Blue Spruce Sedum

Sedum reflexum, also known as Blue spruce sedum, is a succulent perennial native to Europe, slow-growing but very dense, and can reach 10 inches. It is an evergreen plant with oval and thin leaves, with a soft light green texture; these develop on a narrow stem forming little compact rosettes; they are fleshy and somewhat coarse. Despite being a plant that grows wild, it is highly appreciated in an ornamental way thanks to its beautiful yellow and gold flower bouquets beautiful flowering.

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These usually appear mainly during May, forming dense clusters filled with their tiny yellow star-shaped flowers. Its main ornamental uses include being used as vegetation to cover walls, fill borders, or rockeries. Thanks to its remarkable capacity to withstand such environments. Being a succulent plant does not require too much care, and it withstands drought very well. It is a plant that is not very suitable for growing in pots if proper care is not taken.

Blue Spruce Sedum is a surprisingly hardy plant. It can resist frost. It tolerates well the salinity of the soil, medium drought, and vegetates well in poor, well-drained, stony, dry dirt with a particular sandy texture. The Blue spruce sedum is a plant that grows naturally in stone landings or stony grasses and can be home-grown in habitats that simulate nature. We must plant it in siliceous substrates so that it adapts and grows healthy. Sedum reflexum can be grown in a rich and poor substrate in nutrients; this will not significantly affect its physiological development. The only essential thing is that these substrates need to have good drainage since the only danger that this plant will run is suffering from excess humidity. It is necessary to avoid the excess water in the substrate to prevent rotting.

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Weather Conditions

This succulent requires a sun exposure that depends on its climate, and its east is temperate; it can have direct and constant exposure. It can always be in full sun, and although it resists drought and intense heat well, we must be attentive to watering during spring and summer if it is in full sun. Keeping it hydrated during these times is beneficial as it stimulates its flowering and maintains its healthy leaves. It can also grow in places with a lot of indirect light, especially in more tropical climates. It is recommended to have partial shade during the noon hours. This plant’s need for direct light means that it can develop etiolation quickly; that is, its stems will begin to lengthen in search of direct sunlight.

This etiolation process can significantly affect the health of our Sedum reflexum and cause it to weaken. In addition to suffering from etiolation, this succulent will not present any flowering if kept indoors without direct sunlight exposure. These factors make us note that it is not suitable to be kept indoors unless it is in a well-lit room where it can receive direct sunlight for a few hours a day. During the spring, we can cover it with some light compost. This Blue spruce sedum is not a plant that requires pruning in the sense of the word. All we have to do is check our Sedum reflexum periodically and keep it clean of any wilted stems, leaves, and flowers.

When grown in tropical climates, high temperatures encourage stem growth and flowering to be much more frequent. In these hot, tropical climates, it has a steady increase, unlike in temperate climates. In these more temperate environments, its growth is a little slower; also, it suffers from a total paralysis in its development in the winter seasons. Despite supporting low temperatures well, if they are below 32°F, the plant may not withstand them and dies. Its ideal temperatures are between 95 and 77ºF.

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Watering

Depending on where it is grown, Blue Spruce Sedum requires moderate watering throughout the year. This request should be more frequent in summer and spring since the substrate tends to dry much faster, especially in full sun. During the autumn and winter seasons, where there are relatively low temperatures, we must reduce our succulent watering. Keeping the dirt regularly moist can cause rotting of the leaves, stems, and roots. So it is recommended to stall until your substrate is completely dry. Even leave one or two more days before watering again. We must avoid wetting the leaves, stem, and flowers directly at the time of watering, we only need to soak the substrate around the stem, and voila, our Sedum reflexum will be hydrated.

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Cultivation

Our Blue Spruce Sedum can be multiplied by merely employing seeds and cuttings. We must let the leaf or stem cut dry until the plant generates a callus in the cut area. When this happens, we must plant it in the recommended substrate and water it only when it is dry. These transplants should only be done during the spring since it is the most significant plant activity.

We must prepare a pot or a hole in the ground for the seeds, ensuring that it has good drainage to avoid any excess water. We fill it with the substrate, water the seeds with a prudent separation between them, and then cover it with more substrate and water. After fifteen days of planting them, the seeds begin to germinate. When planting the Sedum reflexum, we must do so with a prudent distance that is not very long but is not very close.

The ideal time to do this is during the months from October to February. These are good options, but thanks to the fact that this succulent produces abundant children, it is best to very carefully remove one of these “children” from the mother plant and place it in a separate pot. In time, it will grow into a mother plant and will have children of its own. This technique is the one of the fastest and safest way to multiply this succulent.

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Diseases

It is a plant that strongly resists many pests and diseases. Some cases are affected by a plague, such as cochineal, or by an infestation of ants. Still, it is easy to remove. However, we must be careful of pathogenic fungal pests that can rot their leaves and stems. We must take care of snails and slugs since they tend to feed on Sedum reflexum and leave it reduced to just a nibbled branch. Also, some birds find this succulent incredibly delicious and will attack it every time they can. We must be vigilant for any of these cases to act in time, change our plant’s location, or spray it with an insecticide to avoid further damage.

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