Stonecrop Morgan: Original Ampel Succulent
Stonecrop Morgan (sedum morganianum) is an original ampelous species of an extensive family of succulents under the general name sedum. More than 500 species of this amazing plant grows around the world.
Morganium is also called a donkey’s tail, hernial grass, and febrile grass. The plant is unpretentious and amazingly tenacious, but it also requires respect for itself.
Homeland plants, botanical signs and areas of distribution
The birthplace of stonecrop Morgan - the territory of South and Central America. In countries with a temperate climate, where temperatures are low in winter, the plant can only live indoors.
Comfortable habitats of stonecrop Morgan in the cold regions of Russia are greenhouses and apartments.
The appearance of the succulent attracts attention with its beautifully hanging lashes with many small fleshy light green leaves.
The length of the leaves is 2.5–3 cm. The surface of the leaves and stem is covered with a waxy coating that protects the plant from sunlight.
He does not have side shoots, all lashes are formed in the root system. Hanging down, they can reach a length of 1.2 m. The flower at the sedum is small, colored in pink or purple. It has a long peduncle that appears at the end of the stem.
This type of sedum has not only an attractive appearance, but also a strong positive energy. In the house where he grows, there are no quarrels and scandals.
Skinny Morgan supports weak family members, calms the anger of elders, improves the atmosphere in the house.
In folk medicine, the plant is used to quickly heal burns, ulcerative skin lesions, cuts and abrasions. From the leaves of stonecrop make gruel and apply to the affected areas at night in the form of a compress.
This gruel also helps in the treatment of hemorrhoids. Wrapped in gauze, it is applied to inflamed knots 3-4 times a day.
Infusion of flower leaves helps to cope with a cold. To prepare it, take fresh leaves, pour a glass of hot water, bring the water to a boil and leave to infuse for 30 minutes. Take a folk medicine 2-3 times a day, 1 tablespoon after a meal.
Attention! You can’t drink infusion of stonecrop at night: it has an exciting effect.
Morgan's sedum juice is poisonous, so pots with plants should be placed so that children and pets cannot reach them.
Keep in mind that flower lashes are very long. When working with it, be sure to use gloves and wash your hands after all mani.
How to grow in an apartment?
For proper development, plants are placed in hanging pots and placed on tall flower stands or shelves. If this is the first time you have taken the reed of Morgan to your house, pay attention to the fragility of its stems.
Do not place the plant in the passage places: the slightest movement, and fragments of the flower will fly to the floor.
Location and light
Sedum Morgan loves sunlight, but on very hot days, it is better to shade the plant so that it does not get burns. From the active supply of ultraviolet, the leaves of the plants lose moisture and they wrinkle.
For the normal development of stonecrop, he needs a 10-hour daylight.
A plant can get enough light on the south side of the house. If your windows go to other parts of the world, stock up on a phytolamp. It gives the spectrum the flower needs.
When growing stonecrop in open ground, he selects a place where the sun is only in the morning and in the evening.
Humidity and Temperature
Unpretentious succulent calmly tolerates temperature extremes. In the summer, it’s quite suitable for 24 ... 28 ° C. For the winter, the plant needs to be cleaned in a cool room where the air temperature does not exceed 12 ° C. In this mode, the vegetation slows down, and the stonecrop comfortably lives in a dormant period.
For itself, a source of moisture, roomwash loves low humidity. It does not need to be sprayed often. Occasionally, it can be lightly sprayed to remove dust from the leaves.
The easiest choice for the right soil is to buy it in a store. Stonecrop is a mixture for cacti and succulents. The soil should be loose, have a neutral acidity and pass air and moisture well.
With independent preparation of the soil, you need to take in equal proportions garden soil, peat and river sand (coarse-grained). Be sure to use drainage (expanded clay, small pebbles, clay shards). Pour about 2-3 cm.
The pot should be shallow. The root system of stonecrop develops in the upper layers of the soil; for normal growth, 5–10 cm of depth is enough for it.
Sedum Morgana, like all true succulents, has a negative attitude to heavy watering. Moreover, excess moisture destroys the plant. The frequency of watering is determined by the condition of the soil: if the soil is 1–2 cm dry, then the flower can be watered.
In winter, when the plant is resting, watering is significantly reduced. At this time, you can let the soil dry to half the depth of the pot.
Important! Water for irrigation watering must be filtered and defended for at least 15 hours.
Need for feeding
The sedum does not have a strong need for top dressing, but for the lushness of lashes, it is recommended to nourish it with mixtures of different fertilizers. According to the time of year, the frequency of top dressing looks like this:
- spring - 1-2 times a month;
- winter (when kept in an apartment) - 1 time in 2 months.
When providing a cool wintering, mineral additives are not necessary.
The possibility of flowering in the apartment
Properly built care at home will allow you to see how the plant blooms. Experienced gardeners argue that when housed, the reed of Morgan rarely pleases its owners with buds.
However, on the Internet you can see amateur photos of happy owners of the plant, where they show their pet blooming. The flowering period falls on the summer-autumn. The buds look like tulips, only very small.
Outdoor cultivation care
Planting and caring for the Morgan sedum, unlike other types of stonecrop, are applicable to open ground only in areas with mild winters. The plant does not tolerate low temperatures. If you really want to decorate the site, you can hang a flower pot with a flower on the gazebo, porch, pergola. For decorating flower beds and alpine hills in a garden with a temperate climate, this view is not suitable.
Ready seedlings of sedum are taken out into the open ground at the end of May. The landing site is determined in advance, choosing between a well-lit and slightly shaded area of the garden. It is advisable that there are no deciduous tree species nearby. Add sand and peat to the planting holes and mix them with the soil.
Garden plants require regular weeding. Pinching the tops 1-2 times a year will preserve its splendor and decorative attractiveness.
Rainy periods can lead to decay of the roots, which are located close to the surface. The owner needs to monitor the condition of the flower in order to prevent the disease in time.
When preparing a room sedum for wintering, it is necessary to cut the shoots and carefully cover the plant.
Video about the rules of plant care at home:
Morgan sedum breeding
For the plant, traditional methods of reproduction are quite applicable: by seeds, cuttings and dividing the bush. Propagation by seeds is the most problematic method, especially for home maintenance.
Cuttings are taken from an adult plant. Their length should be 5-7 cm. You can use individual leaves. Having removed several leaflets from the bottom of the stem, give it 2 days to dry. During this time, prepare a container for landing. Take a small bowl, fill it with soil.
When the cuttings have dried, they are transferred to moist soil, deepening the lower exposed part by 2 cm. The upper leaves are neatly laid out on the surface of the soil and put the bowl in a warm place with sufficient light. It takes about 3-5 weeks to root the cuttings.
In apartments, sedum rarely blooms, which is why it is difficult to get seeds. You can buy them in the store, then you have to be patient. The process of germination of stonecrop seeds is long and painstaking. The soil where the seeds were planted should be slightly moist all the time. The container itself should be covered with a film or glass. The place must be warm and bright so that the temperature in it is not lower than 24 ° C. When shoots appear, you can remove the transparent coating.
Dividing the bush
Starting to divide the bush, you may encounter the fact that the leaves will fall. You need to act very carefully:
- Pull the flower out of the pot by tapping gently on its walls. The plant should come out with a clod of earth.
- Take a sharp knife and separate the parts of the plant. Sprinkle the formed sections with charcoal powder. Allow to lie 1-2 hours so that they dry out a little.
- Seat the separated parts in prepared dishes.
If bare stems are formed on an adult plant during separation, they must be cut off. Do this to preserve the beautiful appearance of the sedum.
When cultivating a stonecrop of Morgan, you need to be prepared for some problems. If the watering of the plant is not properly organized, you can destroy it due to rotting of the roots.
Errors with lighting negatively affect the growth of the flower and cause the formation of bare patches on the stems. Such changes occur when the temperature regime is not observed.
Pests and diseases
The scum of Morgan is a succulent that can survive many negative conditions, but without proper care, it can become ill and die.
- Root rot provoked by excess moisture, that is, a generous watering of the plant, which he does not need. You can save the flower by removing the rotten parts of the roots and transferring it to another pot.
- Defeat by nematodes. Pests enter the plant through contaminated soil. Remove nematodes and save the plant will not work. You will have to cut off the cuttings from it, throw out the infected base and grow the succulent anew using another soil.
- Fungal infection. If dark spots appear on the shoots, then the flower is infected with a fungus. It appears due to strong humidification of air and soil. To get rid of the pest, spots with spots are cut and destroyed, moisture parameters and frequency of irrigation are corrected.