Sedum album (White Stonecrop) is a creeping, tufted perennial herb that forms mat-like stands. Much of the year the stems are short, semi-prostrate and densely clad in leaves. The dense foliage grows up to 10 cm (4 inches) tall and up to 45 cm (18 inches) wide. The leaves are small, succulent, linear-oblong, cylindrical to flattened, green and turn reddish-brown for fall and winter. The tiny, star-like, white flowers bloom in clusters in mid-summer, above the foliage mat.
Scientific Name: Sedum album
Synonyms: Leucosedum album, Oreosedum album, Oreosedum serpentini, Sedum athoum, Sedum clusianum, Sedum gombertii, Sedum micranthum,
Sedum serpentini, Sedum teretifolium, Sedum vermiculifolium
Common Names: White Stonecrop
How to grow and maintain Sedum album (White Stonecrop):
It requires full sun to light shade. Two to four hours of afternoon sunlight is best for the plant. South facing windows are ideal or west, north facing will not encourage growth.
It grows best in Well-draining soil. Use 2 parts potting soil, 2 parts coarse sand, 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite or crushed charcoal.
It Prefers ideal temperature between 65°F – 75°F / 18°C – 25°C during summer. Temperature no lower than 50 °F – 55°F / 10°F – 12.7°C is best. It does best in hotter conditions. Try not to keep the plant outside in freezing temperatures.
Sedum plant needs more water in the spring and summer, but you can allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between each watering. During the winter season, reduce watering.
Fertilize once a month with a diluted liquid fertilizer or use a slow releasing nitrogen-based fertilizer, during the spring and summer season.
It can be easily propagated by stem and leaf cuttings. you can break off one of the stems and push it into the ground where you would like to grow it. The stem will root very easily. Or Cut off leaves from the stem, let them dry, and then place the cutting into the soil. Keep the potting soil moist until the cutting begins to grow.
Re-pot your plant every year or every two years. As the plant grows, you should move it to a wider pot so the new stems and roots have enough room to develop. Repotting is best done during spring.
Pests and Diseases:
Sedum plant has is no serious pests or diseases issues. Watch for aphids and flies. You can dispose of them by spraying insecticidal soap or neem oil over the foliage.