Succulents are endemic plants from various parts of the world and used for multiple reasons. Anyone can use it to beautify the environment, as well as help in purifying the atmosphere. They also improve the humidity of our homes and workplaces, thereby increasing productivity and even enhancing memory. These plants are unique in their rights and store water in their leaves or stems. This storage ability is the primary reason for the thickness of the plants. There are many succulent species, but for this article, we shall look at the Sedum Nussbaumerianum also known as Coppertone Stonecrop.
Coppertone Stonecrop or Sedum Nussbaumerianum
Botanically known as Sedum Nussbaumerianum, this succulent is endemic to Mexico.
It is a perennial plant characterized by low growth and beautiful rosettes. The leaves are long and fleshy, sporting colors that range from yellow-green under the shade to coppery-orange under the full sun. Thus, they are the source of the succulent’s name. These plants are the perfect pick for desert landscapes, as well as dish gardens. The stems appear rusty brown and multiply annually until many pups are clustered with the mature plant.
This succulent grows up to 8 inches tall, with short stems that hold rosettes of about 2 inches wide. When the plant matures, it tends to spill out of its container nicely. Finally, it is often said that due to the relative ease when catering for this succulent, only stones require less care and water.
Sedum Nussbaumerianum Care
When this succulent is grown indoors, it is pertinent to ensure that it is placed with adequate sunlight pouring into the house. This plant needs about 4-6 hours of bright sunlight daily. Pour lighting for extended periods will not be tolerated by the stonecrop. It will become leggy in search of a better location & resulting in the stunted growth of the plant known as etiolating.
When it is planted outside, the succulent needs a location that provides bright, partial sunlight. The Coppertone can also tolerate full sunlight but must initially be conditioned to such heat. This slow acclimatization would prevent sunburn. Acclimatization can be achieved by introducing the plant to the morning sunlight before leaving it in the afternoon heat. However, if there are extreme and sudden changes in the climate, the plant can still get sun-burnt and caution should be applied.
Furniture or sunshades designed for the plants gives shade to the succulent
The climatic conditions of the environment predominantly affect the watering needs of the plants. Even though these plants can adapt to dry conditions, they also thrive when given sufficient water. Gardeners shouldn’t water plants too much. Watered every 7-10 days during the summer months. When the conditions are more relaxed, the plant can be dampened by the Gardener every 10-14 days.
Avoid watering in humid conditions. This rule would also apply to people with inadequate light pouring into their homes, as too much water coupled with insufficient light would kill the plant.
The Coppertone Stonecrop can tolerate mildly freezing temperatures, but not for more extended periods. Thus, temperatures below 25 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit are not suitable for the plant. In areas that experience extreme winter conditions, it is best to grow the plants in containers. These containers enable mobility. In cases where the plants have been planted on open ground, it is possible to get mini-greenhouses and frost cloths to protect the plants from such conditions.
Like any other succulent, the Sedum Nussbaumerianum needs well-draining soil. A cactus-potting mix with perlite for added drainage suits this plant. Also, a cactus mix with coarse sand is appropriate. Sandy soil also ensures proper drainage of the plant.
Keeping the size and shape of your Coppertone Stonecrop is crucial to its overall health. However, this type of plant doesn’t require much pruning. What is important is that you remove any leaves and old flowers so that you can avoid any spread of pests or diseases. As soon as you notice any yellowing or browning of eaves, you may immediately remove them using your hands or clean scissors. Avoid over pruning as the main goal is for it to keep your Coppertone Stonecrop healthy and fresh.
Although feeding is not entirely necessary, the succulent can be fed by the Gardener to boost flowering. Feed succulents during the spring or summer months. It is best to dilute the fertilizers and apply them every two weeks. Garner should not give fertilizers to the plants when winter and fall months come around.
Propagation By Cuttings (Stem And Leaf)
This plant can be propagated by leaf or stem cuttings, although the easiest way to reproduce this succulent is through stem cuttings. After the Gardener cuts the stem, the stem should be left to dry for about a day. The cut stem should harden before it is planted. This stem is to be cut from healthy plants.
Once the cut is dried, it can be planted into a well-draining potting mix. The plant should avoid direct sunlight, and the soil should be moistened whenever it feels dry. After some weeks, the cutting should be fully rooted into the soil, after which one can switch back to regular plant watering. As the plant matures, it should be introduced to more sunlight.
Propagation By Seeds
Unlike the cuttings method, propagation by seeds takes more time. You can proceed with this by taking some of the seeds from your existing Coppertone Stonecrop. Sow the seeds in small pots with a proper potting soil mixture. Wait for a few days for the seeds to germinate. After then, you may move the seedlings to bigger containers. This will allow your succulents to grow fully. Don’t forget to place your Coppertone Stonecrop in locations with proper temperatures and light requirements.
Conclusively, there are a few problems with growing the Sedum Nussbaumerianum. These include:
- Brown Leaves: The primary cause of brown leaves is sunburn. Plants’ exposure to sudden extreme conditions, such as heat waves, can cause the leaves to become brown. The Gardener can rectify this problem by moving the plant to a shadier area.
- Soft Leaves: Overwatering is the leading cause of mushy plants. When this occurs, the plants appear transparent and feel soft. Thus, watering should refrain until the plant is completely dried. The Gardner should transplant the plant to well-draining soil If the soil does not drain quickly Root rot can develop if left in wet soil. It is advisable to cut off the dead leaves and propagate the left viable parts.
- Yellow Leaves: This could be a result of a cultivation problem. Check if the soil is always wet, meaning you might be overwatering your Coppertone Stonecrop. You may also check the pot as it might lack drainage holes, blocking the water flow. To avoid this, you might want to start repotting. Make sure you are using well-draining soil, a pot with lots of drainage holes, and not overwatering your Coppertone Stonecrop. Lastly, add coarse sand and perlite to your cactus potting mixture.
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