An extremely resistant succulent, Sedum kamtschaticum

General characteristics of the succulent plant Sedum kamtschaticum

Sedum kamtschaticum is a small perennial herbaceous succulent plant belonging to the Crassulaceae family that is widely cultivated in the world for ornamental purposes. It is a species highly prized for its resistance to drought and the beauty of its foliage and colorful flowering. This plant has a relatively slow growth compared to other species of the genus. Even so, the branching of its stems allows it to form small rounded colonies of much ornamental value. This natural formation of small colonies has allowed it to be used frequently to cover wide pots or green roofs.

This species is characterized by forming a short semi-erect stem of +/- 12 cm in height from which sprout numerous basal branches that will form small colonies. Stem colonies are very compact and can exceed 40 cm in diameter. All items have a very conspicuous light green color although, under conditions of intense lighting, they can turn reddish.

The leaves are arranged alternately forming rosettes very attractive. Each leaf has a bright green coloration very attractive (reddish if exposed to sources of intense lighting). Have oval-spatulate with the margin slightly toothing (mainly in the third end) are fleshy and measure +/- 6.5 cm long and +/- 4 cm wide.

The flowers are small but numerous are arranged in corymbose terminal inflorescences. Each inflorescence can house more than 15 flowers. Each flower is characterized by having 5-6 lanceolate segments in the corolla of bright yellow color, measure +/- 1 cm in diameter and possess the reproductive structures in the center of similar coloration to the corolla segments. The flowering season begins in late spring and early summer .

Tips for the cultivation of the succulent plant Sedum kamtschaticum

Sedum kamtschaticum is easy to maintain in the garden as it supports long periods of drought and is very resistant to attack by various pests. Then, the basic care that the species requires:

Lighting:

It is essential that it grows in a very bright place or in full sun. In intense tropical climates, it is recommended that you receive filtered sunlight during the warmest hours of the day. It should not be grown in shady places because its stems will be etiolated very easily.

Temperatures:

Tolerates a wide range of temperatures (0 °C – 30 °C) although it tends to lose part of the foliage under the influence of very cold temperatures. Its optimal range is between 18-25 °C.

Substrate:

It grows without problems on poor substrates in organic matter and very mineral. It is essential that the substrate where it is grown has perfect drainage because its roots rot easily due to excess moisture or prolonged water logging. Its roots tolerate the absolute dryness of the substrate; It is a species very resistant to drought.

Irrigation frequency:

During the hottest seasons of the year, it is essential to water every 3-5 days. The difference of days between one irrigation and another depends on the time in which the substrate dries completely. Water preferably with rainwater. During winter, it is advisable to water once every fifteen days or a month with warm water.

Pests and diseases:

Although it is a very resistant species to pests, it can be affected by mealybugs, aphids, mollusks, ants and pathogenic fungi. Control with specific pesticides as quickly as possible as soon as they are detected. Fungi attack mainly during the colder seasons.

Multiplication:

Very simple from cuttings of stems more than 6 cm long or by dividing the colonies.

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