Sedum spurium grow and care – subshrub succulent of the genus Sedum also known as Caucasian stonecrop, Sedum spurium perennial evergreen plant used as ornamental plant can be as groundcover and its drought tolerant plant, can grow in temperate, mediterranean or subtropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 6-9 and with overwinter care in hardiness zone 10a.
Sedum spurium leaves and flower
Leaves color green, red, pink or more than one color, margin color can pink or white, leaf fleshy in spoon shape with serrated margins.
Flower color white to pink in star shape with 5 petals the flowers grow in cluster on stems.
Well-drained soil, better light soil and little bit mix with sandy soil and ventilated soil
How to care: Cut one a year and consider to put fertilizer at least once a year
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seeds / Vegetative reproduction – cutting can be from leaves or stems, cut in the base of the leaf will be better, possible to cut stems or in middle of the leaf, need to let the few days in location with shade and let it heal and dry little bit before put it in the soil, after this put the leaves of stems in the soil watering it with moist and don’t overwater also easier method it’s to bending a branch over and covering it with soil.
Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction? No, but it’s easier to start by leaf or stem than to start by seeds
Difficulties or problems when growing: Toxic for cats
Planting season: Spring in hardiness zone 6-7, spring to summer in hardiness zone 8-9, spring to autumn hardiness zone 10a
Pests and diseases: Slugs, snails
Pruning season: All year, but better in the winter
How to prune: Old leaves, bloom stems and for design
Size of the plant: 10-20cm (4-8 inches) height and spread as long as given
Growth speed in optimal condition: Medium growing
Water requirement: Small amount of water / Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun / Half Shade
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a pot, planter, flowerpot, containers: Yes, when growing in pots need to choose container that will be 70-150% bigger than the roots ball, choose container shallow 10-15 deep will be enough possible bit more deep that but no point, the pot need to be shallow and wide, size of container can be minimum 5-8L but bigger better and in order to keep the plant in small need to cut the roots that will be place to re-grow again, drainage of the soil it’s important, but after few years drainage of the soil not function the same so need to change it to new soil, and in order to have good drainage possible to use potting mix, cactus potting mix or sandy soil better to put little stone little rocks like: gravel, lava rocks or pebbles.
Bloom season: Summer
General information about the flower: Yellow star flowers with 5 petals the flowers grow in cluster on stems
How to grow Sedum spurium from seeds
Sowing requirement: Location with light and better sandy or well ventilated soil and also good drainage is important
Saving seeds and care until sowing: Dry and dark place in room temperature
Sowing season: Spring will be better but possible in hardiness zone 10a spring to summer, in hardiness zone 10b-11 spring to autumn, hardiness zone 12 all year, better in hot summer location not to sow in the summer
How to plant: Need to plant in light soil, with good drainage overwater will cause problem in germination
Planting spacing: 20-30cm, (8-12 inches) for plant directly and for transplant 2*2cm (1*1 inch)
Depth of Sowing: 0.5cm (0.25inches)
Conditions for seeds germinate: Moist soil but do not over water and don’t let it dry
Watering requires for Seeds: Small amount of water / Average amount of water
Germination time: 2-4 weeks
Condition of seedling: Light with moist soil and well ventilated soil