Petrosedum Forsterianum

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This succulent is native to Western Europe and Morocco. Petrosedum Forsterianum is formerly known as Sedum Forsterianum. It thrives on cliffs and rocky outcrops. It is also a subshrub that doesn’t need much to thrive.

Scientific Name:Petrosedum Forsterianum
Other Names:Foster’s Stonecrop, Rock Stonecrop
Growth SeasonSpring and Summer Seasons
Preferred Temperature:Night temperature of above 13 degrees Celsius and Daytime temperature of at least 18 to 21 degrees Celsius
Hardiness Zone:USDA Hardiness Zones 4a to 9b
Average Mature Height & Width:10 inches tall and 18 inches wide
DormancyColder temperatures or during the Winter Season
Petrosedum Forsterianum Summary

Petrosedum Forsterianum’s Physical Characteristics

Due to its physical appearance, Petrosedum Forsterianum is often confused with Sedum Rupestre, but it is less robust, and the stems are erect in the bud. The seeds are oily and proteinaceous. Its roots are fine, abundant, and from annual shoots.

This succulent has branches trailing along the ground. The branches grow up to 8 inches long. The leaves of Petrosedum Forsterianum are green, elliptic in cross-section, flattened, and arranged in cone-like rosettes. Each leaf can grow up to 0.6 inches long.

Petrosedum Forsterianum produces star-shaped flowers with cream petals and yellow anthers in summer. The flowers appear in clusters on terminal erect and can grow inflorescences up to 12 inches tall. The fruits are follicle-like. 

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Petrosedum Forsterianum Care

This succulent does well if watered regularly during its growing season. It is important to thoroughly water and check if the soil is dried before watering. Petrosedum Forsterianum prefers full to partial sunlight. If placed indoors, ensure your succulent is by the window to get enough sunlight. Typically, Petrosedum Forsterianum will need at least 6 hours of sunlight daily.

You may mix coarse sand, pumice, or perlite with your regular potting soil to create a perfect well-draining soil for your Petrosedum Forsterianum. Naturally, this succulent doesn’t need fertilizer

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Petrosedum Forsterianum Growth

The best way to propagate your Petrosedum Forsterianum is through stem cuttings. It is advisable to propagate your succulent during its growing season. Make sure you use clean garden scissors to allow your cuttings to be calloused for a few days before replanting. This helps in preventing any bacteria from being transferred into your new plant.

Also, checking if your chosen mother plant is healthy is crucial, as it signifies if your propagation will be successful. By 2 to 3 weeks, your newly transplanted Petrosedum Forsterianum should have started to grow roots.

Propagation through seeds is also possible. However, this method takes a more extended period. Typically, germination could take place from 2 to 4 weeks. This succulent doesn’t need pruning as it even looks good during winter. Pruning might only be necessary when your succulent gets a bit leggy. Usually, this situation happens when your succulent is not getting enough sunlight. You may prune your succulent to maintain its shape and promote growth or a bushier appearance.

If your Petrosedum Forsterianum starts to grow bigger than its current pot, it is also advisable to repot during the spring season. Unfortunately, your Petrosedum Forsterianum will be attacked by pests due to overwatering. Check for scales, mealybugs, slugs, and even snails. Aside from overwatering, it would help if you also avoided overcrowding and a humid environment for your Petrosedum Forsterianum. 

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