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VelvetAndroid


VelvetAndroid has reviewed 2 plants

Sedum spectabile 'Carl' Sedum

Posted: 10 November 2012
Overall: Excellent late-summer/autumn nectar source for bees, butterflies etc., flower heads darken to a lovely deep wine colour, loves the sun but tolerates some shade quite happily, doesn't mind being dry as it's a succulent, suffers no obvious pests and is easy as pie to propagate – if you give the plant the 'Chelsea chop' it makes it shorter and bushier later in the year, though with smaller flowers, and you can just pot up the prunings from this in the greenhouse and they'll root like nobody's business if you keep them well-drained. Accidentally overwatered my cuttings taken this way this year, so they rotted at the base, but still wasn't a disaster as noticed they were putting out rootlets from every leaf junction – so I carefully separated each individual leaf with new roots, laid these on a seed tray full of gritty compost and off they went again until I had a tray full of 9" young plants to plant out. A great, undemanding and useful space filler.

Sedum spectabile 'Carl' Sedum

Posted: 01 November 2012
Overall: Great late-summer/autumn nectar source for bees, butterflies etc., great wine-coloured flower heads, loves the sun but tolerates some shade quite happily, doesn't mind being dry as it's a succulent, suffers no obvious pests and is easy as pie to propagate – if you give the plant the 'Chelsea chop' it makes it shorter and bushier later in the year, though with smaller flowers, and you can just pot up the prunings from this in the greenhouse and they'll root like nobody's business if you keep them well-drained. Accidentally overwatered my cuttings taken this way this year, so they rotted at the base, but still wasn't a disaster as noticed they were putting out rootlets from every leaf junction – so I carefully separated each individual leaf with new roots, laid these on a seed tray full of gritty compost and off they went again until I had a tray full of 9" young plants to plant out. A great, undemanding and useful space filler.