Location and use
Succulent plants can be easily placed as long as they are guaranteed a light exposure but not directly subject to the sun’s rays, even in winter. It is advisable to repot the plants bought in the Garden Centres in terracotta or DIY pots, avoiding to use the small containers with which they are usually sold since they create phenomena of excessive drying of the substrate.
The greatest care must, of course, come from the houses located in Alpine areas with rather harsh climates. In these areas, it is advisable to place the succulent plants near windows inside, perhaps supported by shelves and special containers able to cope with future growth. The Sedum is particularly suitable for rock gardens or to be hung on pergolas and kiosks for the cascade bearing. Its rather rapid growth will give an overall effect of fullness and great scenography.
It is possible to provide compositions with as many succulent plants, perhaps with vertical bearing in order to create dynamism and a pleasant contrast.
There are no limitations to the cultivation of the Sedum, it can be without any difficulty, used to adorn terraces, small balconies or gardens. It is often also used to cover walls with obvious signs of wear or to mask abandoned corners thanks to its cascade development.
- The Sedum, also called “borracina”, is a very vast genus. The 500 species are spread almost all over the world: Europe, North and South America, the Mediterranean basin, China, Japan, the Himalayan area,…
- The genus Sedum includes a very large number of succulent plant species, originating from all over the northern hemisphere, ranging from small shrubs originating in central Africa, up to carpet…
- Genus of six hundred species of succulent plants with fleshy leaves, annual and perennial, rustic, semirustic and delicate. the rustic species are suitable for borders, for the rock garden …
- Many succulent plants root very easily; succulent plants, such as cràssula, echeveria, calàncole, can also be easily propagated by producing leaf cuttings.
Low cost design solutions
Have you seen the Sedum at a friend’s house and decided to use it in your own green space? You don’t have to go to a nursery to get new seedlings; you just have to follow some instructions to reproduce a new species directly from the original plant, thus saving on the sale price. There are two possibilities.
The first is undoubtedly the proliferation by cutting, from which we get future small plants by cutting the tips of the stems at a length of 8-10 cm.
The second possibility, often ignored, is certainly easier and more immediate. It will be sufficient to take a simple leaf and put it back in the damp soil with the part that was previously joined to the stem. In a short time we will see the appearance of small new roots and consequently the development of new seedlings.
Succulent plants: a waterfall of sedum: Compositions of succulent plants falling down
It is advisable, if the idea is to obtain a rich and colourful composition, to insert other varieties in the same container, so as not to have to intervene occasionally and create disruption to the growing plants.
Combinations are successful if, for example, they are combined with annual or perennial herbaceous plants or also used to replace any “holes” in the seasonal plants or spoils. The falling green bunches of Sedum will create a balance and dynamism with the flowers of other plants, really unique! Therefore, use it both for single theme containers and for mixed compositions.
One solution for a seasonal change of colours and shapes is to combine the Sedum Morganianum with the Sedum Palmeri. The latter, in fact, is characteristic for the chromatic transformations of its rosettes during the autumn and winter period. They will take on a reddish colour that will first develop along the edges of the plant, and then intensify more and more during the cold months.
The effect will then be of great dynamism and continuous change, until you get then in the spring with the beautiful flowering always on the shades of red Sedum Morganianum.
E It’s good to improvise and even invent new vases, perhaps by recycling old containers, fruit crates or paint cans. It will be original and very stimulating to create new types of containers in which to house the new succulent plants. It will obviously be a source of great economic savings and cost containment.
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- The Sedum belongs to the family of Crassulaceae and its origin is mainly north of the equator. This ge
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