TRAILING SEDUM/Sedum lineare Variegata
Manyare better known to gardeners as Stonecrops, and these are likely to be found on the rockery. However, there are many more species from other parts of the world which are not hardy, making this quite a large group within the family. Sedum lineare ‘Variegata’ has small narrow leaves and long slender stems, which grow quite quickly and soon become dense, prostrate clumps. It is an ideal plant for use in a hanging basket so that the fine foliage can cascade downwards.
It is a very easy plant to grow and is almost hardy. Sedum lineare ‘Variegata’ propagates easily fromif taken during the Spring or Summer.
This plant is quite tolerant of temperatures down to 5°C (40°F) in Winter if kept fairly dry. Like most plants, it will benefit from good ventilation, but not draughts.
The Trailing Sedum requires a bright situation at all times, but prefers semi-shade in mid Summer. They will grow happily on most window-sills.
Water the plant well during the Spring and Summer, then allow theto dry before watering again. During the Autumn and Winter months, keep the Trailing Sedum fairly dry, giving only enough water to prevent it from shrivelling badly.
Sedum lineare ‘Variegata’ has no special need of extra humidity and will benefit from a dry atmosphere.
Feed this plant regularly every 1-2 weeks during the Spring and Summer with afood, or one recommended for tomatoes at about half strength.
Grow in a well-drained compost containing about one third grit. Repot Sedum lineare ‘Variegata’ at least every two years.
This trailing succulent species is fairly drought-resistant, which makes it an ideal subject for hanging baskets. Although it is attractive on its own, try incorporating it into other arrangements, as its delicate variegated foliage will add a different texture.
During the Summer, take some long pieces from the plant and chop them into sections about 8cm (3in) long. Plant about six of these together in an 8cm (3in) pot and they should readily produce roots if theis kept slightly damp. In the Spring, plant-up a tub or basket with three or four miniature Geraniums and plant some of the Sedum between them so that they will hang over the edge of the container. The soft and delicate leaves of the Sedum make a pleasant foil for the harsher foliage of the Geraniums, and they all require fairly similar treatment.
Pests The main pests are Whitefly, Aphids and Mealy Bug. Dissolve Mealy Bug with a cotton bud and methylated spirit; control Whitefly and Aphids with a suitable systemic insecticide.