The Q&A Archives: Sedum Leaves Curling And Falling Off

Question: Our sedum for the second year in a row seems to show signs of "rot" and the leaves curl, then come off in your hand quite easily, and feel "slimy" to the touch. We have had a very wet and cool spring. The plants are now mulched and we thought perhaps they have had too much water. They are in partial shade with other perennials in a raised bed. Any suggestions as to cause/cure? Thanks!

Answer: Sedums generally grow best in an open location in full sun, so it is possible yours are in too much shade. When grown in shade the foliage tends to be softer and more susceptible to insect attack such as by aphids as well as to fungal infection. This is particularly true if they are over fertilized and/or over watered. If transplanting to a sunnier location is not an option, you might try thinning them and doing whatever possible to maximize the air circulation around them. They should also be divided every few years to help them stay vigorous.

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