Sedum forum: Sedums Indoors

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Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Sep 15, 2014 3:41 PM CST
Just a dumb question: Do creeping sedums do well as houseplants? I need to combine some succulents to bring indoors and wonder if I can use these as trailers. Or are sedums like semps and need cold winter conditions to thrive?
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 15, 2014 4:44 PM CST

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Great question Deborah. It would depend on the sedum. Do you have photos of the ones you are talking about?
Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Sep 15, 2014 6:00 PM CST
Nope, maybe I can get photos tomorrow. Nothing noteworthy. I think they are: Stonecrop (Phedimus spurius 'John Creech') and
Sedum (Phedimus spurius 'Tri-Color')
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Sep 15, 2014 6:07 PM CST

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Okay, that helps. It certainly wouldn't hurt to plant some in your indoor mixed container. It would need good light to stay healthy. I would love to see a photo of the container when you get through planting it.
Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Sep 15, 2014 6:20 PM CST
Thank You! Now if I can get to getting it done soon. I'm more concerned about getting houseplants and other tenders readied to come indoors before it gets too cool and wet. That way they are less traumatized from the move. I think fall will come unusually early here. October is always cold & wet, but the rains have already started with this cooler weather. Confused
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 15, 2014 8:25 PM CST

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We are heading into fall very dry and hot. But I think tomorrow it will go down into the upper 70's for the day. And maybe some rain either Wed. or Thurs. Lows in the 50's, at least for the next week. Our weather has been so strange this year.
Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Sep 15, 2014 8:27 PM CST
Yes, strange. They didn't include "wildfire smoke intrusion" in today's forecast. It started getting dark here in the middle of the day and I had to go out and look to see what was going on.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Sep 15, 2014 8:29 PM CST

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It has been that way here for the last two days Connie. I mowed all the lawns today and have a cough now. Air quality is pretty bad.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Sep 15, 2014 10:48 PM CST
Ooh, take care of those lungs, Lynn. Not getting new ones on the next milestone birthday...

Deborah, I find that when I bring my mixed succulent containers indoors there's a noticeable elongating of stems of the sedum and leaves appear further apart. I take care of this out-of-shape look in the spring by pruning back to encourage branching. Also the rosettes of echeveria will get a little out of shape by slight elongating of the center where the growth comes from.
Definitely helps if these succulents can overwinter near bright/sunny window exposures.
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goldfinch4
Sep 16, 2014 4:59 AM CST

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Deebie, your weather sounds similar to ours this year. Like Bev said, I've found that the stems get long and weak, the leaves small and further apart. I've also noticed quite a bit of leaf drop. I had them close to a window to get bright light but just not as good as outdoors.
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Name: Deborah Pryor
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a (Zone 8a)
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Deebie
Sep 17, 2014 9:35 AM CST
Thanks, for your help everyone. This will be my 1st year with most of my succulents. The thick leaved sedums didn't grow much or went dormant under shop lights in my garage last winter. So, I will try that again this year, only I will get some new and brighter bulbs. The more tender ones, I will keep indoors in front of a SW facing window. Yes, my escheveria etoliated terribly last year and so did my graptopedalum, so I took cuttings of them this past spring too. The E. Topsy Turvy that I kept in the SW window indoors did OK. I'm learning as I go. I consider it a success if I can keep them alive over the winter.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 17, 2014 10:22 AM CST

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It sounds like you have gained much experience already with winter indoor care. Thumbs up

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