How to Care For Flowering Sedums


Sedums are tough, versatile succulents that will grow nearly anywhere except for very tropical climates or very cold climates. Flowering sedum varieties such as Autumn Joy, Brilliant or Stardust are especially lovely, and work well in dry, rocky areas, or along walkways or bordering flower beds. Flowering sedums aren't fussy, and once established, the plants will grow happily with very little attention.

Step 1

Plant sedum in full sunlight and well-drained soil. Although sedum will grow in poor, rocky soil, it won't tolerate wet feet, as sedum, like all succulents, is susceptible to root rot.

Step 2

Keep the soil slightly moist until the plant is established, indicated by the appearance of new growth. After that time, allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

Step 3

Fertilize flowering sedum once every spring, using an all-purpose liquid fertilizer or an organic fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer strictly according to the package directions.

Step 4

Divide flowering sedum in spring if the plant begins to look tired and growth slows. Dig the clump of sedum with a garden fork. Use your hands to pull the clump into smaller sections, about 4 to 6 inches square. Be sure each section has roots. Plant the sections immediately.

Things You'll Need

  • All-purpose liquid fertilizer or an organic fertilizer
  • Garden fork


  • University of Kentucky: Sedum-Stonecrop
  • University of Florida: Sedum x 'Autumn Joy'
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About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.