Sedum Pulchellum (Sea Star) Planting and Care

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Sedum Pulchellum Sea Star

Sedum Pulchellum, also known as Sea Star is a beautiful ground cover plant that can grow in many different climate conditions. This is a perennial plant that can easily be frown from seed. It is native to North America and is a popular garden plant to have in your garden.  

Sea Star is a succulent with a mounding habit that forms an evergreen foliage and grows close to the ground. It has beautiful star-shaped flowers in pale pink color, which is how it got its name. It is a great choice for ground cover in the garden, but it can also be grown in alpine or rock gardens.

Sedum Pulchellum grows around 4 inches at maturity, although it can grow up to 8 or 9 inches in height. It should be planted one feet apart, because it can spread easily.

It generally does not require much care to thrive. It prefers full sun, but it can also grow in partial shade. This is a great choice for beginner gardeners looking for a lovely ground cover plant for their gardens. In general, these are hardy plants that do not require much attention, so you won't need to dedicate a lot of time to them. They will thrive even in conditions that would be dangerous to other plants. Sedum Pulchellum is a great choice for parts of gardens that get too much sun or too little water for growing other, more demanding plants.

Planting Sedum Pulchellum Sea Star

Sedum Pulchellum has small seeds that are relatively easy to start, so you should not have many issues with it. However, keep in mind that the seeds are truly tiny, so they might be difficult to see. You may mix them with fine sand or talcum to achieve even sowing.

Before planting Sea Star in the garden, you should start seeds indoors. Do this around 6 to 8 weeks before the projected last frost in your area.

You can use flats or small pots for starting seeds. It is best to use a sterile starter mix for planting seeds. Pre-moisten the soil and sow the seeds on the surface. Once this is done, simply press the seeds into the moist soil. Do not cover the seeds.

Make sure to keep the seeds moist but not waterlogged until they germinate. It is best to water them from the underside of the pot. You may also use a spray bottle to mist the seeds lightly until they germinate.

Once the seeds germinate and you see seedlings establishing themselves, you should move your Sedum Pulchellum into the garden. Planting is very easy. For smaller varieties, you should simply lay the plant on the ground where you wish it to grow. It will be enough to establish the plant because it will send out roots on all places where the stem touches the ground. The plant will root itself quickly in this manner.

For taller varieties, you might add a very thin covering of soil over the plant, to help it establish itself. However, you may also break off one of the stems and push it into the ground where you wish to grow it. The stem will easily root and the plant will establish itself in one or two seasons.

Sedum Pulchellum Care Requirements

Sedum Pulchellum can grow in USDA hardiness zones from 6a to 9b, which means that it will thrive in temperatures between -10 degrees F and 30 degrees F. It will also do well in pots or baskets, so you can choose many different places for it.

This is a succulent, which means that it is resistant to droughts. While you should not deprive your Sea Star from water completely, it can live even when there is some neglect. It is also a good choice for places that do not get much rain.

Sea Star prefers full sun and will typically produce its most beautiful flowers this way. However, you can also grow it in a bit shaded areas, although it will not thrive. Because of this, it is best to plant Sedum Pulchellum in very sunny areas where other plants cannot thrive.

This plant is not known for specific diseases or pests, so it is typically grown without many issues. However, observe your plant regularly to notice any potential problems. Slugs and snails may feast on it, so these are the most common pests you may encounter with Sea Star, particularly when grown as a ground cover.

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