How to Propagate Sedum


Sedum or stonecrop is a succulent with green, gray or red leaves that produce clusters of small star-shaped flowers. Blossom colors range from white to yellow to pink to purple. Gold moss sedum grows only a few inches high and makes a great ground cover. Vera Jameson is a popular 10-inch variety with reddish-green leaves. Autumn Joy grows to be 18 to 24 inches tall with gray-green leaves. The blossoms begin as a deep pink then change to a pinkish-bronze and finishes as a copper-red color in the fall. Sedum thrives in hot, dry areas with poor, rocky soil.

Step 1

Mix together equal parts of peat moss and perlite. Fill a seed tray with your lightweight soil mixture.

Step 2

Mist the soil with a light spray of water. This will encourage the tiny sedum seeds to stick to the soil.

Step 3

Sprinkle the seeds on top of the seed tray. Make sure that your hands are dry, so the seeds will stick to your fingers.

Step 4

Spread a light layer of sand on top of the seeds so they are just barely covered. Mist with water and keep the seed tray moist while germinating the seeds.

Step 5

Place the seed tray in a warm area. Seed germination will take place in 15 to 30 days.

Step 6

Transplant the seedlings when they are 2 inches tall into individual containers filled with equal parts of peat moss, perlite and sand. Transplant again the small sedum in its growing site when well rooted.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not allow the seeds and developing seedlings to stand in water. Too much moisture will cause the seeds to not germinate and the seedlings will develop root rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat moss
  • Perlite
  • Seed tray
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Sedum seeds
  • Sand
  • Small plant pots


  • Plant Talk: Sedum
  • Utah State University: Sedum Species
Keywords: sedum, propagate sedum, seed propagation

About this Author

Karen Carter has spent the last three years working as a technology specialist in the public school system. This position included hardware/software installation, customer support, and writing training manuals. She also spent four years as a newspaper editor/reporter at the Willapa Harbor Herald.