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Quiz question: What was the perennial of 2011? Right, the stonecrop. Find out here what is so special about this plant and how it is grown.Perennial of the year 2001: Stonecrop (Sedum) |
The stonecrop, which is now available in many flower colors (white, yellow, red, pink) and has been chosen as the perennial of 2011, is found in many places by gardeners. The reason for this is that the plant variety, which consists of numerous subspecies, can be cultivated very easily and that its flowering begins in June and sometimes lasts well until autumn (October). In this extremely long flowering period, the stonecrop then becomes a magnet for butterflies and other insects.
The stonecrop originally from Asia is very suitable for cultivation in rock gardens or for green roofs! Especially since they are available in different heights of up to around 60 centimeters.
Here are a few particularly beautiful varieties of the stonecrop and also important information on growing and caring for the plant.Stonecrop - Sedum Telephium |
Our variety recommendations
- Autumn joy - very widespread variety, flowering into December
- Matrona - pink flower umbels, burgundy foliage, 50 centimeters tall
- Fulda glow - attractive, red colored leaf formation, similar to a ground cover
- Nanum - very low growing variety
- Angelina - 20 centimeters high, yellow flowers, orange-yellow leaves in autumn
- Coral Carpet - coral red flower that only unfolds in autumn
- Weihenstephander Gold - low growing variety grown in Bavaria, blooming yellow
- Robustum - bright red flowers that often last until November
- Purple stonecrop - very high growing variety, spreads over rhizomes
- Maximum - flower formation from green to yellow, extremely robust variety
- Carl - bright pink flowers that bloom into early autumn
- Chloroticum - white flowers, wintergreen
- Dark Red - red flowers, striking leaf formation, only 30 centimeters tall
- Brilliant - pink flower, very rarely found in the gardens
- Tripmadam - can also be used as a salad and spice plant
- Nice - blue-green leaf coloring, must be kept extremely dry, ideally in rock gardens
- Evergreen - also suitable for growing in partial shade
- Rose plate - dark pink flowers, only 30 centimeters tall
- John Creek - salmon red flower, dark red foliage, usable as ground cover
Cultivation of the stonecrop
The perennials, also known as stonecrops, which are available in herbaceous form, should always be planted in a sunny spot with the most permeable soil. Only a few varieties tolerate a light penumbra.
The stonecrop is also very suitable for growing in tubs, which is why you can easily keep this plant on balconies and patios. However, you should note that you use only drainable vessels.Stonecrop - Sedum spectabile |
Caring for the stonecrop properly
The stonecrop, which got its name from its thick fleshy, water-storing leaves, only needs little water during the season and is extremely sensitive to waterlogging. Because of this, you should only water the plant during longer dry periods and on particularly hot days.
You can usually do without fertilizing the plant all year round: you should only provide the stonecrop with full fertilizer if there is an urgent need. In autumn, however, you should supply the stonecrop with a little fresh compost.
Furthermore, the stonecrop is one of the hardy perennials, which is why you should only cut them back in spring, shortly before new shoots form. This has the advantage that even in winter the partially dried flower stems in combination with snow and ice still offer a particularly impressive sight.
Fat hens are suitable as cut flowers for the vase. You can also dry the stonecrop and incorporate it into wreaths and dry bouquets.
You can multiply the stonecrop as a cuttings in a water glass (cut off July / August), whereby it forms new root fibers after a very short time. Or by carefully dividing existing perennials in spring.