How To Care For Sedum Kamtschaticum AKA Russian Stonecrop

This lovely semi-evergreen perennial ground cover plant is also known as Russian Stonecrop. Stonecrop’s creeping varieties are excellent groundcover plants, especially for hot, arid locations with poor soil. This species grows as a thick patch of tiny, scalloped green leaves that form a low carpet with starflower clusters of a bright yellow color occurring in the summer. 

Sedums that are low to the ground and spread outward provide a dense mat of leaves that is perfect for lining slopes, walls, and path margins. 

How To Grow

Small Sedum seeds should be sprinkled with fine sand for a uniform distribution. Six to eight weeks prior to the anticipated final frost, sow Sedum ground cover seeds indoors. Utilize tiny flats or pots and sterile starter fertilizer.

Before planting Sedum seeds, moisten the starter mixture. Without covering it, press the seed firmly into the moistened soil. While waiting for the Stonecrop seeds to sprout, keep them damp but not soaked. Use a spray bottle to sprinkle the seeds softly with water. Once the seedlings of Sedum have grown sufficiently, plant them outdoors. For optimal performance, established plants should be divided every three to four years.

Light & Temperature

They thrive in full sun, but your garden can have some shade as long as it gets six hours of direct sunlight each day. USDA Hardiness Zones 4 through 9 are suitable for your plant’s growth. It can withstand temperatures as low as –20 °F.

Water & Humidity

With this plant, you should apply the soak-and-dry technique. Before giving your plant another drink, soak it and let the soil totally dry off. A mature plant can go for several months without water since it is drought tolerant. It prefers to grow in dry, poor soil that is well-drained. And they don’t require additional fertilizer.

During the winter, avoid overwatering your plants because they will perish in soggy soil. Provide your plant with at least 6 hours of sunlight each day because too much shade is bad for it.

Repotting

You can either plant your store-bought plants in your garden or transplant them into free-draining soil in pots with drainage holes. They need room to spread out on the ground via short rhizomes, so space them 9–12 inches apart.

Propagation

Every two to three years, you can divide your plant to increase its size. The best time to complete this procedure is in the spring or early summer. The larger divisions can be planted immediately in their permanent locations, while the smaller ones can be grown in a cold frame.

Pruning

Early in the spring, you can cut your plant’s stems and dead flower clusters. Pinch back the taller types of your growing plants by half in the early summer to avoid splitting.

Pests

Although almost pest-free, it is prone to a few illnesses.

Diseases

You should avoid overwatering your plants and use well-drained soil to prevent fungal diseases and root rot. To prevent these illnesses, add 50% pumice, coarse sand, or perlite to the soil.

Final Thoughts

The main takeaway is that Sedum Kamtschaticum also known as Russian Stonecrop, is ideal for decorating your garden, and it is simple to propagate. It is, after all, a fantastic low-maintenance plant that looks its best at all times.