How to Root Sedum


Sedum is also called stonecrop and roseroot. This succulent perennial has fleshy leaves that are flat or rounded. They are usually green, gray or red in color. Star-shaped flowers bloom in clusters of white, yellow, pink or purple. Sedum can grow from 2 to 24 inches tall. Sedum's most common use is as a ground cover.

Step 1

Wash a small plant pot with hot soapy water. Rinse with a mixture of one part bleach and nine parts water to disinfect it. This will kill any germs, pests or diseases.

Step 2

Mix equal parts of potting soil with sand. Mix well to distribute the sand among the potting soil. This will create a good draining soil mixture.

Step 3

Fill your plant pot with your soil mixture. Tap it on the bottom to help the soil mixture to settle.

Step 4

Cut a branch of sedum about 2 to 3 inches long with a sharp knife. Choose a section that is not damaged, infested with insects or diseased.

Step 5

Make a hole in the center of the potting soil with the eraser end of a clean pencil. Push your sedum cutting into the hole. Gently push the soil up around the cutting to hold it in place. Do not water the cutting for 1 week.

Step 6

Place the cutting in an area with indirect light. Check for roots after 4 weeks. Gently lift up the cutting. If it offers resistance then it has grown roots.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not try to root sedums in water. They will start to rot with too much water. Sedums prefer dry conditions.

Things You'll Need

  • Plant pot
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Bleach
  • Potting soil
  • Sand
  • Sedum
  • Sharp knife
  • Pencil


  • Colorado State University Extension: Sedum
  • Colorado State University Master Gardener: Sedum, a Colorado Natural
Keywords: sedum, succulent propagation, stem cuttings

About this Author

Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." She has an Associate of Arts from Rogue Community College with a certificate in computer information systems.