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How to Grow Sedum
Growing Sedum in Your Garden
** Sedum is Very Easy to Grow **
Common Sedum (also sometimes referenced as Orpine, Stonecrop, and Live-Forever) is a common garden flowering perennial. They're commonly called "live-forever" because the succulent leaves will last for a fairly long time after picked. Roseroot is a closely related plant with the same qualities also.
The leaves make an unusual but tasty and crisp addition to salads. The leaves can also be saute'ed.
How to Grow Sedum - Climate and Growing Conditions
Sedum is pretty sturdy, and will tolerate most conditions. Sedum grows best in full-sun locations.
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Sedum can grow to be fairly tall, depending upon the variety (1 to 1 1/2 feet tall). Keep this in mind when selecting a location for them.
Note: Sedum propagates primarily by spreading root systems. If your soil is not loose, it will affect the plant's health and restrict it's ability to reproduce.
How to Grow Sedum - Planting
You can plant sedum at anytime in the growing season. Keep the soil lightly moist after transplanting.
How to Grow Sedum - Watering
Sedum is pretty hardy. Once the plant is established, you probably won't have to water it (except in extremely dry spells).
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Mulch around the established sedum plants to help the soil retain moisture (and reduce how often you need to water them).
How to Grow Sedum - Fertilizing
For best growth, in the early spring, lightly mix in a dose of complete fertilizer or compost to the top soil. You shouldn't need to fertilize again for the season.
How to Grow Sedum - Challenges
If the garden bed is kept weed-free, you should have few troubles with plant diseases for Sedum.
Some insects do enjoy dining on sedum though, particularly in the driest days of summer.
How to Grow Sedum - Harvesting
Pick the leaves as you need them. I prefer to harvest by picking the crowns, to encourage the plant to bush out.
How to Grow Sedum - Propagating
You can propagate sedum by splitting the root clumps, or by taking cuttings (and dipping in a rooting solution).
Note: My grandma actually took a few cuttings for me. We didn't treat them, only wrapped them in a wet paper-towel for travel. Then just stuck them in the dirt, and they grew just fine.
How to Grow Sedum - Preparing for Winter
Sedum's so hardy, there's really not much you'll need to do to prepare it to winter-over. Just as a precaution, you can trim it back, and cover with a light covering of leaves. (Remove the leaves in early spring.)
Note: the advice and information contained herein is based upon our experience and study. As with any advice, please apply at your own discretion.