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Sedum telephium ‘Autumn Joy’ – how to grow, soil conditions, fertilizer etc.




One of the most popular perennials on the market today. This hardy, upright selection sports light green leaves and deep rose flowers which age to a beautiful bronze.

Characteristics of Sedum – Autumn Joy

– Tall, upright sedums form substantial clumps of foliage which can be substituted for shrubs in the landscape.
– Their stout, sturdy stems support the massive flower heads which develop in summer and burst into bloom in fall.
– If left standing, they provide winter interest and food for birds.
– The tiny little foliage “cabbages” appear by late winter, and develop into a tidy low mound by summer.
– It is 2 feet tall and wide, with succulent stems and leaves.
– Autumn Joy looks great with ornamental grasses.
– The long-blooming flowers change from deep pink to copper.

Care

Sedum prefers moderately fertile, moist soil in full sun, but can take it drier. ‘Autumn Joy’ can be tip pruned at 6 to 8 inches to shorten the plant, but this will also delay flowering.

Propagation

Take softwood cuttings or root leaves in early summer. Start seed of hardy species in fall. Divide in spring.

<>Problems: Fairly trouble free, but watch for mealybugs, scale insects, slugs, and snails, as well as bigger critters, including deer.





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