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Twice a monthFull sunDeer resistantSummer
  • Bright Yellow Foliage: Offers year-round vibrant color, even in winter in milder climates.
  • Drought Tolerance and Low Maintenance: Ideal for xeriscaping and gardens with dry, challenging conditions.
  • Versatile Garden Use: Effective as ground cover, in containers, or as an accent in mixed plantings, adapting well to various landscape designs.

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Lemon Ball Sedum, scientifically known as Sedum mexicanum 'Lemon Ball', is a vibrant, low-growing perennial succulent that adds a burst of chartreuse color to the garden landscape. This hardy plant forms a dense mat of small, rounded leaves that maintain their bright yellow hue throughout the growing season, providing a striking contrast to other garden plants. Lemon Ball Sedum is celebrated for its drought tolerance, easy care, and ability to thrive in poor soils, making it an excellent choice for rock gardens, borders, and container arrangements. Additionally, its fast growth rate and cascading habit make it a popular selection for green roofs and living walls. In late spring to early summer, it produces small, star-shaped flowers, further enhancing its ornamental appeal.

Growth rate: Fast growth rate; mature height of 3-6 inches and width of 10-12 inches, with a spreading habit.

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Pruning: Generally requires no pruning. Deadheading or trimming can encourage denser growth and maintain shape.

Fertilization: Requires little to no fertilization. If desired, apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring.

Winter Protection: It's frost hardy, but in colder areas or during harsh winters, mulching or covering can provide additional protection.


Choose a location with well-draining soil in full sun to partial shade. Plant at the same depth as the container it came in, spreading roots gently. Water thoroughly after planting and space multiple plants 6-8 inches apart to allow for spreading growth.

Requires minimal watering once established, making it well-suited for drought-prone areas or gardens seeking low-maintenance plants. Performs best in full sun, where its foliage achieves the brightest color, but can tolerate partial shade.

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USDA GROW ZONE:

Zones 7-11

Lemon Ball Sedum thrives in USDA Zones 7-11, preferring well-drained soil and full sun for optimal growth and coloration. Its resilience to heat, drought, and poor soil conditions makes it a versatile choice for a wide range of gardening applications, including challenging urban environments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Lemon Ball Sedum is a low-growing perennial succulent that typically reaches a height of 3 to 6 inches and spread of about 10 to 12 inches. However, its exact size can vary depending on growing conditions, such as sunlight, soil quality, and moisture levels. In optimal conditions, Lemon Ball Sedum can spread to form dense mats, making it an excellent choice for ground cover or as a filler plant in rock gardens, borders, and containers. Regular pruning and division can help control its size and shape, promoting healthy growth and maintaining its ornamental appeal.

Lemon Ball Sedum is known for its relatively fast growth rate. Under optimal conditions, it can grow vigorously, spreading and filling in garden spaces quickly. However, the exact growth rate can vary depending on factors such as environmental conditions, soil quality, and available moisture. Generally, Lemon Ball Sedum can spread several inches to a foot or more in a single growing season, making it an excellent choice for ground cover or as a filler plant in garden beds and containers. Regular pruning and dividing can help control its growth and maintain its desired shape and size.

The best place to plant Lemon Ball Sedum is in a location that receives full sun to partial shade. This plant thrives in well-draining soil and can tolerate various soil types, including sandy or rocky soil. It's ideal for planting in garden beds, rock gardens, or containers where its spreading growth habit can be appreciated. Lemon Ball Sedum is drought-tolerant once established, making it suitable for xeriscaping and low-water gardens. Additionally, it can tolerate urban pollution, making it a versatile choice for urban landscapes and city gardens.

Yes, Lemon Ball Sedum has a spreading growth habit. It typically forms low, mounding clumps of foliage that gradually spread outward over time. This characteristic makes it an excellent ground cover or filler plant in garden beds and rock gardens. Additionally, Lemon Ball Sedum can be grown in containers where its spreading habit can be controlled. Regular pruning or division can help manage its spread and maintain its desired shape and size.

While Lemon Ball Sedum is primarily grown outdoors in gardens and landscapes, it can also thrive as a houseplant under the right conditions. Here's how to care for Lemon Ball Sedum as a houseplant:

Light: Lemon Ball Sedum requires bright, indirect sunlight to thrive indoors. Place it near a south- or west-facing window where it can receive at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. If adequate natural light is not available, you can supplement with grow lights.

Temperature: Maintain indoor temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C). Lemon Ball Sedum is tolerant of slightly cooler temperatures during the winter months but should be protected from frost.

Soil: Use well-draining, sandy or gritty soil mix for container-grown Lemon Ball Sedum. A commercial cactus or succulent potting mix works well. Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.

Watering: Allow the soil to dry out partially between waterings, then water thoroughly. Overwatering is a common issue with indoor succulents, so be cautious not to let the soil remain soggy. Reduce watering during the winter months when growth slows down.

Humidity: Lemon Ball Sedum is tolerant of low humidity levels typical of indoor environments. However, it benefits from occasional misting or placing a humidity tray filled with water and pebbles nearby.

Container: Choose a shallow container with drainage holes to plant Lemon Ball Sedum. Select a container slightly larger than the plant's root ball to allow for growth.

Fertilizing: Feed indoor Lemon Ball Sedum with a diluted, balanced liquid fertilizer formulated for succulents once a month during the growing season (spring and summer). Avoid fertilizing during the winter months.

Pruning: Trim back leggy or dead growth as needed to maintain a compact, attractive appearance. Pruning can also help stimulate new growth.

Pests and Diseases: Keep an eye out for common succulent pests such as aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. Treat any infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

By providing ample light, well-draining soil, appropriate watering, and occasional feeding, you can successfully grow Lemon Ball Sedum as a houseplant, enjoying its vibrant foliage year-round.

Planting Lemon Ball Sedum is a straightforward process. Here's a step-by-step guide:

Choose the Right Location: Lemon Ball Sedum thrives in full sun to partial shade. Select a planting location that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. Ensure the soil has good drainage to prevent waterlogging, as soggy soil can lead to root rot.

Prepare the Soil: Before planting, prepare the soil by loosening it to a depth of about 6-8 inches. Remove any weeds, rocks, or debris from the area.

Amend the Soil (if necessary): If your soil is poor-draining or lacks nutrients, consider amending it with compost or well-aged manure to improve drainage and fertility. Mix the amendments thoroughly into the soil.

Dig Planting Holes: Dig holes for each Lemon Ball Sedum plant that are slightly wider and deeper than the root ball. Space multiple plants according to their mature size, typically about 12-18 inches apart.

Remove from Container: Gently remove the Lemon Ball Sedum plant from its nursery container. If the roots are tightly bound, gently loosen them to encourage outward growth.

Planting Depth: Place the plant in the center of the planting hole, ensuring that the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil surface. Backfill the hole with soil and gently firm it around the roots to remove air pockets.

Watering: After planting, water the Lemon Ball Sedum thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots. Ensure the soil is evenly moist but not waterlogged. Water deeply but infrequently thereafter, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.

Mulching (optional): Applying a thin layer of mulch around the base of the plant can help conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Keep the mulch away from the plant's stem to prevent rot.

Establishment Period: Lemon Ball Sedum may take some time to establish after planting. Monitor its growth and water regularly during the first few weeks to encourage root development.

Maintenance: Once established, Lemon Ball Sedum requires minimal maintenance. Prune back any dead or leggy growth as needed to maintain a tidy appearance.

By following these planting guidelines, you can successfully establish Lemon Ball Sedum in your garden or landscape. Its vibrant foliage and low-maintenance nature make it an excellent choice for borders, rock gardens, and container plantings.

Caring for Lemon Ball Sedum is relatively easy, as it is a low-maintenance and drought-tolerant plant. Here are some care guidelines to keep your Lemon Ball Sedum healthy and thriving:

Sunlight: Lemon Ball Sedum thrives in full sun to partial shade. Ensure it receives at least 6 hours of sunlight daily for optimal growth and vibrant foliage color.

Soil: Plant Lemon Ball Sedum in well-draining soil with good drainage. It prefers slightly acidic to neutral soil pH. Avoid overly wet or waterlogged soil, as it can lead to root rot.

Watering: Once established, Lemon Ball Sedum is drought-tolerant and requires minimal watering. Water deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Overwatering can cause root rot, so it's best to err on the side of underwatering.

Fertilization: Lemon Ball Sedum generally does not require heavy fertilization. A light application of balanced fertilizer in early spring can encourage healthy growth. Avoid excessive fertilization, as it can lead to leggy growth and reduced drought tolerance.

Pruning: Trim back any dead or damaged foliage as needed to maintain a tidy appearance. Lemon Ball Sedum may benefit from occasional pruning to encourage bushier growth and prevent it from becoming too leggy.

Winter Care: In regions with cold winters, Lemon Ball Sedum may benefit from a layer of mulch to protect the roots from freezing temperatures. However, established plants are generally hardy and require minimal winter protection.

Propagation: Lemon Ball Sedum can be easily propagated through division or stem cuttings. Divide overcrowded clumps in spring or early fall, and plant the divisions in well-draining soil. Stem cuttings can be rooted in moist soil or water and transplanted once rooted.

By following these care guidelines, you can enjoy a lush and healthy Lemon Ball Sedum in your garden or landscape. Its vibrant foliage and low-maintenance nature make it a popular choice for various garden settings.

Lemon Ball Sedum offers various uses in landscaping due to its vibrant foliage and low-maintenance nature:

Groundcover: Lemon Ball Sedum forms dense mats of foliage, making it an excellent choice for groundcover in sunny areas. It spreads slowly, creating a carpet-like effect and suppressing weeds.

Border Plant: Its bright chartreuse foliage adds contrast and interest to garden borders and edging. Planting Lemon Ball Sedum along pathways or borders provides a neat and colorful accent.

Rock Gardens: Lemon Ball Sedum thrives in rocky, well-drained soils, making it ideal for rock gardens or gravel beds. Its low-growing habit and drought tolerance make it a perfect choice for these challenging environments.

Container Gardens: The compact growth habit of Lemon Ball Sedum makes it suitable for containers and hanging baskets. Its trailing stems create an attractive cascading effect, adding visual interest to patio containers or window boxes.

Accent Plant: Use Lemon Ball Sedum as a focal point in mixed perennial beds or as a standalone accent plant in garden beds. Its striking foliage provides year-round interest, even when not in bloom.

Erosion Control: Due to its ability to form dense mats of foliage, Lemon Ball Sedum can help prevent soil erosion on slopes or banks. Planting it in these areas helps stabilize the soil and adds visual appeal.

Green Roof Planting: Lemon Ball Sedum's drought tolerance and low maintenance make it a popular choice for green roof installations. Its shallow roots and ability to thrive in harsh conditions make it well-suited for this purpose.

By incorporating Lemon Ball Sedum into your landscape, you can enjoy its versatility, vibrant color, and resilience in various garden settings.

If your Lemon Ball Sedum is mushy, it could be a sign of overwatering. Sedums, including Lemon Ball, prefer well-draining soil and can suffer from root rot if they sit in waterlogged soil for too long. Check the soil moisture level and reduce watering frequency to allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Ensure that the pot or planting area has adequate drainage to prevent water from pooling around the roots. If the mushiness persists, it could also indicate fungal or bacterial issues, so inspect the plant closely for any signs of disease. If you suspect disease, you may need to trim away affected areas and adjust your care routine accordingly.

Yes, Lemon Ball Sedum is known for its drought tolerance. This succulent plant has thick, fleshy leaves that store water, allowing it to survive dry conditions with minimal watering. It's an excellent choice for landscapes and gardens where water conservation is a priority.

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We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!