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My sedum - what’s gone wrong this year?

As in the photo. Is it a fungus? Some stems have turned black and broken off. Is there anything I can do?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,357
    I’ve only ever seen sedums (they’re called something else now beginning with ‘h’ but I can’t remember what it is so let’s stick with what we know for now 😉)
    …. as I said, I’ve only ever seen sedums do that when they’re in a damp shady spot,  or when other plants are flopping over them (as in my garden when I don’t keep up with things 🙄 ) … could that apply here? 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Yes they are in part shade which they don’t usually mind but maybe the bed’s damper or the other plants are encroaching this year. Thanks for your help
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,357
    It’s been a very damp year … the air had been damp even tho there’s not been a lot of rain … the farmers around here have found it almost impossible to harvest some crops as the air was so damp the grain wouldn't dry out enough to go through the harvesters. 

    I think I’d blame the weather if I were you … hopefully next year will be different … 🤞  
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • That’s really good to know, thanks. Is there any advantage in cutting them to the ground now? I usually leave them until I see new growth in spring
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,357
    I’ve always left them and cut back in the spring … in this garden they’re in the front which is a bit of a frost pocket so I won’t risk cutting them back early here. 

    Maybe someone else has a suggestion … ?
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,171
    Hylotelephium  @Dovefromabove ;)
    Terrible name isn't it?  :D
    I don't think that's anything too dreadful. Probably just damp, and a bit of rot. It's usually brown though. They look ok apart from that. 
    I do the same as @Dovefromabove - the stems stay on, and I just remove them when they're ready to come away themselves. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • B3B3 Posts: 21,464
    That happened to mine last year but they were alright this year. I didn't do anything.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Thanks all. I wont cut them back yet and will keep calling it “sedum” for as long as someone know’s what I’m talking about! 😜
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,171
    I think that's the best solution @jasminewhite - especially with the name  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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