Sedum – Not Blooming

Q: I’ve had John Creech sedum in my full sun perennial garden for four years and it’s never once bloomed. It looks healthy and grows tight to the ground. I do divide it throughout the growing season to fill in bare spots. It gets plenty of water and great soil.

A: Todd Guilmette, president of Unique Environmental Landscapes, says he’s grown ‘John Creech’ sedum for several years but hasn’t had a flower either. Many tropical plants bloom best when crowded or environmentally restricted. My guess is that your sedum has grown so vigorously that it hasn’t been stimulated to bloom. Sedums have evolved to take advantage of any good conditions they find, blooming only when their survival is threatened. Lay off the watering and fertilizing and see what happens next summer.