Sedum forum: Sedum growing season??? mulch,protect from winter or not???

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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Dec 7, 2012 6:17 PM CST
Most plants growing season is in the spring & summer.The upright sedums seem to do their thing in the fall & winter.So is now their growing season?

I am going to post some pictures and i need to know if i need to cover all this growth? Is this the right time for them to be growing like this or is it just our warm winter??
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These were broken pieces i just stuck in the ground and they rooted and now they are multiplying.
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this is 1 of 2 plants i purchased & planted in the fall
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this is under it.
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This is the 2nd of the 2 i purchased & planted
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These babies seem to want to bloom.
Does anything need to be covered with pine straw or leaves or anything? Our coldest months are Jan & Feb. usually.

I also have some in 3 small pots, one is just a stick i laid in the pot.They have been sitting outside on my open back porch,i'm thinking about just putting these in my rock garden even though it's Dec.i mean it has been in the high 60's to low 70's during the day.any advice on planting these.
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Dec 7, 2012 6:42 PM CST
Pretty photos JoJoe! Looks like you're doing the right thing since they look so healthy! :hurray:
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Name: Lori
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growitall
Dec 8, 2012 1:02 PM CST
In zone 8, it's very unlikely that any of your sedums would not hardy. Mulching plants over the winter is often not a good idea, especially in mild, wet areas, and especially for plants that may require better drainage than your area might normally offer. (If you find that your plants have not survived the winter, it is more likely due to winter wet than to any lack of cold hardiness.)
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Dec 8, 2012 2:37 PM CST

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Jelinda, I agree with Lori.
I am in zone 8 also, in a very wet climate this time of year and through most of spring. My sedum do the same thing as what you are showing in your photos. Most of the time they just site there in a semi-dormant state until spring, for me at least.
This year seems also to be through us a curve ball in the weather department, tricking some plants into thinking spring is arriving. Even my pineapple guave is sending new bloom and fruit set the beginning of Nov.

Lori is correct about the drainage, just make sure the water has a place to go and doesn't fill up the containers, or form ponds around the plants that are in the ground. They should be fine. Thumbs up
Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Dec 9, 2012 10:24 AM CST
All of the plants are in the ground,on a slope.So all water should run through the bed & down the hill.I don't have good soil,because of the way the land is sloped off into terraces (that's what we call them).The land goes down a slope,flattens out & then starts over going down hill the last terrace goes down to a creek.The wind has blown the soil down the slopes making the next terrace higher etc... hope that's explained clearly? Because of the hard wind blown and rain washed ground we bought truck load of forest mulch & i am using that mixed with mulched down leaves,it's a semi-raised bed with great drainage.We also aren't a wet climate,we stay in need of rain!! I don't remember the last rain.

The plants & even the stick that is producing babies,should i leave them on porch or can i go ahead & put in bed.This bed is in the making,i have put some plants in it but until i get more plants it's hard to place big rock.Pea pebbles have also been put in the bed,they have ended up mixed in the soil.I guess that's the last step huh. nodding LEARNING AS I GO !!!

I have 3 more plants 1 i am sure about putting in the bed in the summer the other 2 need to get an ID.

Graptopetalum paraguayense 'ghosty' is going outside this spring.

Echeveria Chroma
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Graptoveria 'Titubans'
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Hurray! My hubby got me a new camera a nikon coolpix so hopefully my pictures are going to be clearer or at least you'll be able to tell whats in the picture Hurray!
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Dec 9, 2012 4:20 PM CST

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I would think the sedum would be alright to just go ahead and plant them. If the ground is dry you might have to give them some water so the roots can start into the new soil. The forest compost would be good for them. We use it here to amend our clay soil.

Your Graptopetalum and Echeveria are not frost hardy, so I don't think you would be able to plant them outdoors. But pots would be great. Once danger of frost is gone the pots can go out into your beds for the growing season.
Great plants. Thumbs up
Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Dec 9, 2012 9:40 PM CST
The data base says the ghosty plant 'Graptopetalum 'paraguayense' is hardy from zone 7 and i check this data base & the one at DG.Are you talking about the last 2?? I was under the impression the first plant was cold hardy here? Am i wrong about this plant?
A green thumb comes only as a result of the mistakes you make while learning to see things from the plants point of view!!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Dec 9, 2012 11:28 PM CST

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Oops, I do grow the Graptopetalum paraguayense outdoors year round here in my zone 8. But I keep it on the deck during our rainy cold season. It is the combination of cold and wet that will do it in. Thumbs up

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