Is there a better holiday gift for a succulent lover than an arrangement full of bright colors and interesting shapes? Looking for a present or a perfect succulent to kick a new year off yourself, Sedum nussbaumerianum aka Coppertone Sedum is worth your attention.
Coppertone Sedum– A Perfect Flame
Sedum nussbaumerianum aka Coppertone Sedum is an evergreen succulent, suitable for growing in outside gardens as well as planting indoors. This succulent will look amazing alone in a container, catching the eye with bright colors. You can also use it as ground cover or as an addition to dish gardens and in terrariums. Hanging baskets are also a great way to make Coppertone Sedum have its own show on your porch.
Coppertone Sedum forms rosettes up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall. This succulent can grow between 24 inches (61 cm) and 36 inches (91 cm) long. The stems of the rosettes are rusty brown and wiry. Those rosettes will multiply every year until a mature plant has many pups clustered around her. The leaves are puffy and pointed at the tips. What makes this succulent unique are colors leaves can be. They can vary from yellow-green if planted in partial shade to bright copper-red to rosy-gold in full sun. Coppertone Sedum blooms In late summer, while some varieties will bloom even in winter and spring. Flowers appear in large domed clusters. They are star-shaped and can vary from white to pink.
Grow and Care Tips
Coppertone Sedum is a native to Mexico. Therefore, it loves direct sunlight and high temperatures. However, the best place to plant this succulent outdoors is in a place where it can get some morning partial shade. This way, your Coppertone Sedum will reward you with beautiful, bright colors. In order to keep these colors when grown as a house plant, you’ll need to place it near the brightest window and protect it from sunburns from the glass.
This succulent isn’t cold hardy. If you live in the area where temperatures get below 30° F (-1° C), it’s best to plan Coppertone Sedum in a container you can move indoors in colder months.
When it comes to soil and watering, Coppertone Sedum has typical succulent needs. It will thrive in standard soil mix if you add some sand or pumice. It needs well-draining soil and if you choose to plant it in a container, a few extra drainage holes. This succulent will tolerate some neglect. On the other hand, if you overwater Coppertone Sedum, there are high chances for root rotting.
Coppertone Sedum is known for attracting butterflies. The flower heads will in time mature into maroon-brown seeds that become a great food source for visiting birds. However, this succulent is pretty insensitive to other common pests.
Coppertone Sedum is easily propagated from leaves, cuttings, and seeds. To propagate this succulent from the leaves, you`ll just need to choose a firm, healthy leaf. Remove the leaf from the main plant by gently twisting it from the stem. Be sure not to leave any part of the leaf on the stem. Allow the leaf to callous over for a few days before you lay it on a well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried completely. After roots and a rosette have appeared, and the mother leaf has withered away, you can plant the new growth.
For propagation from the cuttings, use a sharp and sterile knife to get you cut. Let it callus for a few days before planting it in fresh soil. If you choose to propagate Coppertone Sedum from seeds, sow them in well-draining soil in the fall. If you live in a warm area, you can grow the seeds outside. For areas with low temperatures, it’s safer to begin sowing indoors under a grow light.