Sedum or Orpin: planting cultivation maintenance and watering

There are more than 400 species of sedums and countless varieties. They are succulents in the family of Crassulaceae. Whether upright or upholsteringSedum or End is a badass. It resists temperature variations without flinching and braves the most severe droughts. It’s hard to resist this undemanding plant, especially since its generous flowering comes in a rich palette of colors and the foliage is also very varied, giving the garden a highly decorative note. Here is everything you need to know to grow a Sedum.

Planter un Sedum ou Orpin

The planting of Sedum can intervene in spring and autumn, excluding frost periods. Just do the following.

  • Dig a hole 3 to 4 times larger than the root ball.
  • Remove weeds and their roots.
  • Cover the bottom with a good layer of gravel to ensure excellent drainage.
  • Mix the extracted soil with one or two handfuls of river sand and a small handful of compost (no more because sedums prefer poor soils), just to promote recovery.
  • Install the Sedum in the center of the planting hole.
  • Reseal.
  • Water.
  • Lay a mineral mulch (vegetable mulch is not recommended for this type of plant because it enriches the soil).

No need to have a garden to grow this type of succulent, since you can very well planter un Sedum en pot the size of which should be chosen according to the species chosen, but overall it should be much wider than high. Garden soil can be suitable and we do not skimp on the drainage layer which it is absolutely necessary to cover the bottom of the container which must of course be pierced. Broken terracotta pots, clay balls, small pebbles are perfect. It remains to give a little watering can, and to cover the surface of the substrate with decorative pebbles or gravel and voila! Of course, we install the Sedum in a pot in a very sunny corner, but we don’t place no saucer underneath because the water must be able to flow.

Growing a Sedum

Stonecrops or sedums love direct sunlightsupport the hot weather and the vent. They like them poor, dry, even stony soils and adapt very well to clay soil as long as drainage is assured. The upright stonecrops are planted in flowerbeds, flowerbeds, along the path and the ground stonecrops in a rockery or on a small wall. All can find their place in an arid area of ​​the garden, too exposed to the sun and the wind to suit many other plants.

Anyone can grow one or more species or varieties of sedums, because they are easy-going plants thanks to which it is easy to quickly transform your exterior, garden or terrace. You can create beautiful colorful spaces thanks to their white, yellow or pink flowersand even when the flowering is finished, these succulents are interesting because over the seasons, their foliage of various shapes also brings colorwhether blue-green, bronze, purple, bluish gray or orange-yellow…

Do not hesitate to associate sedums with other plants just as suitable for rockeries or dry gardens and which therefore have similar needs as is the case of Saxifrage, Lavender, Houseleek, Campanula, Thyme or even Rockrose or Gentian stemless. Everyone can create the composition that suits them best to obtain a spectacular and highly resistant decoreven in spray and frost.

Maintaining sedums or stonecrops

Absolutely exceptional, stonecrops can live independently, that is, without special care. They are perfect in all circumstances and are therefore particularly suitable for people who wish to flower their natural space without devoting time to it. They are also plants well appreciated by gardeners wishing to go on vacation in summer without having to worry about the maintenance of their plants.


No need to fertilize a Sedum. It’s even not recommended because lands that are too rich do not suit him. On the contrary, it can weaken this type of plant.

Pests and diseases

Sedums are not not concerned by the attacks of parasitic insects. On the other hand, their leaves are coveted by gastropods. Fortunately, there are different natural solutions to protect your stonecrops against the onslaught of slugs and snails.

Regarding the résistance from sedums to diseases, she is exceptional. But note all the same that an excess of watering leads to the rotting of their roots.

Arrosage du Sedum

It is simply during the two weeks following the planting of the stonecrops that the must carry out a few reasonable waterings because this facilitates the recovery of the plants. Then, it is no longer necessary to take out the watering can since sedums are part of the famous camel plants which store in their tissues water reserves amply sufficient to allow them to withstand drought for several weeks. We must wait until their stock is exhausted to water them a little, but the few summer rains are more than enough for them. Note that potted sedums can be moderately watered when their substrate is completely dry.

Very fashionable because of the diversity in which it is available but also for its reputation aspuncture-proof in hot, dry weatherSedum is more and more present in dry gardens, rock gardens, in town and in the countryside, and ground-covering varieties naturally find their place on green roofs and walls.

Thanks to these imperturbable plants capable of growing anywhere, including in the interstices of old stone walls, any space can be vegetated without using a lot of water and without having to resort to treatment products since, as we have pointed out previously, stonecrops are perfectly resistant. to pests and diseases. It remains to choose your favorite species and varieties to punctuate your outdoor space with original touches.

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