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The Versatile Lemon Coral Stonecrop
Lemon Coral stonecrop (Sedum mexicanum) might look dainty, but this versatile, tender perennial is a sturdy foliage plant that withstands heat and drought. The plant is hardy in zones seven through eleven.
Lemon Coral stonecrop should be available at local garden centers and nurseries. It is marketed in the familiar Proven Winners pots.
The plant is a good choice for frugal gardeners because the plant is versatile enough for both indoors and outdoors. Although it is mainly used as a seasonal annual, the plant need not be discarded at the end of the growing season. In cold climates, gardeners can bring the plant indoors in a sunny window or conservatory where it will provide beautiful color throughout the winter.
Indoors, Lemon Coral will brighten those gloomy winter days. This is an ideal choice for growing under lights indoors.
Lemon Coral stonecrop features tiny, needle-like, lime colored succulent leaves. Because the foliage is so densely spaced, it bears a resemblance to some types of moss rose or purslane. Only three to ten inches tall, this can be planted outdoors in the spring once the frost is past.
This lovely succulent can be grown outdoors in hanging baskets and in all sorts of pots and other planters. When grown alone in a pot, it makes a beautiful accent plant. In addition, Lemon Coral is versatile enough for mixed planters containing assorted flowering and foliage plants. As a seasonal annual, it also fits nicely into beds and borders wherever a touch of beautiful foliage is needed.
Gardeners in warm climates will also find Lemon Coral stonecrop is a good choice for rock gardens and trough gardens. This vigorous, adaptable, easy to grow plant is undemanding. It doesn’t require a lot of watering. This does best when the soil is kept slightly dry.
When growing this in containers, use a cactus-succulent mix for the plant does require good drainage. The best containers for growing succulents indoors is either shallow broad ones or hanging baskets for these allow good aeration and good drainage.
Lemon Coral thrives in full sun. When bringing this plant indoors for the winter, keep watering on a regular basis so long as it is actively growing. Once growth ceases, the plant has entered its rest period. At that point, reduce watering so that the potting soil becomes quite dry before adding water.
For the most part, this plant won’t need any fertilizer when it is grown indoors.
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