How to Split Autumn Joy Sedums


Sedum is a perennial flowering plant that's easy to care for. Autumn Joy is an upright cultivar that can be grown as a shrub. Blooming from August to November, Autumn Joy's flowers open in a lovely shade of mauve and turn a coppery bronze color just in time for fall. Divide the Autumn Joy sedum every three to four years or when the plant splits down the middle.

Step 1

Water the sedum the day before dividing. Cut the plant to within 6 inches of the ground.

Step 2

Insert a shovel or gardening fork into the ground in a circle around the plant, 4 to 6 inches from the base.

Step 3

Pry the plant from the soil with the shovel and lift it from the ground. Shake it gently to remove loose soil and cut away any dead leaves.

Step 4

Use a large knife or the shovel to slice the root ball in half. If the pieces are still large, slice them each in half again.

Step 5

Plant the Autumn Joy sedum divisions quickly so they don't dry out.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel or gardening fork
  • Large knife


  • Dayton Nurseries: Sedum/Stonecrop
  • Clemson Cooperative Extension: Dividing Perennials
  • Nebraska Statewide Arboretum: Divide and Conquer-Perennials That Is!
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