Sedum forum: Rooting Question

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Cinta
Aug 15, 2015 7:00 PM CST
I purchased some Delosperma (Ice Plant) today and when I took them out of the pot they were falling apart. They are so expensive for such a little pot. Are they easy to root like other succulents?
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Aug 15, 2015 8:15 PM CST
Yes, so easy.
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Cinta
Aug 15, 2015 8:22 PM CST
Thank you. I put them in pots and will see what happens. Should the soil stay moist or on the dry side. The soil was soaking wet. I think that was the problem. They were falling apart when I removed them from the pots. Lowes has no idea what they are doing.
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springcolor
Aug 15, 2015 9:51 PM CST
I would keep them on the dry side for a few days out of the hot sun. Then just mist occasionally until they root. Fast draining soil, lots of grit.
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Cinta
Aug 16, 2015 12:40 PM CST
Okay thank you. I just put them in the little pots. If they root before winter I will put them in the garden. If not I will bring them into the garage.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Aug 26, 2015 9:45 PM CST

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I agree with Connie on their care.
Which ones did you get?
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Aug 29, 2015 12:01 PM CST
Cinta I bet your plants have already rooted - they are pretty quick in my experience!
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Cinta
Aug 29, 2015 8:22 PM CST
Connie I picked them up at Lowes and they did not have any names on them. I just picked the ones that had a flower blooming so I could pick the colors. I picked up a red, yellow and one that looked like it was orange and yellow.

Greg I checked they do not look like they are rooted yet. I tugged on one and it did not feel like it was rooted. The soil was dry so I gave it a sip of water. We have had bruttle heat and no rain. I did put them in the shade. They do not look like they are dying so there is hope.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Aug 30, 2015 1:25 AM CST
They really are some amazing plants aren't they? This whole crassula family! They can survive some "stuff" !! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Cinta
Sep 3, 2015 8:37 PM CST
They are rooted. Hurray! Hurray! So that was 2 weeks. Info for anyone that need to try.
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Sep 3, 2015 8:37 PM CST
Hooray for that! Thumbs up
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Name: Laurie Basler
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Jul 10, 2016 9:40 PM CST
Greg, I am so interested in what you use to cover your sedum from rain. I live in Grays Harbor, and have often considered what I could use to cover these poor guys when the rain won't let up. Thanks.
Cinta, I would love to hear what your trick in rooting them was.
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Jul 11, 2016 12:14 AM CST
Hi Lauriebasler and Welcome! Nice to see another PNWer!! I don't cover mine - I grow sempervivum and cover those, but the sedum I just let them do their thing. I do amend the soil that I plant them into, I use pumice (not vermiculite as that is so light weight it rises to the top - pumice is heavier and stays mixed in) so I use about 30% pumice when preparing the sedum bed or when it is in a flower pot/box
Hope that helps - also Springcolor gave me the idea to cut back the taller types in spring so they are a bit shorter - I don't cut them all, just the outer ones so the inner branches can be supported by the outer ones.
Cheers I tip my hat to you.
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Cinta
Jul 15, 2016 11:06 PM CST
@lauriebasler , I did not do anything special. I just pushed the pieces down in regular potting soil and I kept the soil moist.

When I amend my soil I use aquarium gravel. I have so much of it because I have so much of it from my aquariums. When the gravel gets old and ugly I put it in a bucket and save it for the garden. Because of our winter moisture of rain, snow, then ice in a matter of days I have to have almost total gravel for the sedum. So I use 80% gravel and 20% soil on top of large rocks.
Name: Laurie Basler
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Jul 17, 2016 10:11 AM CST
Oh, I see. Thank you Greg. I have a pot full of sempervivium this year, and adore watching them grow. I have been in fear of their future in my hands, and will definitely follow this advice. I have a couple little pots of new sedums to plant, and just enough pumice left. I am excited to use your method, Greg. We are having such a nice summer. Hurray! And Cinta, I have a bit of aquarium rock also, I have given gifts of small pots with semps and sedum away this summer. Next one, I will throw in some of the rock as well.
Thank You! both. These families of plants are where I am most drawn to lately in the nursery.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 17, 2016 2:09 PM CST

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Hi Laurie, so nice to meet you.
I agree, sedum are very addictive. So many sizes, textures colors and growing habits. Most sedum can use a little more water than sempervivum. But there are some that can handle quite a bit of drought. Your part of the world is great conditions for sedum. What are your favorites right now?

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