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What makes sedums flop like this?

I have a few of these sedums. They are 3 or 4 years old. This year they’ve done this. Was it the weather, or is it age? I’m planning to leave them and cut back as usual next spring. Is that the right thing to do?

Carmarthenshire (mild, wet, windy). Loam over shale, very slightly sloping, so free draining. Mildly acidic or neutral.


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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,844
    Quite common - lots of rain and warmth means lots of soft growth.  :)
    They'll be fine after cutting back next year, but you can put some supports in - early on  - to mitigate it. 
    If it happens regularly, you can do the Chelsea Chop thing in May. I can't do it here as they're only just growing a bit in May, but it seems popular in the south. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    Mine always do that, I don’t like then but the bees go crazy on them.
    apparently you can Chelsea chop then, I always forget though.  
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,844
    Snap @Lyn ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • EmerionEmerion Posts: 577
    Thanks @Fairygirl, I didn’t realise that the Chelsea chop applied to things like sedums. I think I’ll do half next year as a comparison. 
    Carmarthenshire (mild, wet, windy). Loam over shale, very slightly sloping, so free draining. Mildly acidic or neutral.


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,844
    Yes - some people do a half and half to get the best of both worlds   :)

    Mine grow through other plants, so it's not too big a problem, but if I cut mine back early, they wouldn't be flowering until late September/earlyOctober.  
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    Mine are only just coming into flower now without a chop.😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • EmerionEmerion Posts: 577
    Wow @Lyn , and you’re in Devon! I’m in south west Wales, not quite Pembrokeshire, so probably similar seasonally to you. Is it the variety? I have some others which were about a month behind these, but even they have been flowering for 3 weeks or so.  
    Carmarthenshire (mild, wet, windy). Loam over shale, very slightly sloping, so free draining. Mildly acidic or neutral.


  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    But there’s Devon and Devon I’m 960’ above on the edge of Dartmoor. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,844
    Mine haven't been starting into flower for more than a few days or so either, and they're mostly still buds. They normally be a bit earlier than that though.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,690
    Dividing them will also help. 
    "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour". 
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