Sedum sarmentosum Seeds- "Gold Moss" mat-forming succulent Stonecrop
Sedum sarmentosum- Gold Moss Stonecrop Creeping, spreading, groundcover/mat-forming/low-growing
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If you’re looking for a beautiful plant that thrives with virtual neglect, a creeping sedum just might fit the bill. Sedums strut their stuff where many other plants dare not venture. They make themselves at home, for example, in the cracks of a garden wall or walkway, on roofs or the tops of gently sloping birdhouses, or even under massive trees where enormous roots monopolize most of the soil’s moisture. They also perform well in rock gardens, borders, and containers. Creeping Sedums, also known as stonecrops
A few ways to use creeping sedums
USES : Plant in rock gardens, walls, pathway niches, and containers; as edging for borders; or in sweeps on hillsides.
Sturdy sedums make attractive mainstays. I use masses of sedums in an area of my rock garden to create the illusion of a waterfall.You can combine a variety of sedums, such as yellow-flowered Sedum sexangulare (foreground, first photo below), S. grisebachii (middle ground), and white-flowered S. album (background). They work especially well in an area that is viewed from above.
These low-care, all-season plants are perfect for pots. Since creeping sedums overwinter well in pots, you won’t have to lug the containers inside for the winter. And their tolerance of drought means you won’t have to find someone to water them while you are on vacation. Plant sedums, such as yellow-flowered S. sexangulare, with other succulents like hens and chicks (Sempervivum spp. and cvs., Zones 4–10, second photo, below) or use them as underplantings.
Cracks and crevices
Soften the hard edges of rock walls or stepping stones. Sedums, such as S. spurium ‘Fuldaglut’, grow with almost no soil within crevices of a stone wall or between stepping stones (third photo, below). Use established small seedlings, also known as plugs, and mix in a bit of fine gravel and soil.
Tame a tough site with a patchwork of sedums. Perhaps you have an area that has always defied both mowing and gardening, such as a slope with compacted soil. It could be an ideal spot to interweave patches of color and texture using creeping sedums such as pink-flowering S. spurium ‘John Creech’ and others. The “quilt” will change three times a year as the sedums display their early-season foliage colors, then flowers, and finally winter foliage in different shades.
Sowing directly into small pots is recommended. Use seed spoons if you have them or mix the fine seeds with fine sand to aid even distribution. Fill pots with an acid-free, free-draining soil seed compost. Tap the pot to settle the compost, but do not firm the mixture down. Stand the pots in water, moisten thoroughly and drain. Seeds should be scattered very lightly over the surface. Sedums require light for germination. Cover seed lightly with vermiculite after sowing. If possible, place in a propagator otherwise, secure a polythene bag around the pot or cover the container with glass or and place in a warm place. Keep soil slightly moist but not wet. Some people stand the containers on a tray of damp sand, so that they do not dry out. The seeds germinate best at temperatures of 18 to 22°C (65 to 72°F). Most seedlings appear within 14 to 21 days. Be careful to keep the top of the compost damp but not wet. As soon as the first seeds have germinated, remove the plastic or raise the lid slightly to permit circulation of air. Six to eight weeks after sowing transplant or thin out to 1 to 3 plants into a 9 to 10 cm pot or about 3 to 5 plants into an 11 to 15 cm pot. Avoid very large pots, because the substrate in pots that are too large will be permanently wet and wetness can cause growth inhibition and a poor root developmen