Sedum forum: sedum rupestre 'Blue Spruce'

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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Feb 21, 2013 10:43 AM CST
I would like some advice & opinions on how any & everyone thinks my plants is doing.We are having cold nights but the days are sunny when it's not raining.The plant is putting out little tiny babies but it's laying down.

Would anyone mind giving their opinion &/or advice on my plant. I'm all ears!
The pictures are dated correctly,you can see how fast it got cold by the color change in the 'blue spruce' & the dates.
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These 2 pictures are before it really got cold here.
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We have had so much rain,i was scared it would kill my plant,thats why i have so much pea gravel under the plant so it wouldn't be touching the wet ground and it seems to have worked.Except that it's no longer standing up.
Thumb of 2013-02-21/jojoe/92de57
You can see in this last picture it is putting out a lot of new growth.
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This spring do i need to pull the rock away from under the plant so it can have contact with some soil to root in and spread to the size i want?
It really had a pretty show of colors when it got cold but we have gotten 7" of rain already this month & about 13" between Jan & Dec.

What do i need to do if anything for this plant when it warms up & what fertilizer should be used for my Sedums ,the upright Sedum as well as the Reflexum?

Thanks for all the help and sorry my post always seem to end up long!!!
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Feb 21, 2013 12:49 PM CST
JoJoe, I wouldn't do anything to it now. It all looks good. I would say if the plant looks healthy and putting out new growth then leave it alone. The rock is doing it's job, leave them there. Some people don't fertilize their succulents probably because their soil is more naturally enriched than other people's. I lived in a place where the soil did not have the benefit of organic decomposition and so I fertilized regularly once a month during the growing period. If you do decide to fertilize with what's available out there, I would cut the dosage in half at least. Succulents grow much slower than other plants so don't need the boost.
Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Feb 21, 2013 5:57 PM CST
Bev,thank you so much!! Hurray! Lovey dubby

I have come to the conclusion that i am making things harder than they have to be.If it's not broken.... is a good way to grow succulents i'm figuring out.
Can i ask if you or anyone knows,do they stand up in the summer or when more mature,i will check the data base for growth habit.
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Feb 21, 2013 8:42 PM CST
I find generally that when something grows up and then it spreads and gets more stem and leaves, that the plant starts to weigh down and all the branching starts to go sideways especially when the stems are soft and long. Mostly it is the stiffer stemmed sedums that grow more upright but even then the weight of the many leaves can make them bend (like your pork and beans)...
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Feb 21, 2013 8:52 PM CST
I agree with Bev, this type of sedum is usually a low growing ground cover, when it sends out flower stems those usually are more upright. Its looking good Jojoe! In a year you'll look on it and be so proud!! Its going to really fill in!
Partly why I grow semps and sedums is they're fairly easy once they're growing. Since yours is putting out new growth its happy! And, these plants do great in very cold weather, especially if its for a short snap, as you noticed it just "wakes" them up and they color up!!
Cheers and enjoy - also, your questions help newbies, and it also helps to see how other folks do things, and see what they've had success with, so please don't feel that you're asking to many questions!! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
If a door closes look for a window!
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jojoe
Feb 22, 2013 2:12 AM CST
Thank you so much for your advice.The reason i asked about the plant standing up was even in the data base here there's a picture and the plant is standing up but it's a big full plant. Whistling

Also i bought a book a while back that i've really enjoyed by Gwen Moore Kelaidis called Tough plants for every climate HARDY SUCCULENTS.
There are pictures in it of the Reflexum standing up as a ground cover. Sticking tongue out
There are so many plants in this book,i didn't know about Orostachys,i think i need to get one now just to try it out.I would love to find one called Orostachys furusei.I have a list from this book of semp's,sedums & Jovi's don't forget Orostachys,i need to do some research on that last one.
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I have gotten lost looking at plants and answering posts it's sooo late i better go to bed.

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 25, 2013 7:07 PM CST

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I agree The plants look happy and healthy, just takes them a bit to get going. By the second year the clump should look great, standing up and thick and full.

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