Features and exposure
The genus Sedum includes numerous varieties of rustic plants and for the most part perennials, suitable for both apartment life and the outdoors.
These succulents are endowed with fleshy leaves tightly inserted one to the other that visibly store the water and in particular, in the case of the variety Morganianum in question, have a hanging and creeping, cascading habit. The stems are 50 cm long and the leaves are gray-greenish. The very delicate pink-red flowers will bloom at the ends of the stems in the spring period from April to May.
It is a plant that is easy to grow and does not require great care, although it is important not to neglect its need for water supply both in winter and in summer. It must not, however, be excessive because it could cause leaf wilting and discoloration. It is essential to monitor the ambient temperature level; if it exceeds 18 ° C in the summer, it is advisable to move the plant outdoors to a protected place.
Location and use
Succulent plants are easy to arrange as long as they are exposed to light but not directly exposed to the sun, even in winter. It is advisable to repot the seedlings purchased in Garden Centers in terracotta or do-it-yourself 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 precautions must, of course, come from the houses located in alpine areas with rather harsh climates. In these it is good 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 cascading habit. Its rather rapid growth will give a global effect of fullness and great scenography.
It is possible to arrange compositions with as many succulent plants, perhaps with vertical posture in order to create dynamism and a pleasant contrast.
There are no restrictions on the cultivation of Sedum, it can be without any difficulty, used to decorate terraces, small balconies or gardens. It is also often used to cover walls with obvious signs of wear or to mask abandoned corners thanks to its cascade development.
Low cost design solutions
Have you seen the Sedum at a friend's house and have you decided to use it also in your green space? It is not necessary to go to a nursery to have new plants; just follow some guidelines to reproduce a new species directly from the plant origin, thus saving on the selling price. There are two possibilities.
The first is undoubtedly the proliferation by cuttings, from which future plants are obtained by cutting the tips of the stems to 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 place it 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 sedum cascade: composition of succulent succulent plants
It is advisable, if the idea is to obtain a rich and colorful composition, to insert other varieties in the same container, so as not to have to intervene occasionally and create problems for the growing plants.
The combinations are winning if, for example, they are combined with annual or perennial herbaceous plants or used to replace any "holes" in seasonal or bare plants. The falling green clusters of the Sedum will create a balance and dynamism with the flowers of other plants, truly unique! Therefore, use it both for single-theme containers and for mixed compositions.
A solution to have a seasonal change of colors and shapes is to combine Sedum Morganianum with Sedum Palmeri. The latter, in fact, is characteristic for the chromatic transformations of its rosettes during the autumn and winter periods. They will take on a reddish color that will first develop along the edges of the plant, to then intensify more and more in the rigid months. The effect will therefore be of great dynamism and of continuous change, until arriving then in the spring period with the splendid flowering always on the shades of red of Sedum Morganianum.
It is 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 represent a source of great economic savings and cost containment.