Beginner's Guide to Sedum Care

Welcome to Green Roofs Direct, home of the coastally grown, sea-hardened sedum.

Considering a sedum green roof? Here’s a little more information on the hardy plant that is at the centre of what we do.

Sedum is a type of succulent plant known for its hardiness and low-maintenance nature. 

These plants’  leaves store water, allowing them to thrive in dry, sunny conditions, whilst being hardy in winter months. 

They are used in our roof systems because they have the ability to withstand harsh environments with minimal care requirements, whilst adding beauty to the rooftops.

Let’s dive into a few of the benefits that sedum roofs can bring. 

1.  Sedum roofs help in stormwater management by absorbing and retaining rainwater, reducing runoff and lowering urban flooding risks. 

2.  Sedum plants also improve air quality through filtering pollutants and producing oxygen. 

3. Sedum roofs provide natural insulation to buildings, enhancing energy efficiency by keeping buildings cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. 

4. Sedum also increases biodiversity in the area by creating habitats for pollinators such as bees and butterflies. 

5. The visual appeal of sedum, with its vibrant colours changing by the season, enhancing urban landscapes, making the surroundings greener.

Here’s a few tips for keeping your sedum in best shape once installed

1. Watering - Once sedum has been planted, it will need watered regularly until the plants are established, typically for a few months after planting. Sedum is drought-tolerant and usually only requires watering during prolonged dry periods.

2. Weeding - Remove any weeds present on the roof to maintain a clean, healthy roof.

3. Fertilisation - Sedum generally doesn’t require regular fertiliser. If the sedum looks like it needs a lift, it may be beneficial to add some natural fertiliser to the roof to reinvigorate the sedum.

4. Cuttings - Taking cuttings from the sedum a few times a year can be really beneficial. This keeps the sedum clean and tidy.  Also, by leaving the cuttings from the sedum ,  these will take root and promote new growth to the roof.  

5.  Winter Care - Sedum may enter a dormant phase in winter, this is a natural state to protect itself from the winter weather. In winter it is beneficial to remove any leaves and/or other debris to prevent rotting.

This is where we come in!

Here at Green Roofs Direct we have a focus on the production of coastally grown, sea-hardened sedum, with a purpose to thrive in diverse and challenging environments. 

As the world's only coastal sedum growers, we hold an immense pride in our commitment to sustainability, and environmental drive. Our sedum is cultivated under harsh coastal conditions, resulting in plants that are resilient, ideal for green roof systems. 

With a focus on quality and durability, we offer a range of sedum-based green roofing systems designed to enhance rooftops, improve building efficiency, and contribute to the environment. 

Our products are tailored to meet various needs, from small shed roofs to large commercial installations, ensuring that every project benefits from the strength and beauty of our sea-hardened sedum.

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