Because of its ease of care and its plump succulent leaves, sedum is a truly enjoyable plant to have in the home landscape, where it works well in a border, along a walkway or in a patio container. Sedum is a tough plant that will grow in nearly any condition, including drought and even poor, rocky soil, as long as the soil drains well. Sedum is a cinch to start from leaf cuttings.
Fill a 6- to 8-inch planting container with a mixture of clean sand and perlite or peat moss that has been dampened ahead of time. Be sure the container has a drainage hole in the bottom. Set the container aside while you cut the sedum. Several sedum cuttings can be planted in the same container.
Use a clean, sharp knife or a new razor blade to cut a leaf from a healthy sedum plant, along with a short piece of stem. Dip the cut end of the leaf in rooting hormone and plant it in the potting mixture.
Put a plastic bag over the container and secure it snugly with a rubber band. If the plastic drops down on the sedum cuttings, it should be supported with small stakes.
Place the planting container in indirect sunlight. For best results, the room should be about 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure the environment in the bag remains humid, and don't allow the potting mixture to dry out.
Remove the container from the plastic and plant the sedum leaf cuttings in individual 3- to 4-inch plastic pots when the roots are at least an inch long. Use containers with drainage holes and fill the pots with potting soil for cactus and succulents. To check the progress of the roots, remove a sedum carefully from the potting mixture with a spoon, then replant it.
Put the sedum in bright sunlight and water the soil only when the top feels dry to the touch. Plant the sedum outdoors any time after the danger of frost has passed.
Things You Will Need
- 6- to 8-inch planting container
- Clean sand
- Perlite or peat moss
- Clean, sharp knife or new razor blade
- Rooting hormone
- Plastic bag
- Rubber band
- Small stakes
- 3- to 4-inch plastic pots
- Potting soil for cactus and succulents
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