Terrariums, fairy gardens, space saving urban green footprints are new gardening trends that are on the rise. While they sound vasty different, they actually all a few things in common. They need evergreens for year around beauty, they are crafted together by creative minds, and they need smaller plants. Sedum Tiles are the new plant for gardeners and crafters everywhere because they can easily be shaped to fit any project!

Sedum Tiles…?

sedumWe know that something with the word ‘tile’ in it sounds like a weird plant, but sedum tiles are 10 by 20 inch squares of woven together flowers and plants. Sedum Tiles can be described as a living carpet, and over 250 different plant varieties are used in them. They have a variety of colors from greens, yellows, reds, and even blues. The plants used in sedum tiles are also known as succulents. Succulent plants are plants that retain water in dry conditions because they have parts that are thicker and fleshier than other plants. Sometimes succulent plants are referred to as fat, but every plant is beautiful no matter what their size is. Succulent plants store water all over; in their leaves and stems. This means that the variety of flowers and plants in sedum tiles are very tough and drought resistant. They store water for days! Sedum Tiles are a low maintenance plant that you can plant and forget.

Strong coconut fibers are woven to hold the succulents in place. Coconut fibers come from the inner shell of a coconut and used to be thought of as waste. Now gardeners know that they actually provide a lot of benefits for plants. They have a neutral pH balance and won’t affect the acidity levels of your soil, they will improve air flow and drainage. Much like sedums or succulents, coconut fibers retain water so if your sedum tile gets thirsty the fibers are there for them. If coconut fibers weren’t used in gardening they would just be thrown away. We’re happy that they’re recycled and used with plants to help make the world a greener place. If the coconut fibers weren’t enough Sedum Tiles also come with a one inch thick layer of soil. These flowering tiles are tough and don’t fall apart!

Sedum Tile – Color Splash

While there are many different varieties of sedum tiles, our top variety is the Color Splash. Each tile has up to 8 different varieties of sedums in order to provide an array of color. The plant colors are carefully matched to ensure that they go well together. Not every plant in a Sedum Tile is an evergreen, but the deciduous plants that lose their leaves only do so in the coldest parts of the winter. Before you know it bright green, blue, and silvery leaves will return in the spring.

Sedum Tile varieties are all very cold hardy and usually recommended for growing zones 4 through 9, but the Color Splash variety can go even further north. Color Splash Sedum Tiles are recommended for growing zones 3 through 9. They’re cold hardy down to about -30 degrees Fahrenheit.

unnamed (3)When you’re looking for a planting location for your sedum tiles remember that sedums come from dry and arid climates so they like the sunshine. They do well in full to partial sunlight, but will do best if they receive at least six hours of sunlight a day. Make sure that your tiles don’t sit in a low area of your yard that could collect a lot of standing water. If your sedum tile is kept indoors make sure it’s by a large sunny window. Sedum Tiles like to keep their roots dry. Your sedums will only need water during prolonged dry periods. Check on it every few days, if your soil is dry two inches below the surface, then it’s time to give your sedum a slow deep watering. Sedums kept in containers should be watered when the soil is dry down to about one inch below the surface.

Sedum Tiles are self-nourishing and often don’t require any fertilizer. However, you can give your sedums a boost with very small dosages of slow release organic fertilizer once in the spring. Don’t worry about your soil, sedum tiles will easily adapt to it. Poor soil types that are sandy or heavy in clay will be perfectly fine. Sedums can even grow in between cracks in stone.

How to Install

sedum-tile-installerSedum Tiles have a quick and easy install, but if you need to wait a few days before you install it place it in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. It will be fine if it’s kept in a dark location for a day or two. If you’re putting sedum tiles in the ground, till up the soil, wet it, and drop the sedum tile on top. If you’re planting it in other areas like on the roof, a wall, table top, or anywhere else you can think of make sure the area is level. Remove any debris like rocks out of the way to prevent gaps from forming under your Sedum Tile. Wet the area and place your tile on top of it. Give your Sedum Tile a thorough drink of water after planting. It’s suggested that you give your tiles water twice a week while they’re getting established. They take a little less than a month to get established. After 3 to 4 weeks only water your sedum tile according to the directions above.

Craft Ideas

unnamed (11)We’re sure that you can think of millions of ways to use sedum tiles. It can be cut in various angles, shapes, and sizes to fit around anything, even curves. Just to get your creative juices flowing, we have a few cool craft ideas for you.

You can put sedum tiles on top of things. If you cut them into thin strips you can arrange them nicely on top of table tops to make interesting living center pieces. This would be perfect for fall gatherings like wedding receptions. You can also place sedum tiles on top of stone walls or in the breaks on pathways. Sedum will grow anywhere and fill in empty spaces or cracks. You can even place sedum tiles on your roof.

unnamed (5)That’s right, on the roof. Sedum Tiles serve as an excellent material to turn your roof into a green one. There are tons of benefits from having a green roof too. Green roofs provide excellent insulation for your home and keep the cool air and heat in, so AC and heating units will run less. Green roofs also improve water in urban areas, because materials like sedum will hold more water and prevent less run off. The list goes on!

If you don’t want sedum tiles on top of things. Hang it up. You can get vertical and fill empty wall space with sedums. Sedum tiles don’t have to sit horizontally to flourish. You can place picture frames around them, or put your sedum tiles in-between objects that you already have hanging up. You don’t have to stop there, make an entire living wall out of sedums!

Enjoy Your Sedums

The time is perfect for you to grab a few sedum tiles and make new crafts. People all over are going out to enjoy the cool weather before it gets too cold, and you can amaze them with your creative use of sedum tiles. An amazing wow factor can come straight from your back yard!

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12 years ago I was sitting around, talking with two of my favorite, fellow Plant Geeks. We were trying to figure out why so many, superior plant varieties were not available to the public and were seldom offered in Garden Centers. Instead, the stores sold less attractive, older varieties, proven to be disease and insect prone. They also sold the sprays and chemicals that their customers would eventually need. The Ah Ha moment hit us and a company was formed. We decided that we would only offer the highest quality plants that must be Easy to Grow.
  • Gina1958

    If Sedum Tile come from dry and arid parts of the country, they certainly wouldn’t do well in Zone 9. I live in Orlando, FL and for 10 months out of the year it’s hot and very humid.

    • KRISTENB

      AGREED,IVE NEVER HEARD OF THIS? WOULD IT BE GOOD AROUND TREES AND SUCH?

      • AllisonTrees

        Sedum Tiles do very well around trees and shrubs. They prevent weeds from taking over the areas below other plants.

        • KRISTENB

          THANK YOU!

      • BMS

        Yes, I just discovered them in the Spring. I love them. Yes, they would be perfect around a tree. Especially if nothing else grows there. Drop them on some rocks…they’ll grow. Humid areas are fine, but be sure to plant in direct sun.

        • Allison B.

          We’re happy to hear about your Sedum Tile success!!

    • AllisonTrees

      Here in extremely humid South Carolina sedum tiles do very well. Growers have tested the growing zone limits for sedum tiles and found that the Color Splash variety does very well in growing zones 3 – 9.

    • AllisonTrees

      Here in extremely humid South Carolina sedum tiles do very well. Growers have tested the growing zone limits for sedum tiles and found that the Color Splash variety does very well in growing zones 3 – 9.

  • Denise

    can they be cut in small squares like grass plugs?

    • AllisonTrees

      Yes, they can be cut into small squares that small.

      • Jing Zhang

        can a small square grow bigger ?

        • AllisonTrees

          Yes. Sedum tiles will spread and grow larger.

          • Jing Zhang

            thanks.

  • Ted Shimkus

    Oh No! I planted my sedum tiles in 5×20 inch strips yesterday. I just couldn’t imagine a green company having you place the Sedum in the ground with the plastic grid found on the bottom. So I removed it and the coconut mat before laying the Sedum down yesterday afternoon. After reading this I ran back out today and salvaged what I could of the mats and plastic grid placing it under the tiles. Are my Sedums doomed? Is there a way I can help them now. I will be sad if I killed them by my mistake.

    • AllisonTrees

      The grid is like a nursery pot, it holds to soil in for them to grow before they’re planted. Your sedums will be fine without the plastic mat, and it should be removed before they are planted in their final location. However, it’s very beneficial for the sedums if the coconut fibre stays intact. Sedums are very tough, I wouldn’t be worried, but go back and remove the plastic grid. They are not doomed!

      • Toad

        Thank you very much. I was able to remove the plastic grids leaving the coconut mat. Now my Sedum can let their little feet loose.

        Etera makes it a bit of a chore with plastic grids on both sides of the mat which are woven together. Just need to take a bit of care while removing it.

  • Debra Washington

    I’m planting sedum tile in 5×5 inch squares that are 5 inches apart. How long will it take to spread and cover the 5 inch gaps? Or, should I buy more?

  • Don Woods

    How would you mount in a picture frame,as far as securing to some type of backing?

  • Jerri Lynn Barker

    How to plant sedum mats, single row of rocks .