Cutting back sedum

dannysmommyMay 2, 2010

I have a neon pink sedum that gets very tall and flops over. I was wondering if I could cut it back, as I do mums, to prevent this. Thank you.

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Yes, you can cut it, or pinch it back. I usually cut mine back when the stems are about a foot tall by half. It does work to keep them from flopping. Blooming may be delayed, but not significantly.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2010 at 6:55PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

if you have more than one.. experiment ...

mine used to do that on great soil.. with lots of water.. and some little fert ...

moved out here to pure yellow mineral sand... never water [it is blistering hot for z5 and dry as the sahara ] .. never fert ... and the things grow straight up ..

this is a plant that actually does better.. the more you abuse it ... or ignore it ....

you are lovin it up too much.. lol .. and making it floppy ...


    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 10:11AM
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Not only can you cut it back like you do a mum, but all of the pieces you cut off, if they're at least, say, 1.5 inches long, will root easily in moist, well-drained soil, so you can make LOTS of baby sedums this way.

I found this out once by accident when I trimmed a couple of mine and neglected to pick up the trimmings. Went back a week later, after a warm, rainly spell, and most of them were rooting into the moist, fluffy mulch. So, I planted them and made a big row of about 50 sedums in my vegetable garden.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 4:51PM
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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

My rule of thumb here in Ontario is to cut it back to about half size by Father's Day.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 8:09PM
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Thank you all! I'm gonna hack it back, and make some sedum babies!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2010 at 4:18PM
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