy appearance.

When to Plant Sedum

  • Typically, sedum is purchased in plugs or pots and then planted in the garden. Sedum is best planted in the spring, after the risk of frost but before the summer heat arrives.
  • In early spring, sow sedum seeds in average to rich soil that is well-drained. (Learn more about adding amendments to the soil and getting it ready for planting.)

How to Plant Sedum

  • Depending on the kind, space plants anywhere between 6 inches and 2 feet apart. While upright sedums tend to keep more compact, low-growing sedums will quickly fill in any gaps.
  • When planting whole plants or divisions, dig a hole deep enough so that the top of the root ball is level with the soil’s surface. Then, insert the plant, and then cover the area around it with soil. Avoid burying upright sedum stems in particular as this can cause rot.
  • Planting cuttings: Sedum is easily propagated through cuttings, just like other succulents. Under the right lighting and watering conditions, the cutting should easily root if the cut end is simply inserted into the soil.
  • Sedum plants require little maintenance once they are established. Check on your plants frequently over the summer to make sure they are not getting too dry, and water them (sparingly) if necessary. Sedum shouldn’t require extra watering if your area receives rain at least one every two weeks.
  • After flowering, prune the plants to keep their shape or confine them to a single location.
  • Advice: After blooming, leave upright sedum flowers alone for more winter interest. They will produce lovely seed heads.
  • To stop your plants from spreading, remember to divide them in the spring or fall. Divisions and cuttings root easily all summer long.
  • Sedum humifusum has stunning, bright yellow flowers and produces an excellent ground cover.

Do sedums prefer shade or the sun?

Looking for a vibrant perennial that can withstand harsh conditions and is simple to grow? Check out sedum the next time you’re plant shopping. These succulent plants are incredibly simple to grow as long as they receive enough of sunlight and have proper drainage.

All sedum flower, but the variety of leaf forms and colors is what will make you want to grow these low-water plants. Sedum comes in a wide variety of hues, including chartreuse, pink, gray, blue, purple, and multicolored. The leaves can range in size from the size of your pinky fingernail to that of a spinach leaf. They are the ideal selections for giving the garden a splash of color.

How to Select the Right Sedum

Sedum comes in two basic varieties: upright and low-growing (sometimes sprawling) varieties. Which one fits you best? What you want it to accomplish in the garden will determine how. In many perennial gardens, taller cultivars like “Autumn Joy,” “Matrona,” and “Frosty Morn” are essential. They get along well with other perennials, such as coneflowers, black-eyed Susans, and spurge, that do well in full sun and soil that drains well. Low-growing species make great groundcovers, borders, and container plants since they frequently have the most vibrant leaf colors.

When to Plant Sedum

Sedum should only be planted in the spring and summer, when the plants are expanding rapidly. Sedum are often more cold-hardy than many other varieties of succulents, but if they are not established before the winter wetness arrives, they will rot.

Where to Plant Sedum

Sedum don’t need a lot of water, and they benefit from at least six hours of sunlight each day to produce their greatest hues. In heavy, muddy, or high clay soils, they won’t thrive. The higher locations in your yard that drain after a severe rain will be better for sedum because low spots typically end up accumulating water. If your yard has both high and low points.

Sedum is not a succulent that does well inside, although some are. Simply said, they need an excessive amount of sunlight.

How to Prepare the Soil for Sedum

Spend time prepping the soil before planting sedum in the ground for the greatest results. To accomplish this, combine current soil and an equal amount of Miracle-Gro All Purpose Garden Soil. This will not only make your soil lighter—your sedum will thank you for it!—but it will also provide your plants with the nutrition they require for a healthy start.

How to Plant Sedum

1. Lay out the plants and gauge their spacing before you dig the holes (the plant tag will tell you how far apart they should go). Sedums that are shorter and more sprawling than those that are upright usually require more space.

2. Once the spacing is ideal, make a hole that is slightly broader and deeper than the root ball.

3. To give your sedum a good start, place a Miracle-Gro Quick Start Planting Tablet into the bottom of the hole. Next, cover the tablet with a thin layer of dirt.

4. Combine the soil as directed.

5. Set the sedum in the ground so that the top of the root ball is parallel to the surface.

6. Water sources.

How to Grow Sedum in Containers

Sedum are excellent plants for containers! Start by selecting a pot that is no wider than the plastic bag that the sedum was packaged in. When gardening in an area with a lot of rain, prefer unglazed clay or terra cotta containers over glazed pottery or plastic pots since they dry out more rapidly.

Fill one-third of the pot with quickly draining Use Miracle-Gro Cactus, Palm & Citrus Potting Mix, a Miracle-Gro Quick Start Planting Tablet, some soil, the plant, and more soil until the mixture is approximately 3/4 inch below the rim (so the soil won’t wash out when you water the plants). Thoroughly water. When the top 2 inches of soil are dry, water again. Bring the containers under cover if it’s raining a lot until the weather clears up.

Use a little larger container if you’d like to mix sedum with other plants that require about as much water, such lavender, oregano, rosemary, or spurge.

How to Feed Sedum

For Sedum to continue growing healthily and attractively, it needs a reliable source of nutrition. For optimum development, feed them Miracle-Gro Shake ‘n Feed All Purpose Plant Food a month after planting. Your sedum will be fed by this plant food for up to three months. It contains natural components including earthworm castings, feather meal, and kelp. Make sure to adhere to label instructions!

How to Deadhead and Prune Sedum

Sedum plants require little water and require little upkeep because they don’t require much time to be spent deadheading and cutting. However, there is a simple way to prolong the bloom time of taller varieties. Cut a couple plants back by one-third of their length when they are around 8 inches tall. The season will be extended because they will bloom a little later than the uncut plants. (Although sedum is mostly grown for the foliage, the flowers are a charming addition.) The wasted blooms can then be removed to tidy up the plants, or you can leave the blossoms standing for winter appeal.

The only time you’ll need to prune the sprawling variety is if they outgrow the space you’ve allocated because their purpose is to spread out. The trimmed ends may re-root and produce additional sedum if you scatter them throughout the garden.

How frequently should sedum be watered?

Newly planted sedum needs a good watering, whether it is in a pot or a garden area. After the plant has taken root, water when the top inch of soil feels dry.

Sedum can withstand drought and do well in well-drained soil. The best course of action is to give the plant a big, slow drink and let the soil dry out completely before watering it again. Stonecrops thrive under conditions of full sun and dry weather. Plan to water your plants every 7 to 10 days throughout the hot summers. Water in the fall and winter every two to three weeks.

Container sedums’ watering requirements vary depending on a few variables. An outdoor container may not require any watering, depending on the amount of rainfall; in contrast, an inside container will require weekly watering. In comparison to a small or shallow container, a large one will hold more moisture and require less watering. Until the water begins to dribble out of the drainage holes, give the sedum a thorough drink. Before the following watering, let the soil dry out. Checking the soil once a week is a reasonable rule of thumb.

Sedum spreads quickly, right?

Sedums can survive in less-than-ideal environments, therefore the author covers a stone wall with a variety of them (identified in chart below).

A creeping sedum may be the ideal plant for you if you want something attractive that can survive with almost complete neglect. Sedums show off where many other plants would be afraid to tread. For instance, they settle in the crevices of a garden wall or pathway, on roofs or the tops of birdhouses with slightly sloping roofs, or even under huge trees where their gigantic roots control the majority of the soil’s moisture. Additionally, they function well in borders, containers, and rock gardens.

Many gardeners have started looking more closely at plants in the genus Sedum as seasonal and protracted droughts become more frequent across the United States. The ground-hugging relatives of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy,’ which is well-known for its late russet blooms, are also gaining popularity.

In my yard, creeping sedums, often called stonecrops, provide endless fascination. Over the course of my many years as a gardener, they rank among the most adaptable, drought-tolerant, and simple-to-grow perennials I’ve ever grown. Sedums really require less work from a gardener as their area grows. These slow-growing plants, which are renowned for their propensity to spread swiftly, prevent weeds from taking root. Since they eventually just fade away, it is not required to deadhead the spent blooms, but it is simple to get rid of old blossoms using a string trimmer. They rarely contract illnesses or pests as long as they aren’t overwatered.

Even the poorest soil may support sedums, and small amounts of soil are really their preferred medium. However, the key to cultivating them is proper drainage. A sedum will be quickly killed by excessive wetness, especially standing water, which will accomplish what no drought can.

Even in the driest conditions, sedums practically never need further water after they are established. Sedums function admirably almost anyplace as long as they receive proper drainage, but they are particularly well suited for gardens in hot, arid regions like the western United States. They can also be found sticking up from boulders or sprouting from only a few inches of scree in cold, alpine environments where they are widespread. For almost every USDA Hardiness Zone, there is at least one Sedum species. The majority of creeping sedums can tolerate little shade but prefer full sun. Native to North America, Sedum ternatum is one sedum that prefers shade and a little bit more moisture than its relatives.

Creeping Sedums

Hardiness: The Northern Hemisphere’s Sedum genus has more than 400 species of succulent annuals, perennials, biennials, subshrubs, and shrubs. Sedums are commonly grown as creeping ground coverings. Each USDA Hardiness Zone has at least one species that can withstand it. Most thrive in Zones 4 through 9. OUTLINE: Five-petaled flowers in shades of yellow, white, or pink lie above mats of succulent leaves that range in color from green to blue-gray to reddish bronze. In the winter, the leaves of evergreen species take on colours of crimson and russet. PROPAGATION: From spring to midsummer, propagate plants by division or seed in the spring or fall. Plant in rock gardens, walls, recesses in walkways, and pots. You may also use it as a border edging or in sweeps on slopes. The majority of creeping sedums like full sun, although they can also tolerate little shade. They prefer medium to poor garden soil that drains well; once they are established, no additional watering is required. They cannot endure any amount of time in standing water.

The author’s favorite sedums

Except for S. ternatum, all of these exceptional sedums prefer full sun or mild shade. The numbers in the chart that come before the name in the image below provide a key.

First S. album

2. S.’s “Murale” album

S. divergens 3.

S. ewersii 4.

S. kamtschaticum (5)

S. kamtschaticum (6)

S. reflexum 7. (S. rupestre)

‘Rose Carpet’ 8.

9. S. sexangulare

S. spurium, “Fuldaglut” 10.

S. spurium “John Creech,” 11.

S. stenopetalum 12.

S. ternatum 13.

Creeping sedums change from season to season

Creeping sedums are attractive for their dependability and lack of fussiness, but I’m also drawn to them for their succulent leaves, lengthy flowering cycles, and, in some cases, year-round attractiveness in the garden. Sedum blooms often come in little, star-shaped clusters that range in color from white to yellow to purple to pink, and are no larger than an inch in diameter and 4 to 5 inches tall. The carpets of blossoms they generate when planted in large numbers are stunning. Many evergreen sedums, such as Sedum album “Murale” and Sedum stenopetalum, blush to a rich red or bronze color in the fall and even throughout the winter. These stunning contrasts to an otherwise inert landscape last until early spring. They look particularly lovely on a snowy background.

One of the simplest plants to grow from seed, cuttings, or divisions is the sedum. Stem cuttings or divisions will guarantee the maintenance of a plant’s traits once you’ve found one you like because sedums don’t always grow true from seed. Sedums spread quickly, yet they are not invasive. They are easily lifted and transported because of their thin roots. As long as there is adequate drainage, they may survive the winter in most planters and come out of dormancy in the early to midspring.

I complained as I pulled boulders from the cultivated sections of my father’s fields as a young child working on the family farm in northeastern Maryland. In a fitting irony, decades later I still wander the same fields looking for fascinating stones to use as backdrops and accents for my ever-growing collection of sedums.