Asked by: Amadina Ferretti
home and garden landscaping

How cold can sedum take?

Last Updated: 7th January, 2020

20
Unlike most succulents, many stonecrops are extremely tolerant of cold weather and look great from spring through fall and into winter. Some are hardy in temperatures as low as minus-45 degrees Fahrenheit, even when exposed in pots during the winter. Stonecrops can look fantastic as a single plant in a mixed container.

Click to see full answer.

In this regard, is sedum frost hardy?

Sedums with fine, small leaves are generally more cold-hardy and less heat-tolerant than those with large leaves. Also freeze-tolerant, the 4-inch-tall lance-leaf stonecrop (Sedum lanceolatum) is hardy in USDA zones 4 through 9. It has yellow flowers, and its needlelike, gray-green leaves can turn red in winter.

Additionally, how cold can succulents tolerate? Succulents tend to prefer a temperate climate with the temperatures ranging from 60 to 80°F. Some can tolerate temperatures as low as 40°F or as high as 90°F. Gardeners sometimes use these extreme temperatures to “stress” their succulents into changing color.

Similarly one may ask, can sedum survive winter?

Most varieties thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 9 and are tolerant of cold, heat and dry soil. In colder climates, tall sedum dies back in winter and returns in spring.

Where does sedum grow best?

When & Where to Plant Sedum Light: Sedum (or 'stone crop flower') do best in full to part sun. While taller hybrids need full sun to flower their best, creeping types will grow fine in part shade. Soil: Sedums like a very well-drained soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH.

Related Question Answers

Alberte Cogolludo

Professional

How big do sedums get?

Sedum varieties vary in height. The smallest are just a few inches tall, and the tallest can be up to 3 feet. The large majority of sedum varieties are shorter and sedums are frequently used as ground covers in xeriscape gardens or rock gardens.

Dianelys Sanctis

Professional

How many types of sedum are there?

There are 3 varieties of sedum plants:
  • Tall border varieties (Hylotelephium or Sedum telephium) with dense, domed flowers and succulent leaves on 1- to 2-foot stems.
  • Creeping ground covers (Sedum) that produce clusters of star-shaped flowers.

Ivar Dulcet

Explainer

Will my succulents survive winter?

There are plenty of succulents that can survive outdoors through winter, even in very cold climates. These Hardy Succulents do well in cold, snowy winters. Then Indoor Succulents are for you! Top picks include Haworthia, Jade (Crassula), Gasteria, and Air Plants (Tillandsia) as they tolerate low-light conditions well.

Bernie Nothaas

Explainer

Is a sedum a succulent?

Sedums. Sedums, or stonecrops, are known for their signature shapes that offer neverending interest in the garden. The Latin name Sedum, meaning "to sit," is an appropriate name for these low-growing succulents. They're great for growing as groundcovers or trailing over the side of a container.

Shenika Segurola

Explainer

How do you separate sedums?

Steps
  1. Dig up sedum in early spring. Since sedum blooms in late summer and fall, the plant should be dug up and divided in early spring.
  2. Cut back the foliage to 2 inches (5.1 cm) above the plant's base.
  3. Water the plant.
  4. Use a sharp spade to dig around the plant.
  5. Lift the sedum out of the ground with your shovel.

Heitor Shalin

Pundit

Are sedum plants Hardy?

Sedum is a perennial plant with thick, succulent leaves, fleshy stems, and clusters of star-shaped flowers. There are many, many different varieties and species of sedum—also called “stonecrop”—which makes them suitable for use in almost any garden design. They're hardy, easy to care for, and beloved by pollinators!

Neri Rajal

Pundit

Are sedum drought tolerant?

Creeping sedums, also commonly known as stonecrops, offer unending interest throughout my garden. They are among the most versatile, drought-tolerant, and easy-to-grow perennials I've ever cultivated during several decades as a gardener. Sedums actually decrease work for a gardener as they increase in square footage.

Sales Jatskevich

Pundit

Do I deadhead sedum?

Since the dried flower heads are equally as attractive as the flower head in full bloom, don't deadhead sedums. After a freeze, cut the whole plant back to the ground and compost the tops.

Archil Kalthoff

Pundit

Can sedum be grown in pots?

When planting stonecrops in containers, the only real essential rule is to use a well-draining soil—stonecrops that remain saturated in moisture may develop root rot and turn mushy. Like succulents, sedums have roots which are pretty shallow, so they don't need a huge pot to thrive.

Sukayna Castarlenas

Pundit

Will sedum cuttings root in water?

"Autumn Joy" sedum roots easily from stem or leaf cuttings. You can do this any time the plants are actively growing. To keep them from drying out before planting, place stem and leaf cuttings in water or in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel. Use sharp scissors or pruners to take the cuttings.

Randy Ripa

Teacher

Does sedum need a lot of water?

The fleshy, plump leaves store water, making sedums tolerant of drought and dry, harsh conditions. All plants need water, and sedums are no exception — the trick is to water enough to keep the plants happy without watering too much. Sedum plants are easy to over water both in the ground and in containers.

Houssame Parra

Teacher

Should you cut sedum back in the fall?

You can remove these in fall or wait until early spring and then remove them to the rosette base. In cooler regions, the foliage will die back and form sweet little, new rosettes in spring. It helps this new growth emerge by cutting back sedum plants to the new growth and also forms a more tidy plant.

Aymar Dumitras

Teacher

What soil do sedums like?

No matter what type of stonecrop plant you buy you should plant it in well drained soil. Their fondness for well-drained soil makes sedum plants great for raised beds, hillside slopes, sandy soil, rock gardens, crevice gardens, containers, and green roofs.

Nevadita Barco

Teacher

Do bees like sedum?

Sedum has to be one of the most diverse plant groups in gardens. From low-growing, colorful ground covers to the upright stately 'Autumn Joy' sedum, their blossoms are intoxicating for many bees and flies. Many types of bees visit the blooms and are supported by these plants.

Torri Parvu

Reviewer

Can sedum live indoors?

Sedum is genus of succulent plants commonly known as Stonecrop. They are one of the easiest and most beautiful plants you can grow indoors. Growing Sedums takes little effort, but you must choose a variety suited to growing indoors and provide the right conditions. Most of the Hardy Sedums don't do very well indoors.

Bilal Veigas

Reviewer

Is sedum poisonous to dogs?

Sedum, carex, as well as artemesia are not included on the list of toxic plants for dogs according to the Animal Poison Control Center and the ASPCA. If you have a dog that likes to nibble in the garden, avoid using any harmful sprays on your plants.

Cortijo Torrez

Reviewer

What is the lowest temperature a succulent can handle?

Some plants prefer a nighttime temperature of 35-40ºF (some cacti and other succulents can endure temperatures well below freezing if kept absolutely dry.) More tropical succulents like adeniums, euphorbias, lithops, and stapeliads prefer a minimum of 50-60 degrees.

Reto Righi

Reviewer

What is the lowest temperature a plant can survive?

Rough guide for the lowest temperatures
  • Tender plants: 60°F (15°C)
  • Half hardy (many indoor plants): 50 - 55°F (10 - 13°C)
  • Hardy: 45°F (7°C)

Divino Desantis

Supporter

Why are my succulents dying?

Over-watering
While dead leaves at the bottom of your succulent are perfectly healthy, dead leaves on the upper parts of new growth are a sign of a problem–usually over- or under-watering. Soil can also cause problems for succulents, as I explain in this article.