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May 2, 2010 8:05 PM CST
|How would I best start more Sedum plants from the ones I have? Stem cuttings? Leaf pieces? What is the best soil medium for rooting? Do they need to be under a mister? |
May 3, 2010 5:57 AM CST
|No mister necessary. Are they tall or low growing? The tall will start from stem cuttings, they start new roots easily. If it's a large clump you can divide the root ball. |
The low growing type start easily from stems. If you look closely at them you can see where the little joints are, everywhere they touch the soil they start sending roots out. I find the quickest way is to find stems that are already showing these air roots. Any good potting mix, or your own garden soil if in the ground, works.
Some will actually grow from leaf pieces. You will have to experiment with which ones will do that. I know that Angelina does that. I will have to make a list when I get back home of which ones start easily from leaves.
Hope I have answered your questions Chelle. Sometimes I am not to good at putting thought in print. : )
May 3, 2010 7:50 PM CST
|Thanks so much Lynn! I forgot to say that they are tall. I know the name but it escapes me right at this moment, of course, right? |
As soon as I hit *finished* it'll come to me, I'm sure.
Just found it in your article. It's Autumn Joy.
I appreciate your help with this. So far I only have 2 plants and they are beautiful, almost perfectly spherical, and I didn't want to chop them up and ruin their look unnecessarily. (I guess you can tell that I like to enjoy them all season long, not just when they are blooming. )
Should I just take a stem here and there to try rooting or split the root mass? Which would you do if you only had two plants to work with and they are in a display area, *bookends* as it were?
May 4, 2010 4:01 AM CST
|How big around is the clump Chelle? If they are in a important diplay area, I would just take some cuttings here and there and make the two look balanced. Each cutting should root easily for you. Do you have them in full sun? If not they will tend to get floppy. If in full sun they will stay very upright. I don't ever have to tie or stake mine. I love the winter interest from the wonderful spent flower heads.|
May 4, 2010 7:52 PM CST
|They have been in their respective spots for 2 years now. They are about a foot across, size wise. They both get approximately half day sun, but they have never flopped,.. thankfully! |
Usually when I split a root mass, I just split the *back* side away and replant. Then it doesn't usually show. These plants are viewed all the way around however, so I'm taking your advice. I'll just clip small stems and try to root them.
After I pot up the cuttings should I set them in partial shade until they root?
May 5, 2010 7:24 AM CST
|I usually give them less sun until rooted, they seem to get their new roots going quicker if not stressed. I just did some that way for my DIL and they are doing great. Here's a link to the newly planted pot. Both of the back tall sedum I pinched back the tallest stalk at the back of the pot and put them in small pots to root. DIL is going to send pictures next month after everything fills in good. Can't wait to see how they look then. She is so excited to know she won't have to replant the pots every year. |
Would love to see pictures of your Autumn Joy, Chelle, those are nice big clumps.
May 5, 2010 7:02 PM CST
I'll root them like I do everything else then. Set them under the branches of an evergreen tree! LOL
I'll get pics soon, I think I'm getting a hand-me-down camera for Mother's Day. If not, I'm going to get one myself, look out pocketbook!
Thanks again for all your help! Hope you have a great evening!
May 5, 2010 7:06 PM CST
|I looked around your cubit a bit trying to locate the pot of Sedum link.|
I didn't find it, but I noticed you put a link in for me! Thank you!
You're the best!
May 5, 2010 7:59 PM CST
|Which link are you talking about Chelle?|
May 7, 2010 11:45 AM CST
valleylynn said:I usually give them less sun until rooted, they seem to get their new roots going quicker if not stressed. I just did some that way for my DIL and they are doing great. Here's a link to the newly planted pot. Both of the back tall sedum I pinched back the tallest stalk at the back of the pot and put them in small pots to root. DIL is going to send pictures next month after everything fills in good. Can't wait to see how they look then. She is so excited to know she won't have to replant the pots every year.
You made mention of a link in this post. I underlined it. Forgot to add it perhaps?
May 7, 2010 12:23 PM CST
|Here is a photo of one of the plants. I got the hose reel in there too. |
Helps if I remember to add the photo, huh?
May 7, 2010 3:19 PM CST
|What a lovely, happy, healthy plant Chelle. Buy the way, what cultivar is the hose wheel? |
I can tell I'm getting old. Here is the link. http://cubits.org/sedumandsemp...
May 7, 2010 6:07 PM CST
|I'm actually pretty surprised that plant is doing well where it is. It only gets afternoon sun. It's planted under a flowering crab-apple tree.|
That's a NOID hose reel. It is however, the newest. The old one has broken uprights and I still use it over on the other side of the yard!
Waste not, right? I just hide it in the bushes when company calls!
There is that missing link! Nice looking starts in that container. Did you root all of them?
I haven't started mine yet. Just filled the GH back up with transplants that I was in the process of hardening off to plant out. Seems we are in for another night or two of freezing temps and of course,.... frost.
May 7, 2010 6:25 PM CST
|We've been having the same weather problems here. : (|
The plants in the pot are not from cuttings, but I did take cuttings from them and and started them for a friend of my DIL. The start so easy. Right now I have about 10 four inch pots with cuttings going from one of my Autumn Joy. They are doing great.
May 7, 2010 6:41 PM CST
|I'll get mine started on Tuesday I think. Right now I have started a red-flowering bush that I stopped and asked a neighbor for cuttings of, some pansies, some phlox and another annual that I can't think of the name of right now, and a cutting of the rose Love. Just potted up a rooted cutting of a tri-colored fuchsia that I started late last summer and kept in the house over the winter. That is real progress for me! |
Sorry you are having yucky weather too.
May 7, 2010 6:52 PM CST
|I am not so good at doing cuttings, unless it's the easy things like sedum. : )|
I am starting to get better at it.
I found a pore piece of verbena laying in a parking lot today out in the baking sun, and squashed. Can you believe I picked it up and brought it home? Well I did, and put it in a glass of water in the house. It already has started to plump up. If it makes it and roots, I will call it 'Parking Lot Waif'. What are the chances of it making it?
May 7, 2010 7:05 PM CST
|I think Verbena likes it hot. If it has revived I'd say you're off to a good start. I don't think I'd have rescued it, although I keep trying to keep this one particular baby bird in it's nest until it should be out. Not having much luck there. I put it back in tonight again, and it fell right back out. The nest is in the horse stall so I do try to help. It has no feathers, so I know it isn't ready to face the world yet.|
May 7, 2010 7:14 PM CST
May 7, 2010 7:24 PM CST
|Now don't start that. I think it's a grackle baby. Some folks don't even like grackles.|
I just like babies.
May 7, 2010 9:06 PM CST
|My Aunt Sue raised an orphaned grackle. It was so sweet.|