You can plant them. You can pot them. You can grow them. You can root them. You can cut them. You can divide them.
You can use them in your mini garden bed. Use them for a “green roof.” You can craft with them. You can even use a hot glue gun with them too.
Colorful. Textured. Hardy. Tough. Resilient. Fun.
With a long list of possibilities like that, what’s a crafty-garden-miniature-lover to do? :o)
Now That’s a Whole ‘Lotta Fun with Sedums and Succulents!
We’ve been having fun with Sedums in our miniature gardens for years now. If you know our work here at the Mini Garden Guru blog and Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center, you’ll know we don’t recommend just any plants. Our plants have to be tough AND fun – ’cause we don’t like to lose plants – aaaand we are SO NOT fussy! But with Sedums and Sedum cuttings, you can get a big-bang for your buck that will keep you playing for years and years if you know a “little” about how Sedums grow.
You see, as miniature gardeners, we don’t plant these Sedum cuttings all the time. We play with them and put them in our mini garden pots without soil to make “mini container gardens” for our miniature gardens. (If you can’t see just how obsessed we are from that last sentence, keep reading. Lol!) This is only possible because Sedums can last for a few weeks, or sometimes months, before they need to potted-on to a bigger place to root and grow.
Just mist the cuttings, pot and all, or sprinkle water on them a couple of times a week during the hot months and maybe once a week in the winter months. When they start to complain by getting a bit wrinkly (<~ technical term,) or if they are putting out too many roots, we can go ahead and plant them properly and they should grow into a full-sized plant after a couple of seasons. Just plant them in a sunny spot and let the soil dry out in between watering sessions. It’s that easy.
But here’s a bit more info for your arsenal so you are better informed…
What’s the Diff Between Sedums & Succulents?
So, what’s the difference between sedums and succulents? I’m glad you asked…
- All Sedums are succulents
- Not all succulents are Sedums.
Well, that straightens it out, no? Lol! :o) Let’s dig in a bit:
“Succulents” is an adjective used to describe how some plants store water in their leaves. They come in all shapes and sizes, indoor and outdoor, tropical and hardy.
“Sedums” is a particular family of plants that are succulents – which is why we can say not all succulents are sedums because there are other families of plants that store water the same way. A good example is our favorite Hens and Chicks plants are Sempervivens that are succulent perennials and are not sedums, but share the same characteristics as they are both “succulent perennial” plants.
When to Harvest Sedum Cuttings
WHEN – If you have a “mother Sedum plant” already growing in your garden, you can harvest sedum cuttings as you need them throughout the year. If you need a lot of cuttings all at once, that is when to pay more attention as to when to do the harvesting.
This timing may be different in your area so look for the new growth at the crown of the plant first – before shearing off all the stems. The main timeframe is in spring and, depending where you are, the plant could get another flush of growth in late summer or early fall.
HOW – But if you’re just clipping-off a cutting or two for a miniature pot, you can do that at any time. I like to clip the stems back where it’s needed at the time – if they are growing on my miniature patio, encroaching a pathway or taking over another mini garden bedding plant where I don’t want it to. Pinch or clip the sedum cutting stem off just above a new bud, or just above another stem so you don’t have just stem to look at when you are done harvesting.
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We’ve been serving the miniature garden hobby since 2001. We know what works. We know what’s fun to grow.
Maintaining Your Cuttings
Here’s a quick chart to help you maintain the tiny pots with success:
- If the leaves start to shrivel, mist it more often.
- If the leaves are getting too puffy and pale, back-off on the watering.
- If the leaves are starting to reach for the light, (grow long and spindly,) it needs more light. Monitor your cuttings closely at first, the cuttings won’t recover if they reach too much.
How to Store Your Cuttings
If you’ve found yourself with a surplus of Sedum cuttings or you’re working on project where you can’t use them up all at once you can easily store them for a couple of weeks. I told you they were resilient, didn’t I?
Just lay them out in a tray or basket where they can stay on the dry-side. You want to keep them out of the sun, in a cool spot. Sprinkle them with water every week or so – dependent upon the weather. Check them every couple of days or so to see if they need more sprinkles of water – or if you are watering them too much. (You can lay them out and dry them on a towel if you have them too wet too.) You’ll lose a few leaves towards the bottoms of the stems and they will eventually start to root, but you can still use them for your wee pots and crafting.
If you can’t use all your cuttings and are done with your crafting for now – plant them in soil and they’ll grow roots. They are easy to pull and transplant too, so no worries if it’s a temporary fix. I told you they were fun and easy!
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