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How to Care for a 'Vera Jameson' Sedum

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Overview

Vera Jameson sedum, also known as Vera Jameson stonecrop, is a perennial shrub valued for its large flower clusters, ornamental foliage and ease of care. The plant blooms during summer and fall, producing pink flowers that accent the deep purple foliage. During winter, the flowers are usually left to remain on the plant to dry, as they add to the aesthetic appeal of the plant. Native to the northern hemisphere, Vera Jameson sedum thrives in zones 3 through 10, making it ideal for perennial borders and rock gardens throughout the United States.

Step 1

Plant Vera Jameson sedum during mid-spring in a location that receives full sunlight throughout the day and consists of well-drained, dry, fertile soil. Space Vera Jameson sedum plants at least 12 to 24 inches apart to allow room for optimal growth.

Step 2

Apply a two-inch layer of organic mulch to the ground surrounding Vera Jameson sedum plants to insulate the soil and deter weeds. Allow at least three inches between the mulch and the plant's stem to allow air to circulate and reduce the risk of fungal diseases.

Step 3

Water Vera Jameson sedum once per week during the first month of growth to help establish the plant's roots in its new home. Reduce watering frequency thereafter to only during periods of extreme heat or drought. Never allow the soil to become soggy, or the plant will rot.

Step 4

Feed the plant once per year using an all-purpose 10-10-10 NPK granular fertilizer. Water both before and after fertilizing the plant to prevent root burn and release the nutrients into the soil. Apply at the rate recommended by the manufacturer to prevent overfeeding.

Step 5

Remove dead or damaged foliage whenever possible to improve the aesthetic appeal and health of Vera Jameson sedum plants. Pinch off the leaves at their point of origin to minimize damage and prevent the spreading of any fungal diseases.

Things You'll Need

  • Organic mulch
  • Fertilizer

References

  • Sustainable and Urban Gardening: Sedum / Stonecrop
  • Maryland Cooperative Extension Environmental Horticulture: Sedum Production and Consumer Care
  • "Mid-Atlantic Gardener's Guide"; André Viette, Mark Viette, Jacqueline Hériteau; 2003

Who Can Help

  • USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
Keywords: vera jameson sedum, vera jameson stonecrop, care for a vera jameson sedum

About this Author

Willow Sidhe is a freelance writer living in the beautiful Hot Springs, AR. She is a certified aromatherapist with a background in herbalism. She has extensive experience gardening, with a specialty in indoor plants and herbs. Sidhe's work has been published on numerous Web sites, including Gardenguides.com.