It ate my sedum!

jnfr(z5b CO)July 8, 2011

I decided to put a sedum bed across the front of my front yard. In fact, I've gotten a bit obsessed with sedums and started a document full of pics and growing info, but that's a story for another time.

I picked up two pretty sedums to start with, a pot of Angelina and one of Red Carpet, but then my husband decided we needed to put in new mulch beds around a couple of the big conifers in our front yard, so I hadn't gotten around to planting them yet. They have been growing happily on a shady table in my back yard, so I wasn't worried about them.

Then I noticed that bits of the Red Carpet, and only the Red Carpet, were vanishing. One snip here, one snip there. Then last week I came out and the whole pot was sheared off across the top. A couple of bits were scattered around the table, but the rest was just gone!

The roots weren't disturbed, so I hope it will grow back, but clearly this is one very tasty sedum. The Angelina wasn't touched. In fact, I had tucked a broken piece of Red Carpet into the side of one of my big terra cotta pots that had an Autumn Joy in it, and whoever was so hungry (I suspect squirrels) had dug up that pot and taken even that little piece! The Autumn Joy was not touched either.

So now you know, sedum spurium are the ones you want if you get hungry.

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Skybird - z5, Denver, Colorado

I agree that is was probably a squirrel, Jnfr! I haven't had a problem for a couple years now, but one spring I had them chowing down on several of my different sedums! AND, they were running around "taking bites out of" my semps too! Not enough to decimate them, but enough to make them look really bad! I was trying to think of something to do to the squirrels to make THEM look really bad---if you know what I mean! ;-)

As long as there's anything left visible above the soil, your Sedum spurium should easily come back! Move it into more sun, and don't water it till it's most of the way dry--plants with little/no foliage use very little water--and sedums use very little water to start with! But if your Hungry Buddy is still around, cover it with some kind of wire or something to be sure it doesn't keep chewing it down! The year they took a liking to mine, it was pretty much a one-time thing for each plant--and they/it seemed to pick some varieties and leave the others alone too!

Also, in case you ever decide to come to a swap, I give sedum (and hen & chick) starts away at every swap! It would be a "cheap" way for you to get some other varieties--and once you have a start, you can keep making more and more cuttings, and get as much as you want!

Skybird

    Bookmark   July 8, 2011 at 10:04PM
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jnfr(z5b CO)

Thanks Skybird. The poor thing really looks sad.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 10:17AM
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highalttransplant(z 5 Western CO)

No squirrels in our subdivision yet, though I have seen them in town where there are more mature trees. However, my sedums, especially Angelina, and the semps get eaten every spring. The culprit here is Bambi. Fortunately for me, the deer move up into the high country for the summer. Mine always recover, but usually look lopsided for a while.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 6:10PM
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tommysmommy(Colorado)

My sister saw finches eating her sedum, it could've been that.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2011 at 9:32AM
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jnfr(z5b CO)

Birds! Yeah, if it wasn't squirrels birds are a definite possibility.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2011 at 5:44PM
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jnfr(z5b CO)

Update: sedum still very ragged but shows definite signs of life, and lots of small new growth around the stems. I moved it away from the tree (though the squirrels dig all over the yard). If they'll just leave it alone I think it might survive.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2011 at 2:05PM
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