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Overview

Sedum plants are a type of succulent that contain over 600 species. They are commonly called "stonecrop" since many grow low to the ground and may even grow on stones and rock walls. Sedum can be grown at the edging of a garden bed, in hanging baskets, or along the walls in a garden. Some grow like moss along the ground, while other varieties grow up to a few feet tall.

Step 1

Select a sedum variety that fits the needs in your garden: Do you want something at the edge of a garden bed, something growing over your walls, or a trailing variety?

Step 2

Fill each of the pots with the soil mixture, and push small indentations into the soil where you intend to place the cuttings.

Step 3

To take cuttings for small, fine-textured sedums, such as S. anglicum, S. hispanicum or S. acre, pull a small cluster of stems and leaves from the original plant, place them into your soil hole, and close the soil around the base of the cuttings. For longer-stemmed varieties, cut one stem at a time in 2- to 3-inch lengths. Put a few stems into each pot, leaving the top inch of the stem (and any attached leaves) above the soil. For plants with very large, thick leaves, take off a few leaves at the bottom of the plant. For plants with large, thinner leaves, cut the leaves in half so that the plant doesn't need to sustain the large leaves while it roots.

Step 4

Water each of the cuttings thoroughly to begin with.

Step 5

Place growing plants in a place with good air flow and plenty of sun. Water plants when they are thoroughly dry, so they do not rot.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not overwater your plants. Succulents do not need much extra water and should dry out between waterings.

Things You'll Need

  • Sedum leaves, plants or cuttings
  • Cacti and succulent soil mixture
  • Small 3-1/2 inch pots
  • Pruning shears
  • Small pots
  • Garden gloves

References

  • Sedum in the Greenhouse
  • Calflora Species
  • Sedum Definition on Brittanica online

Who Can Help

  • Sedum in the Greenhouse
Keywords: sedum, succulent, stonecrop

About this Author

Amy Hengst is a freelance writer, blogger, and editor in the San Francisco Bay Area, with expertise in technology, education, and gardening. She's written about computer networking, IT Security, and also maintains a regular blog about computer ergonomics and alternative health. When not writing, she's out taking photographs or zooming by on her bicycle.