Posted by Newt on July 01, 2003 at 16:19:24:
In Reply to: Stonecrop Sedum Autumn Joy falling over posted by Susan on June 28, 2003 at 19:00:46:
: Hi! We moved into a new house and the people before us planted a beautiful butterfly garden that includes Stonecrop "Autumn Joy". We cut them back in early spring. When they came back they were in very nice clumps but now they have grown so large that the stems have all fallen over. They don't look very nice anymore. Is there anything I can do about it now or do I need to wait until next spring to cut them back? Will dividing them help or does that need to wait until next spring as well? Thanks!
You will probably need to divide them. This should be done in late winter or early spring. Another thing you can do is break off a few of the floppy stems and leave them in a shady spot for 3 or 4 days so they can form a callous on the broken end. Then just plant in moist soil and you'll have new plants.
Also, some plants get floppy if planted in too rich a soil. If you know that the plants are only in their spot for a year or two, then that could be the problem, though with these I suspect they need dividing.
Best of luck,