How to keep sedum from falling over? I receive this question over and over again from my readers. In this post, I decided to talk about this and give some useful tips for you.
I have written several posts about sedums recently. But I did not touch on this question specifically. Many of my readers want to know how to keep their sedum plants in good shape.
So, how will you keep sedum from falling over? There are many factors as to why sedums fall over. The common reasons are overly rich soil, overwatering, and lack of sunlight. Reducing nutrients in the soil, less water, and more sunlight can help sedum plants stay in good shape.
Sedums are more resilient than other succulent plants. However, if they are given too much nutrient to enjoy, they tend to fall over when they bloom.
I don’t like to see it and I am sure that you won’t like it too. We want our plants healthy and in good shape.
How to Keep Sedum from Falling Over?
Back when I was started, this was a real struggle for me trying to figure out what to do. If you are reading until this section of the post, it is highly likely that you also have the same experience.
Fortunately, this post was created to give you an idea of how to deal with this issue effectively. Here are the simple steps you can follow to keep sedums from falling over.
Providing Support System
When the stems or stalks of sedums fall over, it means that the plants’ system is not enough to support the weight. Providing a support system can be a lot helpful.
Here’s what you can do…
1. Pound Stakes Around the Plant
The first thing you can do is to provide support for the sedum plants that fall over. You can do this by staking lanky plants. What you need are 18-inch wooden stakes and stick them in the ground around the plant.
2. Tie the Stakes
The next thing I would like to do is to tie a twine connecting all the stakes that surround the plant. I want to sort of wrap the plant with twine several times tightly.
There are many ways to do it. I suggest that you figure out the best strategy to support the sedum and prevent it from falling over.
Related: How to Prepare Sedum for Winter?
Replanting Sedum Clumps
If your sedum plants are three to four years old, chances are they form dense clumps. If this is the case, there is something you need to do to keep them in good shape.
Here’s what you might want to do…
1. Divide the Dense Clumps
The first thing you can do in this case is to divide the dense clumps into smaller ones.
2. Transfer to New Location
Take the clumps and transfer them to a new location. I suggest that you choose a spot in your garden that has access to sunlight for about 4-6 hours a day. This is perfect for sun-loving sedum plants.
3. Replant the Clumps
Now that you have chosen the perfect spot for sedum clumps to grow, it is time to plant it. Dig a hole where the clump will perfectly fit. Get those excavated soil and tamp it around the roots. If there are clods, break them so that they can be distributed evenly around the plant. Water the newly planted sedum clumps.
There are instances where you do not have to replant sedums. You can just prune the heavy part so that they won’t fall over.
Additional Tips for Growing Sedums
There are at least 400 varieties of sedums. These plants are succulents that have different features. Some are small while others can grow up to several inches tall.
Those that grow tall tend to produce huge flower heads which cause them to fall over. This commonly happens in sedums rich in nutrients or sometimes, overwatering.
The top-heavy sedums hold the huge flower but sometimes not able to make it. As a result, the stalk bends over. This is a common problem with sedums planted in rich soil.
If this is the case, the simplest thing you can do is to mix the soil with sand to neutralize the nutrient content.
The other thing you can do is prune the heavy top. When you do this, make sure that you use clean and sharp pruning shears.
Pruning can be helpful especially for those in low light. It will help sedums develop studier stem. The stalk will also become thicker and stronger.
Another reason why sedum plants are falling over is the lack of sunlight exposure. Like other succulents, sedums become stretchy when they struggle to get sunlight.
If you are growing sedums indoors or in shade, you might probably come across this issue. The best thing you can do is transfer the plants to sunnier areas. Sedums are sun-loving succulents so they need to have enough sunlight exposure every day.
Related: Can Sedum Grow in Shade?
Sedums are some of the most resilient succulent plants you can have in your garden. This is the reason why sedums are some of my favorites too.
However, despite the toughness, they still show some problems sometimes. One of which is the inability to hold the top weight.
There are many reasons why tall sedums tend to fall over sometimes. Some of the causes are rich soil, overwatering, and lack of sunlight access.
What you can do is figure out what causes the problem and resolve it. For instance, if the problem is rich soil, add some sand into it to neutralize the nutrient.
If the root cause is overwatering, adjust the amount of water. Lastly, if you think that the lack of available sun is the culprit, move the plant to a sunnier area.
Understanding these factors will help you keep your sedum plants in good shape.
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