Thursday, July 28, 2011

Autumn Joy Sedum Growing Tips

Shrub-like appearance:  Autumn Joy Sedum

Autumn Joy Sedum is an upright shrub-like plant that produces large showy flowers from August to October.  The flowers will change in color from rose pink, to pink-bronze and then copper red.  Grow sedum in containers, or in the ground next to a sunny garden path or in a rock garden.  The autumn joy sedum is eye appealing all season.

Autumn joy grows well in a sunny location that has well-drained soil.  If you reside in zone 3 to 9 and your summers are hot with little rainfall then autumn joy is a plant for you as it is drought and heat tolerant.  My summers are extreme with temperatures well into the upper 90’s to mid 100’s.  I do not have to water my sedum every day, however I do water it 1-inch per week and the plant foliage is green and healthy.  

The best time to plant is in the spring after the danger of frost has past.  Decide if you are going to plant sedum in the ground or in containers.  For growing in the ground you would ready the garden by removing the grass and then loosen the soil to 18 inches with your spade or tiller. Whenever I prepare a garden I remove all of the rocks and debris then I work the soil with my hands to remove the clumps.  A fine soil texture is best when rooting new plants.  Another thing that I do is amend the soil with organic matter; compost or manure. 

Plat the autumn joy sedum by digging a hole that is the same depth and width as the nursery container.  Gently remove the plant from the container.  You may need to lightly tap the container to remove the root ball.  Set the plant in the center of the hole.  Spread the roots so that they grow outward.  Fill in the hole with soil and water well.  Keep the soil evenly moist but not wet for the next 10 days.   If you intend to plant more than one sedum then allow a two foot space in-between plants.

Apply two inches of much around the stem.  The mulch will help deter weeds and will improve the soil.

Autumn Joy sedum flowers attract butterflies.

You may transplant sedum anytime during the growing season provided you keep the ground evenly moist until the roots take.

Instead of cutting back after a hard frost, apply two inches and mulch and leave the plant and the dried flowers.  The autumn joy sedum Will add winter interest to your yard and garden. 

Fertilize autumn joy sedum the end of July and you will have beautiful blooms in fall.

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