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Sedum hernandezii is native to Mexico, where it grows on limestone slopes in a wide altitude range.
Sedum hernandezii is a succulent dwarf plant, forming clusters of short stems, filled with numerous, finger-shaped, thick, bright green leaves, arranged in four lines on the stems. The stems don’t exceed 20 centimeters in length, and are very crowded: they tend to occupy all the available space in the pot and might take on a prostrate habit. S. hernandezii is of the “jellybean” sedums, so called for their lovely plump and colorful, jellybean-shaped leaves. In S. hernandezii, they show a glowing, bright green colour. Flowers are grouped in little, umbrella-shaped clusters borne by an elongated stalk tinged in a paler green, almost yellow, taller than the stems.
S. hernandezii is not difficult to grow. Here below are our tip, which are very similar to the ones to cultivate any Sedum:
Put it in a bright spot, directly exposed to sunlight, to enhance the pink tinges of its leaves. A shaded position, along with too much water, can make your Sedum hernandezii weak (the leaves may easily break) and less red: this is the so-called “stretching” of Sedums.
S. hernandezii needs regular waterings during Spring and Summer, but don’t forget to wait for the soil to dry up completely before each watering, to avoid the risk of root rot. In Winter and during humid periods, thin the waterings until stopping completely to water during the coldest periods. The substrate should be well-draining and porous, with a good amount of organic matter as Sedums roots are shallow and develop mostly in the most superficial layer of the soil. This another reason, along with their tendence to develop horizontally, why it’s good to place them in a shallow but wide pot, not too deep. Sedum hernandezii, moreover, doesn’t like stagnant air: it’s important to place it in a spot exposed to drafts. Regarding the fertilization, slow release fertilisers with a low to moderate nitrogen content incorporated into the potting mix will do good if applied once a year to your Sedum.
The easiest way to propagate your Sedum hernandezii is undoubtely through stem cuttings, obtained by taking off the top of the stems with the rosette on it and replanting them in a porours, rich in organic matter substrate.
Sedum means ‘plant, annual herb’ in Latin. Such a generic name is justified by the wide distribution of this genus.
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