How To Take Care Of Sedum Succulent

Sedums are a great choice for novices because they require little maintenance once they are established.


Sedums can withstand droughts but still require some water. They thrive when watered often from spring to fall. Water deeply, then let the soil air dry before adding more water. For the first few weeks, young Sedums will require additional water to grow roots. In many places, established plants merely require rain. When watering, avoid getting the leaves, stems, and flowers wet. Water your plants sparingly during the winter to prevent shrivelling.

Plants cultivated in containers frequently need more water than their equivalents planted in open soil.


Sedums typically just need a balanced organic fertiliser every spring. Feeding is not required as long as the plants are separated annually and given new soil.


Sedums in containers do need a similar amount of maintenance to those in gardens. When your plants outgrow their present pot, repot them by transferring them to a larger container that will better hold the plant. Sedum repotting is best done in the spring. Before starting the repotting process, make sure the soil is dry.


If Sedum plants are not going too wild and out of control, pruning is not required. After the winter, you can tidy them up a little by removing any dead or broken branches or leaves.

How should a sedum be cared for?

Sedums often fall into one of two categories: clumping or creeping. Clumping hybrids reach heights of 1 to 3 feet. Creeping types stretch out a few feet in each direction while remaining close to the earth. Both varieties have tiny, vivid flower clusters and succulent foliage. Depending on the variety,sedums bloom from summer till fall. The flowers are beautiful and stand out from the foliage on clumping varieties. A garden can become a carpet of colour because to the profusion of blooms that creeping types can produce.

Staking: Creeping sedum variants do not require staking. If plants receive insufficient sunlight, receive too much nitrogen fertiliser, or grow old, clumping kinds can become floppy. Wrap the plants in twine or a thin metal wire before they bloom in order to keep your clumping sedum upright, especially when it is blossoming. Additionally, clumping species can be planted next to other strong perennials, like dwarf asters, or in groups to support one another.

Sedums need less water because they are drought-tolerant succulents. Keep newly planted sedums moist for the first year after planting. They should grow successfully without any extra watering after they are established. In fact, sedum stems and roots can rot and die from getting too much water. Because of this, sedums require well-drained soil to remain healthy.

Sedums can grow on low-fertility soils with fertiliser. Clumps of plants may flounder and flower later in a soil that contains too much nitrogen. To maintain your sedums growing and blooming well, just add a layer of 1 inch thick compost when you plant them and once a year in the spring.

Mulching: Because sedums require well-drained soil, bark mulch should only be used sparingly as a weed barrier. To avoid rotting, keep organic mulches away from the plant’s crown. In rock gardens, sedums look fantastic, thus mulching the soil with gravel not only looks good and keeps the soil moist but also keeps the soil well-drained.

How often should a 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.

How are indoor sedums maintained?

Sedum is rapidly gaining popularity as an indoor plant. Stonecrop is tolerant of an indoor environment even in the worst circumstances. The sedum may survive inside with a little extra care. For sedum to thrive, full sun and warmth are essential. The hues in its leaf will pop with lots of sun. Avoid placing the plant near a north-facing window because it requires at least six hours of sunlight every day. Stonecrop will flourish in a container with drainage holes that allow the soil to dry up and drain effectively. The optimal environment for the sedum is a warm, sunny space.

Do sedums prefer shade or the sun?

Looking for a vibrant perennial that can withstand harsh conditions and is simple to grow? The next time you go plant shopping, consider sedum. 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 colours is what will make you want to grow these low-water plants. Sedum comes in a wide variety of hues, including chartreuse, pink, grey, blue, purple, and multicoloured. 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 colour.

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 colours.

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.

Sedum can it grow in pots?

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 centre 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.

How do I determine whether my sedum needs water?

Another typical oversight while watering Sedum plants is this. As a result, the plant may appear unhealthy and its leaves may droop. Wait until the top inch of soil feels dry before watering in order to guarantee that you are watering properly. The hue of the leaves can be used to determine whether a Sedum needs water. It’s time to water if they start to go pale.

Watering should be done in the evening when evaporation is least likely to happen in order to prevent underwatering. By doing this, any extra water will have evaporated by morning, and your sedum will be prepared for yet another day of intense sunlight!

In what environments do sedums thrive?

Sedums are wonderful. Such intriguing foliage that requires no maintenance. We’re looking more closely at sedum plants, their availability, and cultivation methods.

What are sedum plants?

Succulent plants are what we refer to as sedums. They can withstand drought thanks to their robust skin and plump, thick leaves. Sedums are a member of the Crassulaceae family and are linked to pineapple and aloe vera plants.

Typically, flowers are white, yellow, or a variety of pink hues. Five petals, arranged in a star pattern, are present on each each floret. Bees and butterflies can easily obtain the plentiful nectar through their large openings. The colour of the foliage can range from grey-green to a very deep green, and the shape of the leaves can be bean-shaped, flat, or round. It’s a fairly diversified species, to put it briefly.

There are around 400 different species of sedum, and each species has innumerable subspecies. In the UK, not all of them are able to spend the entire year outside. In this blog, we will examine the sedum plants that flourish in this nation and highlight TurfOnline’s superb selection of sedum flower mats.

Spurge of sedum. Beautiful succulent leaves and those breathtaking flower heads with numerous florets grouped in a plate-like bloom are both magnificent.

Where to grow sedum plants?

Sedums prefer well-drained soil, but as their roots are quite short, it doesn’t have to be deep. In addition, they enjoy sunshine. Sedum plants just cannot survive in extreme shade. They simply aren’t as joyful as they could be if the sun doesn’t shine for at least a portion of the day. They also dislike having their feet submerged for extended periods of time. They have evolved to survive in nutrient-poor, low-nutrient soil with poor water retention.

Sedums often grow in the wild in gaps between rocks, on mountain slopes, and in the Norfolk Breckland (where the soil is particularly sandy). Because of its bitter taste and ability to grow on walls and other ostensibly soilless surfaces, the Romans used to refer to them as “wall pepper.”

At the 2017 Gardeners World Live exhibition, the Serenity Garden. This wonderful calm pond is surrounded by sedum bushes. The foliage’s colour and texture are incredibly calming and unquestionably minimal maintenance. On the pergola, there is also a small sedum green roof, but it is difficult to detect in this photo.

Where do sedums grow well?

  • In a mountain trough
  • A garden of rocks
  • as groundcover vegetation
  • in plants and pots
  • bright window box
  • high above a bird feeder
  • on a green living roof
  • In addition to other herbaceous beds
  • the “dry garden”
  • up against a wall
  • In a drystone wall’s crevices

Growing sedum plants in the UK

Find out which sedum species are frost-tolerant in the UK by doing some research first (unless of course, you are able to protect the plants should we have a harsh winter.)

  • Sedum Acre, a plant indigenous to the UK
  • S. Album is another local.
  • Reflexum Sedum. Although not indigenous, it has been present in our nation since the Middle Ages when it was brought in as a salad plant. Although I adore the way the plant looks, I won’t be adding it to my BLT for lunch because it doesn’t taste well.
  • Spurium Sedum. wide foliage and substantial pink blooms
  • Orpine is another name for Sedum Telephium. a taller species with many diverse subspecies. In my garden, I have the variety with the light pink flowers and bluish-green leaves. It is regarded as a fast food place by my honeybees. They adore it to the hilt. I’d also like to get my hands on the purple-leaved variety.
  • Kamchatic Sedum Quite a mouthful to say, but a beautiful shrub with cheery yellow flowers.

I should have stated earlier how easy they are to grow and wonderfully disease-free all of these sedums are.

Make sure you have a sunny area in the garden with free-draining soil prepared for them (dig in plenty of gravel). After that, all you have to do is plant the seeds, give them some water, and watch them develop. Apart from a high phosphorus feed in the spring to promote flowering, they require very little maintenance.

For those who don’t have a lot of free time but yet value the beauty of living plants, sedums are the perfect plant. They work well for growing in inaccessible locations like roofs.

I think green roofing is fantastic. I adore how they appear, and I’m especially fond of how they could enhance air quality, lower heating costs, and benefit animals.