Plant ID forum: Is this sad specimen of mine a sedum??

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DebsB
Aug 5, 2012 10:11 AM CST
Hi,
Been looking online to see if I can find an exact match and had no luck. Got this originally as one of those plant keyrings so it was tiny. Had it about 10 years now and have become rather attached to it! It's grown well this year but I daren't repot it in case I kill it, not sure what type of soil it prefers, so it's stuck in this pot for now.

It's about 4 inches long and it did start to rot at the base (think I was overwatering it) but seems ok since I've kept it on the dry side. I think it's a sedum but not sure. I'm not sure if it's leaning over as it's supposed to be a trailer or if it's depressed! It's never flowered (don't think it has the energy Sad ) but would love to find out a bit more about it so I can repot it and hopefully give it a new lease of life.
If anyone can identify this I'd be very grateful.

Thanks
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purpleinopp
Aug 9, 2012 2:55 PM CST
Thought somebody would know. Have you compared it to Sedum morganianum AKA donkey's tail. Never had one but there's a resemblance to pics I've seen. What kind of light does it get?

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DebsB
Aug 10, 2012 8:33 PM CST
Thanks for that, yes it does look similar. It's certainly the closest match I've seen to it. If it is, mine's not a very good example of one that's for sure.

It's on a windowsill and gets very little direct sunlight, half an hour a day perhaps. (I've just had a look and those types of plants do best in full sunlight, so that's my first mistake!) Do you know if it would be ok for me to pot on with general potting compost? I'm desperate to put it in a bigger pot but really don't want to kill it off.
Thank you again,
Debs
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purpleinopp
Aug 11, 2012 7:45 AM CST
I'm sorry, I don't feel qualified to answer these questions. I've never tried to grow a Sedum in a pot. But if it were my plant, I wouldn't be afraid to repot it since they are known for growing roots so easily, but have nothing else to go on but that. Maybe you should ask on house plant or flower forum?
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chelle
Aug 11, 2012 11:30 AM CST
DebsB,

I have some sempervivum indoors just because I enjoy looking at them when all of my others are covered with snow.

I like to keep on hand a small bag of each of these mixes and combine them. It depends largely on what's available to you as to which you might use. You don't need all of these, just try to get something that's fast-draining.

Cactus mix
Orchid mix
Sharp sand
Chicken grit
Gravel or small rocks

I like to add the gravel or small rocks to the topmost layer. It seems to help keep the crowns drier, plus, it looks pretty. Smiling


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For watering, I'll generally just mist-spray them unless they start getting dry looking leaves - then, I'll pour a bit around each plant. (I think I've only had to do this twice or so in the past six months.)

Definitely try to get your plant more light - not too much direct sun all at once, but let it acclimate gradually to increasingly higher light levels.

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woofie
Aug 11, 2012 11:36 AM CST
I'd definitely use a mix intended for cactus or orchids rather than regular potting soil. Chelle made some very good suggestions. And if you lose a bit of it in the transplanting process, make sure to stick any broken off pieces into some of that same potting soil. Looks very much like the pieces would root nicely. Smiling It IS a cute little plant; it reminds me a bit of the cactus they call "rock plants" except they don't stretch out like that.

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twitcher
Aug 12, 2012 3:06 PM CST
I'm fairly confident that the plant in question is not a Sedum. I've grown it before, but unfortunately do not recall its name. I think it might be a mesemb. though.
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valleylynn
Aug 12, 2012 5:11 PM CST
Definitely not Sedum burrito or Sedum morganianum.

It could be Ruschia radicans? Which is a mesemb.
http://www.anniesannuals.com/plt_lst/lists/search/lst.srch.a...
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DebsB
Aug 12, 2012 7:33 PM CST
Thank you for the welcome!

Chelle thank you for all the info, really appreciate it. Going to find something that's fast draining like you said. I'll definitely try and ensure it gets more light too. I've obviously not been giving it enough.

Having looked at your link valleylyn I may have changed my mind about the sedum. Gosh that looks similar, even down to the reddish tint on the stalk.

So it appears to be from South Africa, and here is mine living in the "tropics" of the UK ...and I'm wondering why it's floundering! I'll give it a bit of TLC now I know a little more and fingers crossed it will grow better.

Thank you again everyone for your help. Maybe... in another 10 years...I may even get it to flower Rolling my eyes.
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chelle
Aug 12, 2012 8:15 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. You're welcome, and best of luck with your cute little Ruschia. Smiling
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valleylynn
Aug 12, 2012 8:36 PM CST
Hope you'll post a photo of the bloom, when the time comes. Hurray!
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purpleinopp
Aug 13, 2012 8:48 AM CST
So glad I came back to this discussion. Never heard of Ruschia before and thoroughly enjoyed googling some pics of them. The flowers are so pretty! Good luck on getting some from your cute little plant!
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valleylynn
Aug 13, 2012 4:07 PM CST
Hurray! Hi purple, glad you came back. Smiling
It is a quite interesting plant, isn't it.
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purpleinopp
Aug 14, 2012 8:06 AM CST
Absolutely! Of course, I want one!
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