Sedum Seeds - Roof Garden
USDA Zones: 3 - 10
Height: 8 - 12 inches
Bloom Season: Early Spring to late Winter
Bloom Color: Mixture
Environment: Full sun
Soil Typer: Drier soils preferred, but always well drained
Deer Resistant: Yes
Latin Name: Sedum
Temperature: 68 - 70F
Average Germ Time: 14 - 28 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Do not cover the seed but press into the soil
Sowing Rate: Approximately 1000 seeds covers 20 square feet.
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
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Care & Maintenance: Sedum
Sedum (Roof Garden Mix) - Create a green roof with Sedum seeds. Green roofs are becoming more and more popular in both rural and urban locations. They can be installed on flat roofs to roofs with a slope of up to 45 degrees. There are different ways of achieving a living roof. An extensive green roof is particularly low maintenance, generally planted with Sedum drought tolerant succulent plants and is designed to look after itself for most of the year. One of the reasons green roofs are becoming so popular is that they offer environmental benefits. Green roof seeds are easy to establish and with the increasing concern about the impact our development of the planet is having on the worldwide environment and the calling for sustainable development, green roofs offer a number of benefits over more traditional forms of roofing, helping to meet sustainable development objectives. Green roofs with sedum can:
Following a heavy rainfall a green roof will initially retain more rain than a conventional roof. This minimizes the initial heavy runoff, which can cause localized flooding and put pressure on the sewage system. The remaining water then drains off more slowly, allowing more rain to remain in the natural water cycle and less in the sewage system.
The soft layer of sedum blanket growing on a green roof has the affect of absorbing sound, as opposed to hard conventional roofs which can reflect it. In an already noisy urban environment this is certainly beneficial. The same layer improves the buildings sound insulation properties, reducing sound pollution within the building.
The addition of a green roof layer to a property increases its thermal insulation properties, making it warmer in winter, cooler in summer and reducing energy costs.
Natural Habitat for Animals and Plants
Green roofs can help compensate for the loss of green surfaces, sacrificed to building developments. This helps to provide an environment for the development of wildlife, especially bird, plant and insect life, increasing the biodiversity in our towns and cities.
Improving Building Aesthetics
The clever use of a green roof can help a large and small buildings blend into a surrounding green landscape, minimizing the impact it has on the immediate environment. Green roofs can be used to soften ugly flat roofs on extensions, garages, sheds etc. helping them blend more easily into their surrounding environment. Where a building is located in a more urban landscape, the addition of a green roof can introduce a very welcome green interlude in a heavily built up area, where green spaces are few and far between, substituting in some way for the loss of a previous greener landscape.
Perennial Sedum plants have been one of the best choices for green roofs due to the fact that it is an extremely adaptable plant. Its special properties include:
Low Maintenance once established sedum forms a tightly knit drought tolerant sedum carpet, which allows little room for the development of weeds and can be left largely unattended. This makes it perfect for use on sedum roofs.
Low Growing sedum is a low growing plant, which generally reaches a height of 2 inches to 5 inches (up to 12 inches when in flower). It does not become overgrown and does not require regular cutting or pruning ideal when used on a sedum roof.
Colorful Hues by mixing a number of different varieties of sedum together as in this Sedum Roof Garden Mix, the sedum turf will have a beautiful mix of colors (greens, yellows, reds and purples) and textures. As an evergreen it continues to provide a changing display of color throughout the winter months. When used to create a sedum roof it will provide a beautifully changing display throughout the year.
How About A Living Roof?
As it turns out, your roof can be a great place to grow plants...specifically this sedum mix!
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How To Grow From Seed
Seeds can be planted from January to March, or from June to August for flowering the next year. Cold climates will extend cultivation time, but plants will start to grow in the spring when temperatures reach about 60F-65F degrees. It is best to start sedum indoors in cells or pots. Place seeds lightly over surface of soil, and cover very lightly. Keep soil moist. Place pot or seed tray in a plastic bag for insulation, and place in a warm space.
- Sowing Rate: Approximately 1000 seeds covers 20 square feet
- Depth: Do not cover the seed but press into the soil
- Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
- Average Germ Time: 14 - 28 days
For outdoor planting, make a fine, well-drained seed bed. It is ideal to mix the seed with sand first. Rake seed into seed bed, and water gently. If planting through winter, use an outdoor cover to ensure seeds remain frost-free.
- Bloom Season: Early Spring to late Winter
- Height: 8 - 12 inches
- USDA Zones: 3 - 10
- Season: Perennial