By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer
Also known as showy stonecrop or Hylotelephium, Sedum spectabile ‘Meteor’ is an herbaceous perennial that displays fleshy, grayish-green foliage and flat clumps of long-lasting, star-shaped flowers. Meteor sedums are a cinch to grow in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 10.
The tiny, deep pink flowers appear in late summer and last well into fall. The dry flowers are nice to look throughout the winter, especially when coated with a layer of frost. Meteor sedum plants look great in containers, beds, borders, mass plantings, or rock gardens. Interested in learning how to grow Meteor stonecrop? Read on for helpful tips!
Growing Meteor Sedums
Like other sedum plants, Meteor sedums are easy to propagate by taking stem cuttings in early summer. Just stick the stems in a container filled with well-drained potting mix. Place the pot in bright, indirect light and keep the potting mix lightly moist. You can also root leaves during the summer.
Plant Meteor sedums in well-drained sandy or gravelly soil. Meteor plants prefer average to low fertility and tend to flop over in rich soil.
Also locate Meteor sedums where the plants will receive full sunlight for a least five hours per day, as too much shade can result in a long, leggy plant. On the other hand, the plant benefits from afternoon shade in extremely hot climates.
Meteor Sedum Plant Care
Meteor stonecrop flowers don’t require deadheading because the plants only bloom once. Leave the blooms in place during the winter, then cut them back in early spring. The blooms are attractive even when they’re dry.
Meteor stonecrop is moderately drought tolerant but should be watered occasionally during hot, dry weather.
The plants rarely need fertilizer, but if growth seems slow, feed the plant a light application of general purpose fertilizer before new growth appears in late winter or early spring.
Watch for scale and mealybugs. Both are easily controlled with insecticidal soap spray. Treat any slugs and snails with slug bait (non-toxic products are available). You can also try beer traps or other homemade solutions.
Sedums should be divided every three or four years, or when the center begins to die out or the plant outgrows its boundaries.
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