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Now, if you want a plant with a split personality, look no further than the Coppertone Sedum. It is one melodramatic plant that grows well in a succulent garden. The Sedum nussbaumerianum grows into a short bush that spreads as a ground cover outdoors.
Yet, it is a cute indoor plant, and many gardeners overlook it. A notable thing about the Golden Sedum is the banana-shaped leaves. So, if you do not have one or planning to get one, we have all the tips for you here to care for this gorgeous houseplant.
What is Sedum Nussbaumerianum?
The Coppertone Sedum you find growing in Mexico belongs to the Crassulaceae family. It is a beautiful succulent plant many people overlook. Another fascinating thing is the plant has many names:
The plant has plump leaves with yellowish-green hues in the shade with a copper tone exposed to direct sunlight. The plant can also reach between 24-inches and to 36-inches long. It grows rosettes up to 3 inches.
When the Coppertone Sedum blooms, you see clusters of white star-shaped flowers.
Sedum Nussbaumerianum Care
As with most succulent plants, Coppertone Sedum can beautify your living space and purify the air. Another striking thing is that the plant also improves the humidity, making it an exceptional houseplant. Even caring for them is low maintenance, and they grow well in desert gardens as well.
Another great thing is when the plant matures. Then, it spills out of the pot for a lovely display.
Potting Mix That Works for Golden Sedum
Like most succulent plants, your Coppertone Stonecrop needs to grow in a well-draining potting mix. You can use a cactus mix that you combine with some perlite for well-draining soil. You can use a ratio of 2:1 cactus mix with the perlite or increase the perlite to a 1:1 solution for humid areas.
Or you can choose sandy soil for added drainage. The important thing is that the water needs to drain well.
Light Needs to Grow Sedum nussbaumerianum
Depending on if you plant indoors or outdoors, the lighting conditions will vary for the Sedum nussbaumerianum. Indoor plants need a bright spot to receive a lot of light. You can try an eas-facing window.
You may find that a west or south-facing window works, but you will need to move your plant a couple of times to find a perfect spot. If you notice your succulents suffering from a lack of light, move them to a brighter place.
A telltale sign is when the foliage starts to reach out for light and grows a bit leggy. Hence, your Coppertone Stonecrop needs adequate light as they cannot tolerate low light for long. Therefore, the best thing for your outdoor plants is to place them in partial shade to full sun.
The Sedum nussbaumerianum can tolerate full sun, but you first need to acclimate them to prevent sunburn if you take them outside. The more sun exposure they get, it increases the copper-orange hue.
So, the more sun your plant receives, the more the color displays. Yet, when you keep them in the light shade, they will turn green. Also, keep in mind even if your plant can tolerate direct sunlight, it can still burn the leaves in intense heat.
How to Water Sedum nussbaumerianum
Achieving the proper watering schedule all depends on where you live. These plants can tolerate dry conditions. Your Coppertone Sedum can thrive when you give them enough water. But they cannot handle standing in too much water.
So, the best is to check in what climate you live to water your plants accordingly. For example, you may water your Golden Sedum planted outdoors more in summer and less when the weather is cool.
You will mostly rely on the rain for outdoor plants, but we recommend checking the soil moisture before watering for indoor plants. If you live in a high humidity region, your succulents do not need water often.
Temperature and Air Humidity
If you live in the USDA hardiness zones nine to eleventh, your Sedum nussbaumerianum Coppertone can handle mild frost but not for long periods. Still, if you live in extreme winter conditions, we recommend planting your Coppertone Stonecrop in containers to bring indoors.
Tips to Encourage Coppertone Sedum Blooms
The first thing is to give your plant time as a mature plant will reproduce flowers. Also, provide your Sedum nussbaumerianum enough light throughout the year, keeping it in a sunny location even in winter.
Your plant also needs the right temperature during the day and night from summer to winter to encourage blooms. Yet, your succulent plant prefers a cooler nighttime temperature to help mimic its natural habitat.
Also, consider the winter temperatures as overwintering if freezing is best for your plant to flower. Preferably keep them indoors in a non-heated room. While fertilizing is not a must, it can provide your Sedum nussbaumerianum with the necessary nutrients for growth.
The best time to feed your plants is in the growing season in spring and summer. The recommendation is a 1/4 or 1/2 strength every two weeks. In winter, you can refrain from feeding your houseplants.
How to Propagate Sedum nussbaumerianum
When you have such a beautiful succulent, you always want to have them available in your home and garden. The best way to achieve this is to propagate Sedum nussbaumerianum. Of course, the easiest method is to use stem cuttings.
Yet, you can use the leaf cuttings as well. So, to help you multiply your plants, you can find both the techniques here.
Get a cutting from the stem and leave it to dry for the day. Choose a plant with a healthy leaf.
Then dip the cut end in a rooting hormone but optional, and you can skip this step.
Next, place your cutting in soil that drains well and keep it in direct sunlight.
You can keep the soil moist by misting it when dry.
After a week or two, you will notice new roots developing, and after six weeks, it should be fully rooted with new growth.
Once you notice a root system, you can cut back on misting your plant and give it regular watering.
Gently tug at a healthy leaf to remove it from the mother plant with the base. We recommend taking more than one leaf as not all of them might work.
Leave the leaves to dry for a day or two but not in direct sunlight.
You can now dip the cut end into a rooting hormone to speed up the process.
Prepare your potting mix and lay the leaves flat on the soil, or you can stick the cut ends into the well-draining soil.
In about two weeks, you should notice the leaves rooting, and after a couple of more weeks, a new plant develops.
As with your Coppertone Stonecrop, you can find many other varieties to add to your collection.
The Tiscalatengo Gorge Sedum is another exceptional houseplant. It has bluish-green leaves that also form a rosette shape. When under stress, the leaves turn a light pink shade.
The succulent plant has different names and is mainly known as the Corsican Stonecrop. There are two types of plants, one that grows small and the other larger. The smaller plant also has bluish-green with a hint of purple leaves and forms a shrub.
While the larger one is bluish-gray with white flowers with black dots.
The plant is part of the subgenus Hylotelephium and grows well on hillsides and rock gardens. It is part of the endangered species, but you can grow them at home. When in bloom, you see a display of yellow star-shaped flowers.
Sedum Nussbaumerianum Diseases and Pests
As with any plant, you will find some common problems ranging from brown leaves to leaves turning mushy or yellow. If you notice the leaves turning brown, it can result from sunburn.
It means that your Sedum nussbaumerianum Coppertone is getting too much afternoon sun. Moving your plant to a shadier place helps. You can then trim the brown and spotted leaves for new growth to develop.
When the foliage is soft or looks mushy, it results from overwatering and will look unwell. Still, watering too much leads to root rot if the water does not drain away from the plant well.
We recommend letting your plant dry out for a while to recover. If the soil does not dry out fast enough, you can remove the plant and place it in fresh soil that drains well. It is also a great time to check for root rot and save anything green to repot.
When you notice yellow leaves, it can result from a cultivation problem. The soil can be too wet or not draining fast enough. If needed, repot your plant in a cactus potting mix with perlite and coarse sand added.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Coppertone succulent grows mainly outdoors, but you can grow them as an indoor plant. It is a low-maintenance plant that is heat tolerant and needs morning sunlight with partial sunlight in the afternoons.
You can grow Sedum in a rock garden or a pot using well-drained soil to prevent waterlogging. We recommend ensuring that the excess moisture drains from the pot to avoid wet feet.
The growth depends on your climate, watering needs, fertilizing and the soil type used. It will remain small for a while when grown indoors, while the ones growing as ground cover can spread up to an inch a month during spring and summer.
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