An Ambitious Sedum...

Discussion in 'Cacti and Succulents' started by doodlerjtg, Dec 27, 2006.

  1. doodlerjtg

    doodlerjtg Member

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    I actually found this place looking for information on a Norfolk Pine I picked up on the cheap, but was hooked by all this wonderful information I found on all the boards.

    My sedum question, this summer I bought one Autumn Joy Sedum having never grown a succulent before I wasn't sure what to expect, nor did I know if it would even like the microclimates around the house, so I just put in a really big pot. It filled it very quickly and aggressivly filled it. I am delighted by all the beautidul flower heads and their progession of colors, not so much with the bees it attracts.

    I was so impressed with how well it did, you can imagine my delight when I discovered it is perennial and I can cultivate the "flowerettes" in the spring from the new growth.

    On most maps I show to be in Zone 8b (DFW Metroplex) but just a few miles north is Zone 7 and literally a few blocks over is Zone 8a. We've had a warmer than usual season thus far with a few cold snaps. The worst of out winter is really still to come (usually early Feb). I was outside yesterday wrapping my hydrangea to protect the new growth triggered by a rather warm (high 70's) week (relatively speakin) just recently. I was floored when I trimmed the rest of my sedum in it's pot just a few feet away when I started trying to brush away what I thought was mold in the dirt. Only then did I discover I was seeing the tops of the new "flowerettes", at least a dozen and a half that I counted! So I'm concerned about the new growth, should I be? Should I protect it, do I need to wrap it, bring it, hide it from the cat?

    Despite being a wonderful plant that seems to be suited for this area , I don't see a lot of them in landscapes (I guess maybe because it has a decidely desert/southwest look instead of cultivated city) so I can't really get a good feel for how to accomodate this rather rambunctious little thing. Any help and guidance would be greaty appreciated.
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Should be no problem whatsoever. No need for winter protection in your part of the world.
     

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