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Planting Instructions for Sedum (stonecrop):

Bloom Time:  Summer and Fall Light:  Full sun to part sun
Soil:  Any well-draining soil Moisture:  Little extra moisture required
Planting Depth:  1/2 to 1" deep, mulch lightly Spacing:  15 to 18" for smaller plants and 18 to 24" for larger ones

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Bare root Sedum should be planted within a day or two. If there is a lot of condensation in the bag poke some holes in it to help it air out.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Sedum in a sunny spot in any good well-drained soil. Add compost or peat humus to enrich and loosen the soil if needed, but they are very adaptable to almost any soil conditions and some upright Sedum may actually flop if the soil is too rich. Remember to keep the soil light and airy for perennials, so cover them with loose soil and don't pack it in after planting. Sedum are salt tolerant and tolerant of extra snow cover making them ideal for areas along driveways and walkways where they may be exposed to salt and snow in winter.

Moisture:  Sedum do not require much moisture, even after they are actively growing, but are adaptable to many different conditions. They are very drought tolerant.

Spacing:  Plant thin leaf varieties 15 to 18" apart but most can be spaced about 18 to 24".

Depth:  Plant with the top of the crown, base of the foliage about 1/2 to one inch below soil level. The crown should not really be showing after planting but should not be too deep either. You can lightly mulch them after planting and mulch bare areas in the garden for weed prevention. Groundcover creeping sedum should be planted with the stems lightly covered with soil.

General Instructions:  Amend your garden with compost or peat humus to enrich or loosen the soil, if needed, however Sedum are very adaptable to any loose, well-draining soil and even thrive in a good sandy loam. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole if desired but avoid too much fertilizer as sedum are chemical sensitive. Plant the roots as listed above, then water in once. They prefer a dry start when they are dormant in spring and have no foliage. Once they are actively growing it is alright to give them supplemental water once a week or so, if needed, as long as the soil drains well and dries out between watering.

Landscape Uses: Sedum are great plants for adding texture and late summer/fall color to the perennial garden or shrub border, plus some even add nice winter interest. The groundcover sedum can be used at the edge of a border or retaining wall or used on a slope for erosion control. Clumping and upright sedum look great with ornamental grasses, Russian sage (Perovskia), Echinacea (coneflowers), tall garden Phlox, and other late blooming, sun loving perennials.

Some varieties of Sedum have a tendency to flop when they get older. This can be mitigated by avoiding fertilizer, excess water, soil that is too rich, and gardens that are too shady. If flopping still occurs then you may need to lift, divide, and replant the pieces a little deeper to help hold them up.

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