Early Autumn is a great time to propagate succulents, particularly summer dormant succulents, like Crassulas, that are just beginning to show new growth and may even start flowering, too. If you have any stacked Crassulas (stacked, meaning grows in a stacked formation, leaf atop leaf, see image below) spilling over baskets, why not snip a few pieces and create some cuttings that you can gift to others, have fun simply propagating or to balance your arrangement and promote new healthy growth on the mother plant.
With summer’s last gasp, our gardens are understandably looking a little worn out and stressed. With succulents, stress can be a beautiful thing as certain succulents produce vibrant colour in response to the extremes of winter and summer. We pay homage to the beauty of stressing succulents at this time of year.
Sedum sieboldii is a pretty hardy plant, native to Japan, that dies down in the winter and comes to life in the spring, continuing to grow until late summer – early autumn when it blooms before dying down for winter. At this time it puts on a wonderful display of soft, feathery, hot pink, pom pom flowers that form clusters on the ends of the branches.