How to Plant Sedum Reflexum


Every gardener has a spot in their little kingdom that suffers from poor soil, relentless full sun or rocky ground. Sedum reflexum offers the perfect solution for brightening an otherwise hopeless region. Sporting chubby, silvery, green-fingered foliage and bright yellow, star-shaped flowers, sedum is easy to plant and maintain.

Step 1

Choose your planting site based on drainage. Sedum tolerates just about any soil type and is a willing inhabitant of rock gardens, but cannot live in poorly drained soils. Soggy roots are fatal to sedum.

Step 2

Till your soil to a depth of up to 8 inches to make room for root establishment.

Step 3

Remove weeds from the area that may compete with sedum reflexum for light, nutrients or space.

Step 4

Plant sedums 1 to 2 feet apart, staggering the placement if an even ground cover is desired. Firm the soil around the plant.

Step 5

Cover the area under and around the sedum reflexum plants with organic matter at a depth of 1 inch to retain moisture.

Step 6

Apply a 5-10-5 fertilizer in the spring to promote optimum growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Sedum reflexum plants
  • Shovel
  • Organic matter
  • 5-10-5 fertilizer


  • Cornell University, Allstar Groundcovers: Sedum relexum
  • Iowa State University Extension: Succulents for the Midwest
  • University of Missori Extension: Selected Groundcovers
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About this Author

Desirae Roy began writing in 2009. After earning certification as an interpreter for the deaf, Roy earned a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Eastern Washington University. Part of her general studies included a botany course leading to a passion for the natural world.