Sedum Makinoi is a gorgeous hardy plant. They are drought tolerant creeping succulents that look stunning in hanging baskets and pots. They can be grown outdoors also as dense ground covers. Sedum Makinoi is also known as Sedum Tornado or Sedum Tundra or Stonecrop. These plants are native to Africa and South America and belong to Crussalaceae family. They are nicknamed Stonecrop because only stones need no care and live longer.
Sedum Makinoi is low growing perennial succulents with disc-shaped leaves on trailing stems that can grow approximately 15cm long. The plant’s leaves are small, green, fleshy and arranged in a rosette form, making them look wonderful. The colour of the leaves intensifies in cool temperatures. This plant’s flowers are yellow, star-shaped, and bloom in spring and summer.
Sedum Makinoi is an extremely low maintenance plant that can live long.
SEDUM MAKINOI CARE
LIGHT AND TEMPERATURE Requirements
Stonecrop plant is a sun-loving plant and does not mind staying in full sun or part shade; therefore, they can be grown outdoor as groundcovers and indoor in pots or baskets. Place them near a sunny window when kept indoor where they receive at least 6 hours of sunlight in a day or under artificial lighting. As mentioned earlier, Sedums are robust plants; they are frost and heat and drought-tolerant plants. In temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius, Stonecrop plants go dormant so keep them indoors during winters.
Ensuring that the pot or basket in which you are growing Sedums has a good quality drainage system is essential. Cacti or succulent soil mix is the preferred soil mix for these plants. You can make the same at home by mixing potting mix and perlite in a ratio of 1:1. You can add compost or worm casting to add nutrition to your soil mix. Perlite can also be substituted by coarse sand or pumice to make your soil well aerated.
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Sedum Makinoi WATER Requirements
Sedum Makinoi is succulent and does not need to be watered frequently. Watering them once a week during spring and summer is enough whereas during winters you can reduce the sessions to once in 2-3 weeks depending upon how dry the soil is. Plants grown in pots and containers need more watering than those growing in the ground.
Sedum Makinoi does not need too much fertilising. Adding compost or worm castings will provide enough nutrients to the plant, but you can still fertilise diluted liquid fertiliser once a month during spring and summer.
PRUNING and REPOTTING
Pruning is not necessary unless your sedum Makinoi are going wild. You can remove dead foliage and stems. Sedum Makinoi can be repotted in the spring season if they grow out of the existing pot. Sedums have a shallow root system; therefore, be careful while repotting to damage the roots.
Sedum Makinoi can be propagated easily through the stem and leaf cuttings during the spring and summer seasons. The cuttings can be propagated in water or soil. Sedums can also be divided to propagate them. Propagating sedums by seeds is a relatively slow process that might or might not be successful.
Propagating by leaf or stem cuttings: Take a healthy leaf or stem cutting and directly place them in water. When the roots develop in a week or two, transfer your cutting into the pot with a succulent soil mix. If you want to propagate in soil then after taking the cutting, let it callus for two days and then place it in soil. The roots will develop in a few weeks. Remember to keep the soil moist till the plant gets established in the soil.
Stonecrop plants are considered to have minimal toxicity and are considered safe for pets like cats and dogs and children, therefore there is nothing much to worry about Sedum’s toxicity nature.
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PESTS and DISEASES
Sedums are quite resistant to pests and diseases. But still, you must keep an eye on your plant for any pest attack such as mealy bugs, aphids or flies. Outdoor plants might get attacked by snails, caterpillars and slugs. Treating them insecticides can solve the problem. Spraying them with Neem oil solution in the evening has proved to be very effective in keeping the pests away. In winters and wet conditions, the plant might get susceptible to rot, fungus attack and mould diseases.
If you want to try a readymade solution to deal with insects, try multipurpose insecticide spray which helps you to control insects like Aphids, Spider Mites, Japanese Beetles, Caterpillars, diseases like Fungicide controls Black Spot, Powdery Mildew.
In addition to the insecticide, you can also use these easy to use Sticky traps to attract flying inspects for indoor and outdoor plants. These insects traps are easy to use.
Sedums are stunningly beautiful and versatile plants that can thrive in harsh conditions with very little attention or care. These features make this plant the first choice for every beginner. They look cool in small containers on your coffee table or desktop and do really well in indoor environments.
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