Sedum Palmeri, a succulent coming from Mexico, is a cold-hardy plant that you might have seen before. It’s present during every season. You probably saw it on a windowsill or apartment building – it’s everywhere! Why? Because it brings a natural flair and it’s easy to care for! So, let’s find out how you can take care of this beautiful sedum!
Sedum Palmeri Physical Characteristics
The leaves of Sedum Palmeri are lance-shaped. They have vibrant green color and their edges can become reddish depending on the amount of sunlight this sedum gets. They also store water, making this plant drought-tolerant.
During late spring and early summer, you’ll notice small, yellow, star-shaped flowers pop out. The flowers, like leaves, are also adapted to dry conditions.
Sedum Palmeri is tall compared to other sedums. Mature plant can reach height up to 12 inches (30cm). It can cover around 18 inches(45cm) of ground too, making it well-suited for ground cover, containers and even hanging baskets!
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Sedum Palmeri Care
Sunlight: Sedum Palmeri is beautiful when it blooms, so give it 6-8 hours of direct sunlight every day. It will produce flowers under shade too, but keep in mind that this plant is a sun lover. In order to see her vibrant colors and wonderful flowers, I advise you to try and give it a bright direct sun!
Temperature: Although it loves a lot of sun, the best temperature for healthy growth of Sedum Palmeri ranges between 70°F to 90°F (21°C to 32°C). Extreme heat and scorching afternoon sun can damage it. Also, during winter it’s good idea to bring it indoors. Prolonged exposure to freezing temperature, can be as damaging as extreme heat for this sedum.
Water: Water once every 2 weeks. Before watering, check if the soil is dry – stick your finger about 2 inches deep and, if it’s dry, it’s time to water. Avoid watering the leaves – instead water the soil directly. Water the soil until it gets soaked. During winter, it’s best to reduce watering.
Soil: Get a well-draining soil – it prevents the roots of your plant from rotting, by not letting excess water stay in the soil. A succulent or cactus mix is a great choice when mixed with perlite or pumice. For better drainage, you can also get a container with drainage holes, if you are planning to grow Sedum Palmeri in a container.
Fertilizer: When this sedum is actively growing(spring and summer), you can apply some fertilizer. Do so every 4-6 weeks. Use diluted fertilizer, and always water before applying it – watering before fertilizing can prevent root burn. Also, if you notice less colorful or wilted leaves, reduce fertilize use.
Repotting can be very beneficial for growth of your Sedum Palmeri. If you are planning to do it, water it a day or two before. Get a pot one size bigger. Take your plant out of it’s pot and trim away dead or damaged roots if there are any. Fill new pot with well-draining soil and plant your sedum. Give your plant some water and put it bright, indirect sunlight for a couple of days.
For better looks and health, prune this plant during every growing season. Remove dead or damaged leaves to prevent diseases from spreading. After blooming, you can also cut spent flowers to beautify the appearance.
If you want to multiply your Sedum Palmeri, do so with stem cuttings. Cut a 3-6 inches (8-15cm) long stem and let it form a callus for day or two. Once the cutting callused, plant it in well-draining soil. Lightly water and provide bright, indirect sunlight until your newly planted cutting develops roots. Once the baby plant grows roots, you can transfer it to a pot.
Commonly asked questions about Sedum Palmeri
A thread from u/DuperActionHero: “Only this kind of succulents are sick from few months ago, how can I fix this? I’m not sure but it seems like Sedum Palmeri. The leaf turned spotted yellow and eventually got dried.”
Answer: A lot of things can cause yellowing and dry leaves. Improper watering, soil that doesn’t drain well, not enough sunlight and pests can the leaves get ugly. Make sure to prune away yellowing or dried leaves from your sedum and follow our care instructions.
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