Sedum Nussbaumerianum

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Succulents

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 that are unique in their rights store water in their leaves or stems. This storage ability is the primary reason for the thickness of the plants. There are many succulents species, but for this article, we shall look at the Sedum Nussbaumerianum also known as Coppertone Stonecrop.

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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.   

Light-Sedum Nussbaumerianum

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 & results 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

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Water-Sedum Nussbaumerianum

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. Gardener 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. 

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Temperature

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. 

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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. 

Propagation

This plant can be propagated either by leaf or stem cuttings, although the easiest way to reproduce this succulent is through stem cuttings. After the Gardener cuts the stem, it should be left to dry for about a day and should be hardened before it is planted.

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 watering of the plant.

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Fertilizer

Although feeding is not entirely necessary, the succulent can be fed by the Gardener to boost flowering. Feed succulents during 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.

Problems

Conclusively, there are a few problems with growing the Sedum Nussbaumerianum. These include: 

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Brown Leaves:

The primary cause of brown leaves is sunburn. Plants’ exposure to sudden extreme conditions, such as heatwaves, 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 be refrained from 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.