Blue Spruce Sedum

Sedum reflexum, also known as Blue spruce sedum, is a succulent perennial native to Europe, slow-growing but very dense, and can reach 10 inches. It is an evergreen plant with oval and thin leaves, with a soft light green texture; these develop on a narrow stem forming little compact rosettes; they are fleshy and somewhat coarse. Despite being a plant that grows wild, it is highly appreciated in an ornamental way thanks to its beautiful yellow and gold flower bouquets beautiful flowering.

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These usually appear mainly during May, forming dense clusters filled with their tiny yellow star-shaped flowers. Its main ornamental uses include being used as vegetation to cover walls, fill borders, or rockeries. Thanks to its remarkable capacity to withstand such environments. Being a succulent plant does not require too much care, and it withstands drought very well. It is a plant that is not very suitable for growing in pots if proper care is not taken.

Blue Spruce Sedum is a surprisingly hardy plant. It can resist frost. It tolerates well the salinity of the soil, medium drought, and vegetates well in poor, well-drained, stony, dry dirt with a particular sandy texture. The Blue spruce sedum is a plant that grows naturally in stone landings or stony grasses and can be home-grown in habitats that simulate nature. We must plant it in siliceous substrates so that it adapts and grows healthy. Sedum reflexum can be grown in a rich and poor substrate in nutrients; this will not significantly affect its physiological development. The only essential thing is that these substrates need to have good drainage since the only danger that this plant will run is suffering from excess humidity. It is necessary to avoid the excess water in the substrate to prevent rotting.

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Weather Conditions

This succulent requires a sun exposure that depends on its climate, and its east is temperate; it can have direct and constant exposure. It can always be in full sun, and although it resists drought and intense heat well, we must be attentive to watering during spring and summer if it is in full sun. Keeping it hydrated during these times is beneficial as it stimulates its flowering and maintains its healthy leaves. It can also grow in places with a lot of indirect light, especially in more tropical climates. It is recommended to have partial shade during the noon hours. This plant’s need for direct light means that it can develop etiolation quickly; that is, its stems will begin to lengthen in search of direct sunlight.

This etiolation process can significantly affect the health of our Sedum reflexum and cause it to weaken. In addition to suffering from etiolation, this succulent will not present any flowering if kept indoors without direct sunlight exposure. These factors make us note that it is not suitable to be kept indoors unless it is in a well-lit room where it can receive direct sunlight for a few hours a day. During the spring, we can cover it with some light compost. This Blue spruce sedum is not a plant that requires pruning in the sense of the word. All we have to do is check our Sedum reflexum periodically and keep it clean of any wilted stems, leaves, and flowers.

When grown in tropical climates, high temperatures encourage stem growth and flowering to be much more frequent. In these hot, tropical climates, it has a steady increase, unlike in temperate climates. In these more temperate environments, its growth is a little slower; also, it suffers from a total paralysis in its development in the winter seasons. Despite supporting low temperatures well, if they are below 32°F, the plant may not withstand them and dies. Its ideal temperatures are between 95 and 77ºF.

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Watering

Depending on where it is grown, Blue Spruce Sedum requires moderate watering throughout the year. This request should be more frequent in summer and spring since the substrate tends to dry much faster, especially in full sun. During the autumn and winter seasons, where there are relatively low temperatures, we must reduce our succulent watering. Keeping the dirt regularly moist can cause rotting of the leaves, stems, and roots. So it is recommended to stall until your substrate is completely dry. Even leave one or two more days before watering again. We must avoid wetting the leaves, stem, and flowers directly at the time of watering, we only need to soak the substrate around the stem, and voila, our Sedum reflexum will be hydrated.

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Cultivation

Our Blue Spruce Sedum can be multiplied by merely employing seeds and cuttings. We must let the leaf or stem cut dry until the plant generates a callus in the cut area. When this happens, we must plant it in the recommended substrate and water it only when it is dry. These transplants should only be done during the spring since it is the most significant plant activity.

We must prepare a pot or a hole in the ground for the seeds, ensuring that it has good drainage to avoid any excess water. We fill it with the substrate, water the seeds with a prudent separation between them, and then cover it with more substrate and water. After fifteen days of planting them, the seeds begin to germinate. When planting the Sedum reflexum, we must do so with a prudent distance that is not very long but is not very close.

The ideal time to do this is during the months from October to February. These are good options, but thanks to the fact that this succulent produces abundant children, it is best to very carefully remove one of these “children” from the mother plant and place it in a separate pot. In time, it will grow into a mother plant and will have children of its own. This technique is the one of the fastest and safest way to multiply this succulent.

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Diseases

It is a plant that strongly resists many pests and diseases. Some cases are affected by a plague, such as cochineal, or by an infestation of ants. Still, it is easy to remove. However, we must be careful of pathogenic fungal pests that can rot their leaves and stems. We must take care of snails and slugs since they tend to feed on Sedum reflexum and leave it reduced to just a nibbled branch. Also, some birds find this succulent incredibly delicious and will attack it every time they can. We must be vigilant for any of these cases to act in time, change our plant’s location, or spray it with an insecticide to avoid further damage.

Sedum Reflexum

Sedum Reflexum – Everything You Need to Know

Sedum reflexum is also commonly called Sedum rupestre or Jenny’s Stonecrop. It is a cold-hardy perennial succulent that is native to North America. As the succulent grows, it forms a mat shape to use it as a lawn alternative.

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Jenny’s Stonecrop is a drought-tolerant succulent that can thrive in dry regions. Also, Sedum reflexum is edible and can be used in making salads, even though it slightly tastes like acid.

This article is for you if you want to know more about identifying, growing, and caring for Sedum reflexum succulents.

How to Identify Reflexum Succulents

Sedum reflexum belongs to the Crassulaceae family. It is called a “stonecrop” because it usually grows in stony areas. It is a strong, slightly upright succulent that grows up to 12 inches and produces yellow flowers that are bent in bud.

The leaves of the Sedum reflexum succulents are lush, terete, and with pointed tips. Unlike most succulents, the leaves Sedum reflexum do not form tight clusters in the summer.

Bear in mind that the Sedum reflexum succulents do not bloom in the first year. When they finally bloom, usually during the summer, they will form clusters of yellow flowers. These flowers grow on tall stalks which you may need to prune if they are out of shape.

How to Care for Sedum Reflexum Succulents

You have to consider the following requirements to grow your Sedum reflexum succulents successfully:

Light

Jenny’s Stonecrop can be grown in partial or full sun. For the golden foliage to look its best, you need to grow the plant under direct sunlight.

Soil

Sedum reflexum needs to be planted in well-draining soil with a pH of 6.0 – 7.0 (mildly acidic to neutral). You can plant Jenny’s Stonecrop in gravelly or sandy soils, even if they are not that packed with vital nutrients.

Water

After planting the Sedum reflexum succulent, you need to water it. Once it matures, it becomes resistant to drought. However, your plant can die if the soil is waterlogged or contains heavy clay.

If you grow Jenny’s Stonecrops in a pot, you might need to water them more frequently than if they were planted in the ground.

Temperature and Humidity

Sedum reflexum succulents can be grown in the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3 to 9. This means that it can survive at a temperature of – 30 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

While this plant can withstand heat to a considerable extent, you should move it indoors during a heatwave. Also, Sedum reflexum plant can tolerate high humidity.

Fertilizer

Jenny’s Stonecrops do not need fertilizers. If the nutrients are not adequate for the plant to grow, consider using lean soil or compost. Using fertilizers for Sedum reflexum will make it stretch and grow out of proportion.

Pruning

If your Jenny’s Jenny’s Stonecrops are growing too big, you can prune them to stay in shape. Use hand pruners to trim off the stems growing out of proportion. Also, get rid of any dead material you notice on the plant.

The only time of the year you should not prune your Sedum reflexum is when the temperature is too high or too low.

Propagating Reflexum Succulents

There are three ways of propagating Sedum reflexum succulents: tip cutting, stem cutting, and seed propagation. Let us take a closer look at them:

Propagating from Tip Cutting

Propagating from tip cutting is one of the easiest ways of propagating Sedum reflexum succulents. This propagation technique involves taking the tip of a healthy leaf and sticking half of the tip in the well-draining soil. If you notice a tug in the soil after three or four weeks, that is a sign that the tip cutting is developing roots, which will become more evident in the coming days.

Propagating from Stem Cutting

To propagate Sedum reflexum succulents by stem cuttings, cut off a stem from a parent plant and plant it in the ground or a succulent pot with well-draining soil.

The best time to propagate by stem cuttings is during the spring when the plant just starts growing.

In three weeks, you will notice new tender roots spring up from the cuttings. Water the roots once a week until they mature.

Seed Propagation

To propagate Sedum reflexum from seeds, bury the seeds in moist soil and keep the pot in an environment with a temperature of 80 – 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The downside of propagating Jenny’s Stonecrop from seeds is that seeds take a while to germinate. Also, some hybrid varieties of Sedum reflexum cannot be grown from seeds because they contain different genetic materials and the outcome is unpredictable.

Sedum Reflexum Pest Problems

Sedum reflexum succulents are usually attacked by bacteria, snails and slug if grown in a damp soil. Similarly, overwatering invites scale insects, aphids, and mealybugs to your succulents.

If you do not want to experience any trouble with insects and pests, do not overwater your Sedum reflexum succulents. Also, provide a well-draining soil and adequate light for the plant.

To know if your Jenny’s Stonecrops are infested by insects, examine the plant for any trace of a honey-like substance. Also, check if the leaves of the plants are wrinkled and shriveled.

If you notice any of these signs, you can get rid of the pest by spraying isopropyl alcohol solution on the succulents. When spraying this solution, be very careful so that you do not damage the succulents’ waxy coating.

You can also use insecticidal soap to eliminate mealybugs and aphids. But bear in mind that the outer layer of the succulents can be washed away with insecticidal soaps. So, ensure you test the soap on a small part of your plant and see how it reacts before spraying the entire plant.

If you need a safer method of getting rid of insects, use a natural organic insecticide like pyrethroid.