QUICK REFERENCE PLANTING GUIDE
1. Light/Sun Exposure - Full sun, full shade, partial shade, and partial sun.
2. USDA Hardiness Zones - 3 to 9.
3. Planting Distance - 5 inches apart in ground.
4. Mature Height/Spread – 3 to 8 inches tall with and 12 to 15 inch spread.
5. Bloom Time - Summer to fall.
6. Planting Instructions - First, you'll need to decide how you want to use your tile. While you can plant the entire tile as one piece, you'll get the most enjoyment by cutting it into pieces or designs. For example, one tile can be cut into 75 two inch squares for mass plantings or to plant in-between pavers in a footpath. You can cut the tile into shapes, long strips or even letters. Pieces can be cut to make a living roof on a birdhouse or to fit irregularly shaped planters or other spaces. The only limitation is your own creativity!
Rake or till the soil to loosen it up. Lay the sedum tile or pre-cut pieces on top of the soil. Press down firmly to ensure the roots are making proper contact with the loosened or tilled soil.
Water immediately after planting the sedum tile to ensure the roots have been thoroughly saturated and to allow them to make better contact with the loosened soil. Once planted, your sedum will begin setting roots and, as the weather warms, begin showing new growth.
Although these plants will perform well in average garden soils of all types, we recommend having your soil tested periodically by the local County Extension Office. These tests can determine if the soil needs any amendments to enhance your plants' growth and performance. See below for our recommended practice to improve your soil without any additional testing:
1. Spade or till the soil to a depth of 12-18 inches.
2. To provide nutrients and improve drainage, add organic matter to your soil by mixing in a 2 to 4-inch layer of dehydrated manure, garden compost, shredded leaves, and/or peat moss.
3. After active growth begins, periodically feed with Cottage Farms' water soluble Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster. Plants in containers need more frequent watering and feeding, especially when in active growth and bloom.
Water - Your plants require 1" of rainfall (or equivalent watering) each week when planted in the ground. Do not allow plants in containers to dry out. In a container that is exposed to full sun, water it well at least once every other day, and possibly every day, during periods of intense summer heat. You may wish to temporarily move containerized plants to an area where they are shielded from the hot summer sun (i.e. in the shade of a tree, on a porch near an overhang).
Weeding - Keep the area around your plants free of weeds. Weeds compete with other plants for food, water and light. Walk around the garden periodically and pull weeds, including the roots, as soon as you see them.
Grooming - Clip off dead or unsightly growth to maintain attractive form and shape.
Feeding - Feed your plants once every 2-3 weeks during the growing season with a water-soluble fertilizer such as Cottage Farms' Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster. Discontinue feeding after September 1st so your plants can harden off for winter dormancy. Resume fertilizing when new growth appears in the spring.
Winterizing - Sedum is very winter hardy and does not require any special winter protection when planted in-ground. In very cold areas, containerized sedum can be brought into an unheated garage or cellar before temperatures drop below freezing. Check soil moisture every 2 to 3 weeks and water as needed during the winter.
In spring, ring containerized plants back out into the garden sunlight where they will immediately begin to repeat their yearly garden performance.
CAUTION: Not all plant material is edible. Though most plants are harmless, some contain toxic substances which can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, or other discomforts. As a general rule, only known food products should be eaten. In case of ingestion, please contact your local poison control center at once and advise them of the plant ingested. Keep out of reach of children.