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How do you care for sedum?

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Sedum, also commonly known as stonecrop, is a plant variety that is low maintenance and very easy to care for, according to The National Gardening Association. Sedum requires a site that receives full sun to light shade and has very well-drained soil, especially during wet summers, to keep the planting from developing any fungal diseases.

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The National Gardening Association recommends applying a thin layer of compost at the base of sedum plantings each spring, topped by about 2 inches of compost. This preventive measure helps to retain moisture and inhibit the growth of weeds. Water the plants if rain amounts to less than an inch per week during the summer.

Cut plants back to an inch or two above the soil line after the first killing frost in the fall. Every 3 to 4 years, divide sedum plants in the spring as new growth begins. To divide, loosen the soil around the plant, and lift the plant up with a spade or shovel. Use the edge of the spade to divide the plant into clumps, making sure a significant part of the root ball remains with each clump. Plant the clumps in a suitable location. Sedum attracts butterflies to the garden.

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