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Sedum acre and the Mother Pot: the Making of Glowing Groundcovers

By Gleni
October 6, 2014

Glowing yellow, stunningly good on the eye, and beloved of bees, this sedum is one I had tried to use before as a groundcover. It was a big fail. The cuttings usually did not take. One day I accidentally discovered the secret of the mother pot.

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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Oct 5, 2014 7:41 PM CST
Perfect.
You found an inexpensive way to accomplish something huge and wonderful. Not just inexpensive money-wise, but also easy on your time - you let the plant do most of the work for you Thumbs up .
Great idea and I will now figure out how to make it work for my little piece of the planet.
Thanks!
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Oct 5, 2014 8:46 PM CST
Thank you Greene.
Name: Catherine
NW Illinois (Zone 5a)
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jerseyridgearts
Oct 5, 2014 10:07 PM CST
Brilliant Gleni....definitely going to try this next year.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 5, 2014 11:25 PM CST
I just marvel at that area of sedum ground cover every time I see photos of it. It is beautiful Glen.
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Oct 6, 2014 5:18 AM CST
What a gorgeous area with that bright groundcover! Lovey dubby Good luck with your ongoing battle against the other native groundcovers trying to take over.
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Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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foraygardengirl
Oct 6, 2014 6:01 AM CST
I agree with Greene! Gleni, that sedum is simply stunning, and the way you have propagated it is simplicity itself. Thank you for sharing!
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Oct 6, 2014 6:43 AM CST
Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Name: Jean
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rocklady
Oct 6, 2014 7:12 AM CST
Letting the plant do the work for you as Greene said was a stroke of genius, although it didn't start out that way!
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
Oct 6, 2014 7:14 AM CST
Thank you Catherine, Chris and Lynn.
Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
Oct 6, 2014 7:15 AM CST
Thank you Jeanie, Tee and Jean.
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Oberon46
Oct 6, 2014 9:00 AM CST
I have Acre growing in many places in my garden. It turns up in the strangest spots. Not sure how it does it unless bits and pieces get kicked out of place and then start growing where ever it lands. It is trying to take over my 2' garden path in spots but as you say it is easy to remove. Grows fast though. I have one little path with large stones in it and the sedum is growing around the stones. I trimmed it back some to be sure the entire stone was available for stepping on. The poor sedum just gets squashed if walked upon. Has pretty little yellow flowers even.
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Oct 6, 2014 9:01 AM CST
Yes, jeeeee-NEE-yuss! Hurray! Hurray! I tip my hat to you. Love the color.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 6, 2014 10:08 AM CST
Glen,

Great job with that beautiful, flowing bed of Sedum acre ... and it does indeed glow. Very, very nice! Thumbs up
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jvdubb
Oct 6, 2014 10:18 AM CST
Perfect for your area there. While I did enjoy the plant I had to remove it because it was poised to take over my entire property. I still find pieces of it which I quickly dispatch.

And it is more than just a ground cover
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Oct 6, 2014 10:28 AM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious!
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 6, 2014 11:18 AM CST
Oh Jennifer, how much fun to see that photo again. Hurray! Rolling on the floor laughing Group hug
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 6, 2014 11:46 AM CST
Oh Jennifer, that is adorable!!
~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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rocklady
Oct 6, 2014 3:09 PM CST
@juvdbb Waiting for the photo when you are completely covered in the sedum.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Oct 6, 2014 3:11 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I agree
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Oct 6, 2014 3:15 PM CST
That picture is of my mom, when we were evicting it. I can't remember if she took some back to her place or not.

But what a great halloween costume that would make!!!

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