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Name: Rod Melotte
Columbus WI (Zone 4a)
Grinder12000
Jun 7, 2015 9:49 PM CST
CAn you stress a sedum? We have this wonderful sedum that we use in our rock walls. So a friend of mine and I decided to fix our local water tower and move in this sedum. Filled all the cracks with random dirt they gave us. Planted sprigs and handfuls of sedum as we have been doing for 8 years.

That was two weeks ago. We had some ran last week but otherwise dry sunny weather - perfect we thought. Saturday we went back to get the last 1/3 of the water tower and we see our lush green Goldmound sedun looking like the attachment. Lighter green with yellow leaves and brown stops. In 7-8 years I hav enever seen this sedum do that. What up? The other photo is the stock it came from. Bad dirt? someone poison it? It looked great 8 days ago but a week later. - Rod

Columbus Wisconsin

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 7, 2015 9:57 PM CST
Hi Rod, and Welcome! to ATP. Glad you found your way here.

It looks like the cuttings are stressed. They will need to be watered until the roots systems establish, then they will look like the parent plant. What kind of dirt was used? Hmm, just looked at the dirt, it doesn't look like it should be a problem. Did the cuttings have any roots started when you planted them?
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tarev
Jun 7, 2015 10:24 PM CST
Some succulents will pout a bit, drop the leaves as it adjusts and then it will eventually acclimate and grow new ones from the center. Or sometimes, some succulents will redirect its energy from the leaves to any new buds it is trying to form. I am looking at your photo, and I seem to see new buds at the center of the rosettes, so the outer leaves maybe helping in the formation of the buds.
Name: Rod Melotte
Columbus WI (Zone 4a)
Grinder12000
Jun 8, 2015 5:10 AM CST
Oddly the cuttings with no roots are doing better then the clumps that had roots. The clumps with a small root ball are turning yellow and looked stressed. The snippings that fell off and we just stuck them in the ground are doing ok.

So even though that are succulents make shoe they are well watered in the beginning?

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 8, 2015 9:18 AM CST
Yes, they need to be watered until they establish themselves in the new location. It is not unusual for them to look poor when moved. If you see bloom stalks developing remove them, that will help to establish the roots, the blooms will cause added stress at this time.
Name: Rod Melotte
Columbus WI (Zone 4a)
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Jun 8, 2015 11:05 AM CST
TY - that is what I THOUGHT but we have never moved them to a "new" dirt location. The cuttings with no roots are doing well, only the ones WITH roots which we thought would be the opposite.

I'll have my lamium question next! LOL We have a lamium that has changed color as it spreads into sweet woodruff! (that will be a different question though).

Awesome place you have here.
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valleylynn
Jun 8, 2015 11:17 AM CST
I see you just joined ATP Rod. Just wait until you have a chance to really see what is available here at ATP. Green Grin!
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 8, 2015 11:18 AM CST
Welcome!
Your rock garden is gorgeous! We just planted new sedum cut from mats. Instructions say to keep well-watered 3x week for the first month to establish. Then water 1-2/week after that. It also says to let our cuttings dry for 10 days before rooting but yours seemed to have skipped that step. Hilarious!
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