How to Plant Sedum


If you have a rocky patch of ground where nothing seems to grow, or if you think you don't have a green thumb, give sedum a try. Sedum is a type of succulent, meaning that the plump leaves will store water. There are at least 400 different types of sedum, making it an interesting plant to collect in the home landscape. The appearance of sedum varies widely, with the only common factor being the plump fleshy leaves. Sedums can be found in shades of green, red, pink and grey, in sizes ranging from a low groundcover to 18 inches.

Step 1

Purchase sedum at a nursery, greenhouse or garden center. Sedum are inexpensive and widely available, although some strains are more difficult to find.

Step 2

Start the sedum from a leaf cutting if you have access to an existing plant. Fill a small planter with moistened potting soil formulated for cactus. Cut a piece 3 or 4 inches long from the tip of the sedum and poke it into the potting soil. Put the pot out of direct sunlight, keep it moist, and it should take root in two to three weeks. In about two months, the sedum can be transplanted to a larger pot, or it can be planted outdoors.

Step 3

Plant the sedum in a rock garden or flower bed. Although sedum can sometimes grow in partial shade, it will do much better in direct sunlight. Sedum needs no fertilizer and can grow in nearly any soil, but a sandy soil is best.

Step 4

Water the sedum in small amounts. Remember that a sedum is a dry climate plant, so it should never be waterlogged.

Things You'll Need

  • Sedum plant
  • Planting container
  • Potting soil formulated for cactus


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About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a longtime 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.