Wildfire Stonecrop, SunSparkler Wildfire Stonecrop
Hylotelephium 'Wildfire' SunSparkler®, Sedum 'Wildfire', Sedum 'Wildfire' SunSparkler®
This succulent is a part of the SunSparkler® series from the breeding work of Chris Hansen, who found it as a branch sport on a single plug of Hylotelephium 'Firecracker' in 2014.
Hylotelephium 'Wildfire', also known as Sedum 'Wildfire', is a colorful succulent with shiny-red leaves with contrasting hot-pink variegated edges that turn pumpkin-orange in fall. It is an attractive groundcover that quickly grows up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall and 18 inches (45 cm) wide, but it is also spectacular when grown in a pot. Flowers are pink, appear in terminal clusters from late summer to early fall, and last for several weeks. The foliage dies back to the ground in winter, and new growth appears in spring.
How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium 'Wildfire'
Light: This succulent prefers full sun. It tolerates light to partial shade in hot summer climates but will produce weak, floppy growth when grown in too much shade. Plant your H. 'Wildfire' in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.
Soil: H. 'Wildfire' does not need rich soil, but it does need excellent drainage. Choose a commercial potting mix for succulents, or make one yourself.
Hardiness: This plant is tolerant of heat and drought and is cold-hardy, making it a popular outdoor succulent. H. 'Wildfire' can withstand temperatures as low as -30 to 30 °F (-34.4 to -1.1 °C), USDA hardiness zones 4a to 9b.
Watering: The best way to water H. 'Wildfire' is to use the "soak and dry" method. Get the soil completely wet, and then wait until it is dry before watering again.
Fertilizing: Feed annually with a balanced fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer to the soil in spring as new growth appears, according to package directions.
Repotting: Plants in containers do require little more care than those in gardens. Repot your H. 'Wildfire' when it outgrows its current pot by moving it out to a larger pot to hold the plant better. Spring is the best time to repot this plant. Make sure the soil is dry before you begin the repotting process.
Propagation: This succulent can be grown from seeds, division, or stem cuttings. Sow seeds in spring. Dividing your H. 'Wildfire' is very easy and can be carried out at almost any time in the growing season, though it is probably best done in spring or early summer. Propagate by stem cuttings in summer.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium.
Toxicity of Hylotelephium 'Wildfire'
H. 'Wildfire' can be mildly toxic to humans and animals.
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