Propagating Sedums


Plants are expensive. At garden centers in Nashville, quart-sized perennials are up to twelve or thirteen dollars. And even the big box stores and the plant stands outside our Krogers want only a dollar or two less. Three “Autumn Joy” sedums for a border cost as much as half a tank of gas!

Yet even the most amateur of gardeners can root a sedum, even without a flower pot. A styrofoam cup with holes pencil -punched in the bottom and  filled with damp potting soil are all one needs. No need for misting or for rooting powders; a stalk of sedum pulled from the base of a mother plant and nestled into the cup will root in two weeks. One does not have to keep the soil wet, either. Just put the pots or cups in a sunny window and water sparingly every other day.

When they are rooted, they go into the ground, even in August. Water them every other day for a week or so.

Sedums are tough. I transplanted one from a back garden to a front garden a week ago, and the plant does not seem to have noticed that it was moved.

The sedum in the photo is Sedum aureovariegata, a plant that goes from Nashville garden to Nashville garden , over the back fence. A “Pass Along ” plant that does not care how hot or dry it is.



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