Stonecrop, Sedum (Hylotelephium)Plant Care – How to Take Care & Grow Stonecrop

The variety of this sedum that is usually grown is the hardy, long-lived ‘Medio-variegatum.’ It has slender stems, which begin to grow upright but soon arch over. They trail to about 10in/25cm, making this a good plant for a hanging basket.

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The fleshy round leaves, with lightly scalloped edges, are carried in whorls of three; they are steely blue-gray tinged with pink and have a cream central splash or stripe. Heads of small pink flowers are borne at the ends of the stems in late summer or early fall.

Stonecrop Fact File

Origin: Japan.

Height: 4in/10cm; stems trail to 10in/25cm. 

Potting Mix: Soil- or peat-moss-based, with added perlite or coarse sand for good drainage. 

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Repotting: Move to a pot one size larger in spring.

Propagation: Take stem tip cuttings in spring or summer. Remove the leaves to expose about lin/2.5cm of the stem and allow it to dry for 1-2 days before inserting it into soil.

Keeping Plants: Watch out for mealybugs and aphids, which both attack this plant.

Stonecrop Plant Care

  • Bright light with plenty of direct sunshine.
  • Cool to moderate temperatures: 40°-60°F/ 4°-16°C.
  • In summer allow the top J/in/ 13mm of the soil to dry out between waterings; water more sparingly in winter.
  • It is not necessary to feed this plant.

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