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!
We 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.
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 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.
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.
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!