Sedum Cauticola, coming from Japanese meadows, is a ground cover succulent special for its adaptability and versatility. Also known as Coastal Stonecrop, this succulent is able to bring the charm of nature to every home. It’s easy to care for too!
The leaves of Sedum Cauticola are small, plump, and almost spoon-like. These leaves are usually a soft blue-green or gray-green color. They can be pink or purple tinges around the edges. This succulent, fleshy nature is typical of Sedums, allowing the leaves to store water. When you touch the texture of the leaves, it is generally smooth and waxy, which helps reduce water loss.
The flowers of Sedum Cauticola usually show up with a vibrant pink or purplish pink. The flowers are small and star-shaped, which is typical of many Sedum species. They bloom in tight clusters, forming a carpet-like appearance when in full bloom. Sedum Cauticola often blooms in late summer to early fall. In addition, the blooming period for this plant is relatively short, a few weeks. Furthermore, these flowers haven’t been known for their strong fragrance.
The roots of Sedum Cauticola are typically shallow and fibrous. They spread horizontally just below the soil surface, which helps the plant take in moisture easily. Like its leaves, these roots also can store water, allowing this plant to withstand a dry environment. Overall, the height for every ground cover succulent, and this one is no exception, is around 6 inches(15cm). This sedum is not invasive, and you can easily keep it under control – which is why it’s perfect as ground cover!
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Sunlight: Sedum Cauticola needs daily sunlight. Provide at least 6 hours of bright indirect sun every day. It can tolerate some shade too, but too much can lead to leggy growth.
Temperature: Ideal temperature ranges between 60-75°F (15-24°C). Protect this plant from temperatures above 90°F (32°C) – too much stress can lead to poor growth and leaf loss.
Water: During spring and summer, water every 7-10 days during active growing season and once every 2-3 weeks during dormancy. Water the base of the plant and avoid watering the leaves – they store water already. Watering leaves can lead to fungal diseases. Water in the morning after the soil dries out.
Soil: Plant Coastal Stonecrop in a well-draining soil. As mentioned, too much water can harm the plant – too much water in the soil can harm the roots. Get succulent, or cacti mix and add some perlite or coarse for better drainage.
Fertilizer: Use a balanced fertilizer designed for succulents. Apply it once a year during spring.
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When new growth begins, it’s a good idea to prune this plant. Remove dead and damaged stems by cutting them. If you notice your Sedum Cauticola become dense, it’s best to cut old stems and overcrowded growth. This will ensure that every part of your sedum is touched by sun and air.
Repotting this plant is crucial for its growth. If you notice that your sedum is outgrowing the current pot he’s planted in, simply transplant it into a new, slightly bigger pot. A day or two before repotting, make sure to water it. The best time for transplanting Coastal Stonecrop is during spring and early summer when this plant is actively growing.
Propagation can be done through division. Remove the plant from its container and divide the rosettes. Plant them in well-draining soil and water them lightly. This process can be done with cuttings, too – get a healthy stem or leaf and let them form a callus. After a day or two, callus will form. Plant your cutting in well-draining soil and water lightly. Place the newly planted cutting under indirect sunlight.
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