10 Beautiful Flowering Succulents You Need for the Summer

For just a few months through the year, succulents will flower in the summer. The rest of the time, most of these desert plants are appreciated for their beautiful leaves. Well, when it comes to succulents, their blooms are worth the wait. They appear in a burst of color, different shapes and sizes, completely transforming what may have appeared to be a basic garden. If you want your garden to be a sight to behold during the summer and in some cases other times in the year, here are 10 succulents that you should nurture.

Aloe Vera

Most succulents are native to Mexico (see more here), though this succulent with abundant healing properties is native to Africa and the Mediterranean. The leaves grow long, slender and upright through the year. Then in early spring, spikes with bright yellow or orange flowers shoot out of the plants. They offer a delectable feast for hummingbirds, adding even more beauty to your garden. Aloe Vera comes in numerous flowering varieties, so choose a plant that matches your style.

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10 Beautiful Flowering Succulents You Need for the Summer
Aloe Vera plant all the way from Mexico @mosullivannyc

Christmas Cactus

Also known as the Schlumbergera, the Christmas Cactus sprouts lots of flowers when in bloom. These come in a large number of colors including bright pink, red, yellow and orange. Where most succulents flower at the beginning of spring, these will flower closer to the end of autumn. This explains why they are called the Christmas Cactus. They have one other characteristic that makes them worth keeping, and that is that they will often bloom more than once in the year. If they stay in a cool and dark place, then you will see more flowers out of them.

Orchid Cactus

There are many ways to enjoy succulents, and this is one flower that looks stunning when the plant is grown in a hanging basket. Find the most beautiful hanging planters here for your Orchid Cactus. The stems of the succulent are long, serrated and broad. The flowers are wide and bright and come in a wide range of colors. These include shared of orange, yellow, red, purple, pink and white. There are also some flowers that have more than one color if your indecisive and would prefer getting more for less effort.

Purple Ice Plant

This succulent is also known as the Delosperma cooperi. The leaves of the succulent are thick and needle-shaped. Throughout the summer, bright purple flowers that resemble daisies blossom from this plant. They normally shoot out at least four inches from the base of the plant creating what appears to be a purple flower carpet on the ground.

10 Beautiful Flowering Succulents You Need for the Summer
Known as the Delosperma Cooperi @lethal.red

Carrion Flower

Also known as the lifesaver cactus. This is a flower that is all about character, as it looks cool and funky. The flower has two colors a light yellow and brown. On one part of the flower, there are stripes, and in the middle of the flower, there are spots. There is only one feature of this plant that you need to be aware of, and that is their smell. They are meant to attract flies, and that they do. Thankfully, the smell is not too strong, so no need to invest in a gag for your gardening. A brilliant flower to keep indoors.

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Peanut Cactus

Large and vibrant, the flowers of this plant will stop you in your trucks. They come in two colors, orange or white and are quite large compared to the cactus plant itself. It is ideal to keep this plant flowering indoors as it has smooth spines, which makes them safe for children as well as pets.

Night Blooming Cereus

For a touch of adventure, you should get your hands on this succulent. While others flower during the day, you will need to stay up late to catch this succulents’ flowers opening up after dark. The flowers are white, abundant and thick. There are so many flowers that you may find it hard to see the stalks of the succulent when the plant is in full bloom.

10 Beautiful Flowering Succulents You Need for the Summer
Night blooming Cereus succulent plant.

The Desert Rose

With a delicate name like Desert Rose, you can look forward to a stunning offering from this plant. The flowers come in various shades of red and pink, as well as white. This succulent features a fat trunk and can grow to an astonishing 10 feet tall over a long period of time. In the spring and summer in cold areas, the flowers will blossom. If you happen to be nurturing this plant in a warm climate, then you can look forward to enjoying the flowers all year round.

See what succulents are the best for both the summer climates and winter climates here. Each different type of succulent has it’s own hurdles for its growth!

Ruby Ball

Not all flowers need to have delicate petals. There are some which are bright statement pieces with a totally unique look. That is what you can expect from the Ruby Ball. The flower actually looks like a bright cactus atop a stem. There are at least 15 different colors available including yellow, white, red and purple.

10 Beautiful Flowering Succulents You Need for the Summer
Pieces With a Distinctive Look @kaiaplaca

Prickly Pear Cactus

Seen in homes around the world, as well as celebrated by Baloo the bear in Jungle Book, this common cactus has brilliant, bright flowers. They come in several colors and grow at the tips of the paddle-shaped stems of the succulent. The colors include orange, yellow, red and pink. These flowers give more than just beauty. They turn into a fruit that is sweet and can be used to make juice, jam or sweets.

Whether you like rose-shaped flowers, the pretty petals of a daisy, or even the delicate bell shape of honeysuckle, you will find a succulent with a flower to match your preference. You can decide which flower you want based on whether you are keeping your plants indoors or outdoors. The beauty about these succulents is that even though most flower in the summer, there are some which you can care for which will flower all year round. Don’t rush to pluck them and put them into a vase just yet. They look their best when they are left to blossom on the plant.

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5 Best Outdoor Succulents

Is your garden looking ‘meh’?

How do you make your garden stand out from the rest of your neighbors? You could add a couple of gnomes and lighting tricks to make things a little different, but that can get tricky, tiring and expensive! We just want to lounge around watching our succulents grow right?

You’re in luck! Beautiful mother nature thinks of everything and has mysterious and outlandish plants that you can grow to transform your garden from drab to fab.

Have a look at the best outdoor succulents that are sure to improve your garden’s scenery and will most likely make your neighbor jealous!

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Agave Ovatifolia—Whale’s Tongue

Sitting as a solitary stunner in a decorative container, the Agave Ovatifolia is an evergreen perennial that will melt the heart of even the most lethargic of gardeners. Standing proudly at heights between 2 and 5 ft tall, this succulent boasts naturally cupped, broad leaves forming as a rounded rosette. The thick leaves on this outdoor succulent are grey to powdery blue in color, have small, sharp teeth along the margins and a long, dark grey, terminal spine. Get your own Agave Ovatifolia, here!

This succulent originally hails from Nuevo Leon in North Eastern Mexico and it is commonly known as Agave or Whale’s Tongue. The size of the plant can be determined by the amount of irrigation the succulent gets. Agave does brilliantly in well-draining soil, try our go-to potting soil here, and has minimal water requirements, mostly during the summer. Here’s a nifty little watering can you can use!

This slow growing plant will produce flowers only once in its lifetime and this is after it is more than 15 years old! Dense clusters of yellow-green flowers develop from a long, dark grey terminal spine and the main crown dies after blooming.

Agave is famous for being both drought resistant and cold hardy, making it an exceptional outdoor succulent. Place this plant away from traffic as its sharp teeth could be harmful to children and pets.

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Agave Ovatifolias @agaveobsessed

Sempervivum—Hens and Chicks

When looking for an outdoor succulent that will literally spread and fill the earth, look no further than Sempervivum or Hens and Chicks as it is colloquially known. With its origins in Western Asia, North Africa and Southern Europe, Sempervivum was planted on roof tops to keep roof slates in place as well as to protect from lightening and fire. Looking through Air BnB, you will certainly find some old European cottages that still have Hens and Chicks on the roof.

This low growing plant propagates via offsets, with the parent rosettes or ‘mother’ plant referred to as ‘hens’ and the offsets that spring from them referred to as ‘chicks’. The succulent takes on the form of a compact rosette and boasts thick, fleshy leaves that grow alternately from a central point, check it out here, from Amazon!

Sempervivum reproduces with wild abandon, and its cold tolerance and hardiness make it a survivor under the most unpleasant circumstances. They have been known to survive in Michigan and Colorado where temperatures have dropped to -34°C!

There are over 40 different species of cultivars that have been developed from the genus Sempervivum, and these can be differentiated by color. Some examples are the Terracotta Baby that has orangey-red foliage, the Bernstein that has copper leaves with sprinkles of gold and Big Blue that has bluish-green leaves. Whatever your preference, there is definitely a Hens and Chicks species to suit your landscape needs and outdoor succulents desire.

For a more in-depth look and the proper care for the Hens and Chicks succulent, head over to our article How to Grow Hens and Chicks Succulents now!

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Hens and Chicks @succulentsoflosfeliz

Senecio Mandraliscae—Blue Chalk Sticks

The Senecio Mandraliscae is also referred to as Blue Chalk Sticks or Blue Finger, and true to its name, it has silvery blue, pencil-like fleshy leaves that grow between 2 and 4 inches long. This exotic native of South Africa resembles a sea urchin and looks fantastic as ground cover, especially when in contrast with other plants. Get your own Blue Chalk Sticks succulent, here, from Amazon.

The leaves of this succulent have a waxy, white coat that helps protect it from hot, dry conditions, perfect for an outdoor succulent. Blue Chalk Sticks produce small, white flowers in the middle of summer. It enjoys areas where there is full sunshine or light shade. Give your Blue Chalk Sticks a beautiful, blue home in these pots. They’ll contrast beautifully together!

This plant can grow between 12 and 18 inches tall and creates a thick mat that forms from the ground with its leaves facing up. As a drought-tolerant succulent, Blue Chalk Sticks can survive for long periods without water.

You can tell that they are dying of thirst when the leaves start to wilt and shrink. Like most succulents, Blue Chalk Sticks prefer to be watered only when the soil is completely dry.

Think you may have over-watered your succulent and concerned about rotting? Check out our article “Why is My Succulent Rotting?” to see what you can do to save your succulent baby.

This succulent not only adds aesthetic value to rock gardens, boarders or terrariums, but word on the gardening- grapevine is that it is also known to be fire resistant.

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Blue Chalk Sticks @succulentnz

Pachycereus Marginatus—Mexican Fence Post Cactus

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Making a strong vertical statement where ever it appears, the Mexican Fence Post Cactus is truly a sight to behold. This outdoor succulent is amply named after Mexican villagers used it to construct a living fence, especially along the roads. Talk about the perfect outdoor succulent, with protective features!

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It shoots straight up from the ground, and unlike other cacti varieties, the Mexican Fence Post does not grow arms. Instead, its little ones (offshoots) grow right next to the ‘parent’ but vertically, similar to a pipe organ. The ‘post’ has 4 to 6 symmetrical ridges with rows of small, white thorns that (from a distance) make the succulent look like it has white stripes.

This handsome cactus can reach up to 20 feet tall, and develops faster with supplemental irrigation. (Unless you have a 20ft ceiling, this succulent might only be an outdoor succulent). During spring time, this succulent produces showy, pinkish-red flowers that further develop into red fruits with black seeds. Get your own Mexican Fence Post Cactus, here!

Being such a popular character, the Pachycereus Marginatus also goes by the names Central Mexico Pipe Organ, Organ Pipe Cactus and Organo.

It’s pretty clear from the name that this plant originates from… yeah; you guessed it, Central Mexico!

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Mexican Fence Post Cacti standing tall @stevevonsteen

Echinocactus Grusonii – Golden Barrel Cactus

Have you heard about the succulent that desert travelers used as a compass? Allow us to introduce you to Echinocactus Grusonii, commonly known as the Golden Barrel Cactus. This whimsical plant is sometimes referred to as the Golden Ball Cactus or Mother-in-law’s cushion.

Spherical in shape, the Golden Barrel Cactus has ribs around it that are covered with hooked yellow spines. The spines may be slightly curved or straight and occasionally appear white in color.  The plant has a wooly, thick, hairy mat at the top that produces yellow, cup shaped flowers.  The cactus may reach a height of up to 1 meter and has a life span of 30 years. Only mature species produce flowers when grown outdoors with full exposure to the sun.

As the plant grows older, it starts to take more of an oblong shape, leaning to the south or south west, hence the compass theory. This succulent is a full sun worshiper and has a tendency to suddenly rot away when in low light environments.

If you are hoping to stand out in your neighborhood, this is the perfect plant to create a striking statement. Whether planted in groups, in a quirky container or alongside rocks, Golden Barrel Cactus definitely attracts attention wherever it grows. Ready to buy your own? Get it on Amazon, here!

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Golden Barrel Cacti @designs4seasons

These are just a snippet of the different varieties of succulents that you can grow outdoors and at the same time, be different from the rest of the landscapes around you!

Which ones are you excited to plant? We think the Mexican Fence Post Cactus will surely add some unique vibes to our gardens!

Before you go out and buy all of these succulents (because who are we kidding— they’re all awesome), check out our guides to help you ensure you get the most out of your new outdoor plants! Check out When You Should Water Your Succulents, How to Propagate Your Succulents Successfully, and How to Get Rid of Mealy Bugs.

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Top 7 Succulents You Need in Your Succulent Garden

If you have a gut feeling that something “different” is missing in your succulent garden, then it’s probably true. Some fat plant gardens aren’t just complete without certain outdoor succulent varieties.

Outdoor succulents are a perfect fit for busy gardeners who might not be able to devote much time to maintenance but equally want to enjoy their outdoor spaces. Not only are these plants low maintenance, but their quirky and unusual looks add that wow factor to your garden.

The following succulents are a must-have in any succulent garden.

The Ghost Plant— Graptopetalum Paraguayense

Graptopetalum paraguayense the ghost plant
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The ghost plant is one beautiful succulent with a mysterious past.

It’s a real survivor and can withstand the harsh outdoor weather conditions. Fortunately, there’s nothing ghostly with this succulent and was probably named so due to its grayish white leaves. Although the specie’s name denotes that this succulent comes from Paraguay, its real native home is Mexico.

The plant grows in neatly arranged rosettes of plump, pointed leaves almost resembling an Echeveria.  The leaves are brittle and often fall off easily if disturbed. Graptopetalum paraguayense behaves like a chameleon. Its color is highly dependent on the amount of light it receives. When grown in partial shade, it’s gray-blue in color while in full sun, its color changes to pinkish gray or yellow.

The ghost plant blooms in spring or summer producing dainty star-shaped yellow flowers on the tips of the rosettes.

Growing a Graptopetalum is quite a snap. They only need well-draining soil, a bit of water and lots of sunshine. They’re cold hardy and can survive the worst frost.

They are easily propagated via beheading or leaf cuttings which bring forth buds a few weeks after they’re calloused. Ghost plants can be grown as cascade succulents or ground cover plants in your garden. Just don’t walk on them.

Hens and Chicks— Sempervivum Tectorum

Hens and chicks sempervivum tectorum succulent plant
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Sempervivum tectorum, also known as houseleek hails from Europe where it is commonly grown on house roofs of cottages. Roofs of cottages? That’s right.

Apparently, folklore has it that hen and chicks planted on your roof will shield your home from fire, lightning as well as hold those roof slates together.

With such a history, hen and chicks would definitely perform pretty well when grown outdoors. Sempervivum grows in compact rosettes with fleshy, thick leaves which are often tinged with red color at the tips.

Blooming is quite rare in houseleeks, but when it happens, the flowers are small, scentless, yellow or pink in color which grow on a stalk emerging from the plant’s center. Once the plant blooms, the “hen” dies and fades away leaving plenty of chicks for its replacement.

Their native habitats are rocky and so they require soil with high draining capabilities. Commercial cacti mix fortified with perlite will get the job done. Any commercial perlite like this will get the job done. These sun lovers prefer full sun or partial shade. Hen and chicks are drought-resistant so avoid overwatering them to prevent root rot.

Propagation is simple. Just pluck out a chick, pot it and you’re done. (Check out our article for propagating successfully if you want to learn more). Hen and chicks forms a neat mat on the ground when grown outdoors.

Aeonium Kiwi— Aeonium Haworthii

Aeonium kiwi haworthii succulent plant
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Aeonium kiwi is an easy to grow succulent with a luscious look. It comes in different shades and may be chartreuse, cream or red. Also known as dream color or pinwheel, the kiwi succulent is quite showy with rosettes having fleshy, spoon shaped leaves awesomely colored. The leaves in the middle of the rosette are pale yellow progressively turning green on the outside. The edges are red making the plant drop dead gorgeous.

Aeonium kiwi can do well in the poorest of soils as long it has good drainage. Water deeply and let the soil to dry out before doing so again. They prefer growing in partial shade although they don’t mind some bright sun for a few hours.

Unlike most succulents, Aenium kiwi actively grows in winter and spring. They may go dormant during summer and you may recognize this once their leaves curl in. This is also the time they bloom by producing yellow flowers.

Mexican Rose— Echeveria Elegans

Mexican rose echeveria elegans succulent plant
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Echeveria elegans is a stemless, ever green perennial with fleshy gray blue leaves that grow closely forming neat, tight rosettes. As the plant grows, it forms a carpet effect by continuously producing new baby offsets.

Native to Mexico and central America, the Mexican rose blooms in spring producing slender stalks carrying pink flowers with yellow tips.

These cute plants prefer full sun or partial shade when grown outdoors. They form neat ground cover on gardens or landscapes. The soil needs to be well-draining to avoid problems related to damp soil. Water once a week or even less depending on the climate of your environment. Echeveria elegans stores water in it leaves and will quickly rot if given too much water.

Living Stone— Lithops

Living stone lithops sucuclent plants
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Lithops are tiny succulents that resemble pebbles and normally grow in arid areas. Native to Southern Africa, locals call them “sheep hooves” because of their hoof-like appearance.

Lithops don’t have a true stem. They’re composed of two concaved leaves which emanate from a tap root. The roots are longer than the actual plant and can grow six inches deep. They’re generally slow growers and may take some time to produce new leaves.

You know what that means? You can have them in cute small planter even a coffee mug works well for the initial growth.

They thrive on rocky soil with minimum organic matter. Lithops will quickly perish if overwatered as they’re adapted to arid conditions. They love bright sunlight and can still do well in partial shade. They’re dormant during summer so avoid watering during this time.

Propagation by leaf or stem cutting is impossible as they only have two leaves. The best way to get more plants is by growing lithops from seeds.

The Zebra Plant— Haworthia Fasciata

Succulents you need in your garden
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It’s a slow growing succulent, with erect, green leaves streaked in white resembling a Zebra. It is native to South Africa and literally thrives on neglect.

The zebra plant produces teensy, white or pink flowers that appear on a thin tall stem known as an inflorescence.

It blends perfectly well with other succulents when grown outdoors due to its undemanding nature. Well-draining soil, full sun and watering once a week and you’re good to go!

If you’re planning to have this zebra plant in your home there are tons of planters you can find like this modern planter here.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera succulent plant
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This is a popular, stemless and midsized perennial succulent, forming rosettes with its leaves growing in alternate layers. The leaves emanate from the center and are thick, fleshy and lanceolate. They contain a green gel which is medicinal and has a horde of other uses.

Growing an aloe vera is pretty straightforward. Only feed them water when the soil completely dries out. Use well-draining cacti mix to avoid damp soil. Aloe vera prefers bright sunlight and can endure the heat of summer.


Which one will you choose for your garden? Or how many of these do you already have for your garden? Let us know in the comments below which one is your favorite.

Personally, you can never go wrong with any aloe vera plant, just look at that mesmerizing growth they have above! Anyways, share with your fellow succulent garden lovers and don’t forget, happy planting!


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Sedum Spurium ‘Roseum’ Plants— the Perfect Addition to Your Garden

Sedum Spurium ‘Roseum’ plants are a beautiful addition to any garden. They have bright green scalloped leaves and pale pink flowers shaped like stars. They grow quickly compared to other succulents, so they’re often used as ground cover. They’ll bring any bare areas of your garden to life with their vibrant green foliage.

These plants may look dainty, but they’re actually quite hardy. They can survive in poor soil conditions and below freezing temperatures. They can even tolerate droughts that last several months, though we don’t recommend depriving them of water for that long!

If you’d like to learn more about this beautiful on the outside, tough on the inside succulent, then keep reading!

Sedum Spurium ‘Roseum’ Succulent Plant

Sedum Spurium plants are native to the Caucasus, a mountainous region between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea, as well as Iran and Turkey.

Sedum Spurium plants are part of the genus Sedum. Sedum is derived from the Latin word “sedeo” which means to sit. Sedums got this name because of one of their most common growth patterns. Many Sedums grow or “sit” on top of objects like rocks. This Sedum is also called two row stonecrop and Caucasian stonecrop.

Sedum Spurium ‘Roseum’ plants, the type of succulent that we’re going to talk about today, are a cultivar of the Sedum Spurium. Cultivars are sort of like plant varieties, except for the fact that they were bred by humans and aren’t found in nature. Some cultivars are a hybrid of two different species of plants. Others started out as a mutated plant that humans continued to breed because they liked its characteristics.

Single quotes are placed around the third word in a cultivar’s name to indicate that it’s a cultivated variety. That naming convention is a little clunky, so we’re probably going to refer to this plant as the Roseum plant from here on out. Roseum plants are also called rose stonecrops because of their pink, rosy leaves.

How to Care for Rose Stonecrops

The Best Soil for Roseum Plants

Sedum Spurium plants are known for their ability to survive in nutritionally poor soil. If you don’t know what the soil quality in your garden is like, this succulent is a great choice because it will be able to survive no matter what.

With that being said, you should aim to put your Roseum plant in a nutrient rich soil. It also requires soil that has good drainage, which is why it’s often planted in rock gardens. You can’t go wrong with a commercial succulent or cactus soil blend. It has the kind of gritty, porous materials in it that Roseum plants need to avoid root rot.

How Often Should Your Water Roseum Plants?

Sedum Spurium succulents need very little water and can even survive several months of drought.

We usually recommend that you water your succulents once a week, but this particular plant will do better with more infrequent waterings. Twice a month should be enough, but make sure that you watch out for signs of underwatering. If your succulent is thirsty, its leaves will get wrinkly and lose their characteristic plumpness and firmness.

To learn how to water your Roseum plant properly, check out our watering article that helped over 2000 people.

How Much Light do Roseum Plants Need?

Roseum plants can handle both full sun and partial shade. This versatility makes them great for outdoor gardens. You can plant them in the sunniest part of your garden or keep them in a planter on a covered patio. They’ll do great in either location!

Find out more than one way you can give light to your succulent plant here.

Temperature Requirements

Another reason why Sedum Spurium plants are perfect for gardens is because they’re cold hardy. This particular cultivar can stay outside in below freezing temperatures. Even if it’s negative twenty or thirty outside, this succulent will be ok, which is pretty remarkable! A lot of succulents wouldn’t survive if you left them outside in those kinds of weather conditions.

Fertilizing Roseum Plants

Roseum succulents like their fertilizer how they like their water—in moderation. These plants are fast growers on their own, so they don’t need much help from fertilizer. They can also thrive without a lot of nutrients, so they won’t really benefit if you fertilize them more frequently. In fact, too much fertilizer can actually hurt them. Giving them too much nitrogen, one of the main ingredients in fertilizer, softens their leaves and makes them more susceptible to rot.

You only need to feed your Roseum plants about once or twice during their active growing season. They’re dormant in the winter, so fertilize them in the summer. To prevent your plants from getting too much nitrogen, you should use a low-nitrogen fertilizer.

You can tell if a fertilizer is low-nitrogen by looking at the numbers on the packaging. Fertilizers have three numbers on them that indicate how much nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium they contain. A 5-10-10 fertilizer, for example, has 5% nitrogen, 10% phosphorus, and 10% potassium. That’s the kind of fertilizer you want to go for—one with a first number that’s lower than the other two.

It’s also a good idea to dilute your fertilizer to half strength. If you have a water soluble fertilizer, it’s easy to do. Just add half as much fertilizer to the water as the instructions call for. So for example, if the instructions say to dissolve 1 tablespoon of fertilizer into a gallon of water, you’d only use ½ tablespoon.

Where to Plant Your Sedum Spurium

Sedum Spurium is a type of creeping succulent that spreads out and makes great ground cover. They grow much faster than other succulents, filling up the space around them with lush greenery.

They look great in containers with much taller succulents like cacti and Snake Plants. They grow low and hang over the sides of the containers you plant them in, so they provide a nice contrast in arrangements with lots of tall plants.

Try planting this succulent in pallet gardens, hanging baskets, planting beds, or rock gardens. They’re perfect for any bare spots in your garden, too, because they’ll fill them in quickly.

We love to keep our Roseum plants outside because they attract butterflies. You can keep yours indoors, but they’re practically made for outdoor areas since they’re cold hardy and sun-loving.

Propagating Rose Stonecrops

Cultivars like the Roseum plant have to be propagated by cuttings in order to retain all of their characteristics. If you try to grow a cultivar from seeds, the new plant will have different colorings and traits than the parent plant.

Roseum plants have no problem spreading out and propagating on their own, but you can propagate even more of them using tip cuttings.

Propagating with Tip Cuttings

Tip cuttings are taken from the top of the plant near the leaves. To take a tip cutting, grab a clean, sharp garden knife and cut just a few inches below the leaves of your plant. Remove some of the lower leaves to expose the stem and then let the cutting dry out for a little while. You’ll know it’s ready when you see a hard, dry callus on the cut side of the stem.

Now, place it in some succulent soil, cut side down. Grab a spray bottle and mist the cutting with some water. You’ll want to water it once or twice a day to keep it moist. Keep it in an area of your home that gets bright but indirect sunlight. Too much sunlight can harm fragile cuttings.

Your cutting will take root in a few weeks, and as it grows, you can begin to water it less. Don’t worry if it doesn’t take root—unfortunately, that happens sometimes.

If your cutting doesn’t root the first time, you can change up your propagation strategy and see if that helps. Some people don’t let their cuttings dry out before they plant them—they put the freshly cut stems in succulent soil right away. Some people also use rooting hormone to encourage their cuttings to root. Try out some of these different techniques and see what gets you the best results.


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We hope that this post has encouraged you to plant this unique cultivar in your garden and given you the confidence to care for it. This is a wonderful plant for both people with brown thumbs and green thumbs because it’s so resilient. So don’t hesitate to buy one even if you’re not a gardening expert. Happy planting!

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