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How to Grow Sedum: The Complete Guide for Beginners

by Donna
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How to Grow Sedum

What is Sedum?

Sedums are succulent plants with thick, fleshy leaves. They produce nectar-rich flowers that attract bees and butterflies. Sedums are drought-tolerant and can grow in a variety of conditions. They make great groundcover, are sometimes used as an alternative to grass lawns, and can even be grown in containers.

Types of Sedum

There are two main types of sedum: border sedum (Hylotelephium) and stonecrop. Border sedums are larger and have showy flowers. Stonecrops are smaller and have evergreen foliage.

How to Plant Sedum

  • Border Sedum: Plant in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Dig a hole that is the same width and depth as the original pot. Add plenty of grit to the planting hole to ensure good drainage. Water in well.
  • Stonecrop: Plant in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Stonecrops can even tolerate poor soil conditions. They can be planted in the ground or in containers.

How to Care for Sedum

Sedums are low-maintenance plants. They don’t need much watering, especially once they are established. In the spring, cut back the old flowerheads and mulch around the base of the plant. You can also try the “Chelsea Chop” in late May to prevent the plant from flopping open.

How to Propagate Sedum

Sedums can be propagated by cuttings or division.

  • Cuttings: Take cuttings in the spring or summer. Remove a stem from the main plant and plant it in a small pot. Keep the pot moist and in a warm place. The cutting will root and grow into a new plant.
  • Division: Divide border sedums in the spring. Dig up the plant and carefully separate it into sections. Replant the sections in new locations.

Problems with Sedum

Sedums are relatively pest-free. The main problem is cold, wet soil. Make sure stonecrops in pots do not become waterlogged in winter.

Popular Varieties of Sedum

  • Border Sedum: ‘Herbstfreude’, ‘Carl’, ‘Purple Emperor’
  • Stonecrop: ‘Reflexum’, ‘Dasyphyllum’, ‘Spathifolium’, ‘Morganianum’


Sedums are easy-to-grow plants that add beauty and interest to any garden. They are drought-tolerant and low-maintenance, making them a great choice for beginners.

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