Can sedum grow in shade? This is one of the most important questions you might ask if grow sedums. Let’s talk about it in this post.
Sedum is a succulent plant that has special needs. One of the requirements for successful sedum growing is sunlight.
So, can sedum grow in shade? What I learned is that sedums can grow in shade but they do better in full sun. This means that they grow outdoor better than indoors. But this does not mean that sedums are not good indoor plants.
The success of growing succulents starts with understanding the needs and nature of the plants. This is true with sedums too.
If you want to learn more about growing sedums, just continue reading.
How to Grow Sedums Successfully?
Sedums are succulents with thick leaves, fleshy stems, and star-shaped flowers. These plants are a great addition to your garden.
If this is your first time to come across sedum, it is important to note that it comes in different varieties. All the varieties are commonly known for their hardiness, ease to care for, and ease to multiply.
Generally, there are two types of sedums based on their growth characteristics: low-growing and upright sedums.
As the names suggest, sedums can have different growing habits.
The low-growing sedums are those that spread and cover the ground. In most cases, they are only a few inches high. If you want some sort of ground cover in your garden, then this type of sedum is the best option.
Upright sedums on the other hand grow upright clumps with a mass of tiny flowers. This type of sedum is perfect for border gardens.
Like any other succulents, there are many factors needed to be taken into consideration when planting sedums. Some of the things you might want to consider are the time and the growing place.
When is the Perfect Time to Plant Sedum?
Although you can plant sedum anytime you want, but there is a great time to plant this wonderful succulent plant. The best time I found is in the spring when the temperature is perfect for sedum not too cold and not too hot.
However, make sure that you plant sedum in well-draining soil. Remember that succulents do not like regular garden soil because it retains too much water.
Good succulent soil is the one that provides drainage and aeration to the plant.
Where to Plant Sedum?
Although sedums can grow in shade, they grow better in full sun. Therefore, the place to plant them is in an outdoor space with access to sunlight.
I see some succulent growers grow sedums indoors. And the plants grow healthily. I think it is a matter of care that you dedicate to these plants.
If you are growing sedums indoors, you might want to make sure that they get their needs especially sunlight.
Always remember that if succulent plants do not get what they need, they start to develop growth problems. The lack of sunlight, for instance, causes succulents to become stretchy or leggy.
How to Plant Sedum?
If you are a beginner in growing sedums, you probably wonder how to plant them. Well, much like many succulent varieties, planting sedums only takes a few steps.
These steps are easy and everybody can do. Here are the steps you need to consider:
1. Prepare for enough space for the plant
For maximum growth, it is important to provide space in between. That said, I usually leave at least 1-2 feet of space between sedum plants. Space however depends on the type of sedum you’re growing.
If you have low-growing sedums, then you can adjust the space between the plants. Usually, a larger space is ideal to allow them to grow freely.
2. Plant the cuttings
The next thing you can do is actually plant the cuttings. Just put the end of the cutting into the soil and it will root on its own. With the right amount of water, light, and soil the cutting should grow.
How to Care for Sedums?
Planting sedums is just a starting point. You need to make sure that they grow well and thrive.
Here are the things you need to remember to keep sedum plants healthy.
1. Enough Amount of Water
Although sedums are hardy and can tolerate drought, they cannot last forever without water. The amount of water depends on the plants’ needs.
However, too much or too little water can be detrimental to sedums. Thus, make sure that you do not overwater or underwater your sedum plants.
Knowing the exact amount of water can be difficult. In fact, no one can tell you the exact water measurement.
However, there is an effective watering method you can use. I also use it for all my succulent plants.
What I am talking about here is the soak and dry watering technique. This watering method works well in all seasons and a variety of succulents.
This strategy involves soaking the succulent soil completely when watering. Water again when the soil is completely dry.
The excess water should drain through the drainage hole of the pot. So the other consideration is to use a pot with a drainage hole in it. If not, you can drill a hole.
A drainage hole is essential in keeping sedums safe from overwatering. Pots without drainage holes will store water at the bottom which will cause root rot. In the long run, this will kill the plant.
2. Appropriate Soil Mix
Generally, succulents do not like compact or garden soil. It is because this type of soil retains too much water which can only cause root rot to succulent plants like sedums.
Thus, you need to make sure that you are using fast-draining soil. This soil retains just enough moisture for sedums to enjoy. Not only it helps drain the excess water during watering, but it also provides good aeration.
You can make your own succulent soil or buy it online. If you are interested to know what soil I am using for my succulent plants, you can visit this page.
3. Sunlight Exposure
As mentioned, sedums are some of the succulent plants that love full sun. Although sedum can grow in shade, it is better if you can provide them full sun.
If you grow them indoors, place them in the place of your house that has access to indirect sunlight. Failure to do so may cause some growth problems to the plant.
Sedums love full sun but it does not mean that they cannot survive in shade. Sedums can definitely grow in shade. However, you will see them grow better in full sun.
Growing sedums is like growing other succulent varieties. You need to give them enough sunlight, water, and an appropriate pot.
I hope this post helps you successfully grow sedums.
Will sedum grow under trees?
There are varieties of sedum plants that can grow under trees. These plants are easy to grow and require almost no care.
How fast do sedums spread?
The growth of sedums depends on the variety. Some sedums stay small while others can grow up to 1 inch a month in their growing season.