How do I care for my Japanese Stonecrop?

This February we are bringing you the Sedum Makinoi otherwise known as the Japanese Stonecrop. This beautiful low-growing succulent is our pet-friendly luxury indoor plant of the month. Here are some tips for how to best care for this unique plant. 

Native habitat

Stonecrop is a large genus of succulents found all over the world. The Stonecrop is a native of Asia.

Light and position in the home

Your Stonecrop can tolerate a wide range of light conditions. It will happily grow in full sun to part shade.

Flowers and foliage

An evergreen perennial, this plant will produce its glossy, succulent leaves all year round. In the summer months, your Stonecrop could flower, sprouting tiny yellow star-shaped blooms. The leaves are apparently edible, although not very tasty, and are also reported to have numerous medicinal effects. We do not advise consuming any of our plant products.

Watering and humidity

As a drought-tolerant succulent your Stonecrop will do best when the soil is allowed to dry out slightly before watering. It prefers dry to average humidity levels with very well-drained soil.

Temperature

Average room temperatures will suit the Stonecrop well in summer 10 to 25 degrees Celsius. From December-March, keep at 7-10 degrees Celsius - it is even frost hardy down to -5 degrees Celsius! 

Did you know?

The common name stonecrop refers to the lack of care and attention this plant needs, much like a stone! This ability to withstand a variety of different environmental and weather conditions coupled with its natural ability to store water in its leaves led the Stonecrop to be one of the first species to be used in the green roof industry.

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If you like the look of our Japanese Stonecrop and want to get your hands on one of these beautiful succulents, you can get yours here.