Sedums tend to be incredibly popular additions to home gardens or landscape design concepts. This is because they tend to add beauty and grace to the atmosphere, while requiring relatively little maintenance or care. They are also long lasting plants. They look good from the moment they poke up out of the soil in the springtime, and they maintain their appearance all the way through the growing season. There are even numerous varieties that have a pleasant appearance in the barren landscape of winter, after they have lost their foliage. As an added bonus, sedums also have a tendency to attract helpful bees and birdlife, adding a little splash of natural magic to your garden.
There are numerous varieties of sedum plants, with an enormous variance in appearance. There are tall growing sedums that are excellent for cutting and drying, and there are also varieties that grow low to the ground, forming mats which make excellent ground cover. The taller types can grow up to about two feet, and the ground cover varieties can provide a great way to cultivate a pleasant atmosphere in your garden while also helping to prevent weeds from growing. It is worth noting, however, that sedums do not generally do well with foot traffic, so it is best to place them in an area where they will not be walked on.
If you would like to grow sedum in your garden, here are some tips on how you can be successful. Plant your sedum in well-draining soil. This is essential. Puddles of water around the base of your plants is a sure way to kill them. Sedums are succulents, which mean they store a good amount of water in their leaves and stems. For this reason, you do not need to worry about regular watering. In fact, sedums prefer for their soil to dry out between waterings. Usually, you will only need to worry about watering sedum after the initial planting, just before the ground gets hard in the winter, and in the case of severe droughts. Under drought conditions, you should water briefly every week or so.
While sedums can get by in pretty much any soil type, they will thrive in a nutrient rich environment. For this reason, it’s a good idea to fertilize occasionally. They do not need to be overfed with an excess of fertilizer. Once per year of granular fertilizer sprinkled over them should be sufficient. Less often if the soil is already fertile.
Mulching around the base of the plant with about two inches of mulching material will help to prevent weeds from growing around the plant and also will help the soil to retain moisture for longer. Be careful when mulching to keep the mulch from actually touching the plants because this may cause root rot or stem rot in the plant. You may also elect to use a layer of stones for mulching purposes, as this will prevent the problem of plant rot.