How to Make Dragon’s Blood Sedum Bloom

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How to Make Dragon’s Blood Sedum Bloom

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Schorbuser Blut, the original German term for Dragon’s Blood is developed fromS. spurium Coccineum and is hailed as one of the all-time favorite varieties ofcreeping stonecrop.

In early summer, Dragon’s Blood leaves turn dark green with a layered burgundy look over the edges. In late summer, however, you can notice that the succulents starts to turn red. And by the end of the fall, Dragon Blood transforms from a bright green color to deep red.

Despite not the mail goal, many growers consider getting Dragon Blood sedum to bloom an added bonus. Witnessing these cluster of lovely flowers blooming can often be a pretty rewarding experience.

 

Preparing your succulent to bloom

How can you make your Dragon Blood bloom? First of all, not all succulents bloom. Some might takes years to bloom and some die after the flowering period. Dragon Blood Serum's flowering season start from August to September. Their flower is naturally star-shaped and pink, but some varieties can have white or dark red colors.  Here are some tips you can apply to encourage your sedum to bloom.

Watering

Dragon's Blood Sedum

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Generally speaking, succulents are water-filled plant so they do not need frequency watering. Sedums like Dragon Blood require well-drained soil and can tolerate dry conditions. Check your soil mix is at least half an inch dry before adding more water.

If you suspect your sedum is not doing well because it has become water-logged, replant it in a location with drier soil. There are several ways to increase drainage whether you grow Dragon Blood as ground cover or in a container. 

 

Plenty of light

Plant the sedum where it will get full sun. In a spot with too much shade, a sedum will produce few or no blooms. Give Dragon Blood at least 6 hours of sunlight or more. This type of plant prefer full sun and well-drained soil.Place your sedum in south or east facing windows indoors to ensure adequate lighting. If needed, consider using grow lights to provide enough light if growing Dragon Blood indoors. 6500K Fluorescent lights is often recommended since they resemble natural light the most but if you want your succulents to grow flowers, a color temperature of 3000K might be better.

 

Fertilizer

Producing flowers require a lot of energy so feeding your succulents some extra nutrients will help supplement their needs during flowering season

For most flower gardeners, a balanced fertilizer containing three following major ingredients is important to supplement their plant growth.

  • Nitrogen (N): Promotes healthy foliage
  • Phosphorus or Phosphate (P): Stimulate root system
  • Potassium or Potash (K): Aids in flower (and fruit) formation

Flower fertilizers usually have a larger percentage of phosphorus compared to other ingredients. Healthy flowers start with vigorous root systems, and a phosphate boost can ensure your flowers get a good start.

Fertilizers are better applied at a quarter or half strength, about every two weeks. Refrain from fertilizing towards the end of fall season and during winter months.

 

More preparation

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In addition to paying attention to watering routine, sun exposure and soil condition, there are something you can do to increase the chance your Dragon Blood bloom.

  • Remove dead stalks of the sedum in early spring, using sharp pruning shears, to initiate healthy new growth.
  • Pinch taller varieties of sedum back by one-half of their height in early summer, if desired. Snip in a spot just above where leaves meet the stem, using sharp shears or your finger and thumbnail. Pinching back the plant promotes smaller, more numerous flowers and also helps prevent older, denser plants from splitting in the middle as they become top-heavy with bloom.

 

How Long Should it Take for Dragon’s Blood Sedum to Bloom?

Dragon’s Blood can grow as tall as  12-inches tall and 12-18 –inches wide. Though it’s compatibility to grow practically anywhere makes it more attractive for an outdoor garden. Besides, Dragon’s Blood is resistant enough against pests, deer, or rabbit disease. And it’s no wonder everyone is more curious than ever to find out the method of cultivation and period of time it takes to bloom.

Also, the plant is not susceptible to low maintenance and doesn’t require your 24/7 attention. It all comes down to the time span to disseminate the division process and stem cutting of the plants. Start out by early summer and by the end of the winter; you will have Dragon’s Blood sprouting in your garden.

You might take a sigh of relief in knowing the fact that  Dragon’s Blood can endure the coldest and harshest winter seasons. Despite the chill of the cold season, it will end up blooming with more glimmer and size every year.

 

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