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How to Grow and Care for Phedimus


Phedimus is a genus of succulent plants in the family Crassulaceae, established in 2004. The first description was made in 1817 by Constantine Samuel Rafinesque.

The species are widespread in Europe and Asia. Most of them will be more familiar as species of Sedum, characterized by having flat, fleshy leaves with serrate or crenate margins. They are perennial or more rarely annual plants and many make excellent rockery or ground cover plants. A number of plants originating in well-watered parts of eastern Asia, with barely succulent, serrated leaves and robust growth habits, have consequently been transferred out of Sedum into the genus Phedimus.

The genus name derives either from the Greek word "phaidimos", meaning "shining", perhaps for the leaves of some species or relates to Phedimus, the Archbishop of Amasea and Metropolitan of Pontus.

Growing Conditions for Phedimus

Phedimus will thrive in conditions that many other plants thrive in, but will do just as well in less hospitable areas. These succulents have a slow to moderate growth rate, making them a popular choice for growing as a groundcover. They also grow well in containers.

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These are light-loving plants, growing best in full sun but also grow in light shade or partial shade. They grow best in warmer environments. Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

The soil does need to be well-drained. Very good drainage is important for preventing root rot or fungal diseases.

Phedimus are cold hardy succulents down to USDA hardiness zones 3a, −40 °F (−40 °C).

General Care for Phedimus

Phedimus are easy to care for but require a little grooming now and then to keep them from growing too wildly.

The best way to water these plants is to use the "soak and dry" method. Get the soil completely wet and then wait until the soil is dry before watering again. Phedimus are drought-tolerant, so they bear well if you neglect them for a while.

You can give it a balanced low-number fertilizer to help with poor soil.

Overwatering and overfertilizing can hurt the plants far worse than not watering or fertilizing.

How to Propagate Phedimus

Phedimus can be grown from seeds, division or stem cuttings.

Sow seeds in spring in well-drained soil in a sunny position. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle.

The best way to propagate is through cuttings. Allow cuttings to dry out before they can be planted in new soil.

Pests and Diseases of Phedimus

There are no serious insect or disease problems with Phedimus in particular. In some instances, slugs, scale, mealybugs, nematodes, aphids, and weevils may appear.


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