Sedum sp. is a small evergreen species that spreads by the stems rooting along the stems. The very small leaves are 0.3 of an inch (8 mm) long and wide. The glabrous leaves form tight rosettes at the tips of branches. Plant only reach 4 inches (10 cm) tall and spread up to 12 inches (30.4 cm) wide. I am not sure of the epitaph for this one, but I suspect that it may be a Sedum spathifolium hybrid. If any one knows the true name for this, please let me know. It is very easy to grow.
Blooming: In the greenhouse, the plants bloom in early spring. The very small bright yellow flowers are in cymes with 3-4 flowers per cymes. Individual flowers measure up to 0.4 inches (11 mm) across and are very showy.
Culture: Sedum sp. does best in full sun with a well drained soil mix. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 1 part peat moss to 1 part loam to 2 parts coarse sand. The plants are well watered and allowed to dry thoroughly before watering again. We fertilize the plants on a monthly basis with a balanced fertilizer diluted to 1/2 the strength recommended on the label. During the winter months here at the greenhouse, we move the plants to the cool room till the spring. Nighttime temperatures are never allowed to fall below 48°F (9°C). During this period, we water only enough to keep the leaves from shriveling.
Propagation: Sedum sp. is propagated from cuttings taken any time during the growing season.
Sedum sp. was featured as Plant of the Week March 28-April 3, 2008.
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