Sedum is a perennial plant commonly known as Stonecrop, belonging to the Crassulaceae family.
Sedum is ideal to grow in rock gardens as a groundcover because it is tough, hardy and drought tolerant. More than 450+ species of sedum are grown widely due to their fairly easy maintenance, versatility and outstanding drought tolerance.
They can be grown on slopes. See Scott’s article for more info on steep slopes.
Sedum is also kept as a houseplant, where it needs at least 4 hours of direct sunlight to grow.
This plant is adapted well to the climate; it can also be planted in well-drained soil and receive partial shade to full sun.
In spring, sedum foliage looks conspicuous, and in early fall much of it is adorned with beautiful flowers. During winter months, sedum plants have a vibrant appearance, and one added benefit is that it attracts butterflies too.
How To Properly Plant Sedum Seeds
Things you will need when planting sedum seeds:
- Spray bottle
- Heat mat
- Fluorescent lights
- Seed raising tray or pot
- Seed starting mix
- Plastic wrap
Here’s a step-by-step method for planting sedum seeds in your garden:
- Pre-moisten the starting mix with water and fill it in the seed raising pot with holes up to half an inch from the top. Make it firm by pressing down the soil in the container.
- Evenly spread sedum seeds about 1 inch apart over the soil surface. Cover up seeds lightly with seed starting mix.
- Moisten the top layer of soil with a water-filled spray bottle. To maintain a regular humidity level, stretch out plastic wrap over the seed raising pot.
- Place the pot in a warm mat underneath the container. Maintain a fixed temperature range from 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
- During the germination period, regularly shield the seed raising pot and mix it with water to keep it moist. Expect germination within 2 to 4 weeks.
- After the seeds germinate, remove its plastic wrap. Place the seed raising container near a sunny window so that the sedum can bloom more easily.
Alternatively, make fluorescent light fall at a distance of 6 inches over the seedlings. The light can persistently fall for about 16 hours per day.
Watch this video for a nice visual:
Follow the above steps and you should get your sedum growing very nicely. It can certainly look very beautiful when properly cared for. Good luck with your planting!