Terrariums, fairy gardens, and space-saving urban green footprints are new gardening trends that are on the rise. In fact, Sedum Tiles are the new plant for gardeners and crafters everywhere because they can easily be shaped to fit any project!
Sedum Tiles are 10 by 20-inch squares of woven flowers and plants. Seriously. They can be described as a living carpet, and more than 250 different plant varieties are used in them. With a variety of colors, from greens, yellows, reds to blues, they’re an array of succulents that wow.
Succulents retain water in dry conditions because they have parts that are thicker and fleshier than other plants. This means that the variety of flowers and plants in Sedum Tiles are very tough and drought resistant. They store water for days! So, they’re a low-maintenance pick that you can plant and forget.
How are they made? Well, 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 and will improve air flow and drainage.
Much like sedums or succulents, coconut fibers retain water, so if your Sedum Tiles get thirsty the fibers are there for them. And 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!
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 farther North. Color Splash Sedum Tiles are recommended for growing zones 3 through 9 and are cold hardy down to about -30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Plus, 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. And if your tiles are kept indoors, make sure they’re placed by a large, sunny window. Sedum Tiles like to keep their roots dry, so they will only need water during prolonged dry periods.
Check on them every few days. If your soil is dry 2 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 an 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. Best of all, poor soil types that are sandy or heavy in clay will be perfectly fine. Sedums can even grow in between cracks in stone.
Sedum Tiles are quick and easy to install, but if you need to wait a few days before installation, place them in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. They will be fine if kept in a dark location for a day or two.
If you’re putting Sedum Tiles in the ground, till 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, make sure the area is level. Remove any debris out of the way to prevent gaps from forming under your Sedum Tile. Wet the area and place your tile on top.
And 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).
We’re sure that you can think of millions of ways to use Sedum Tiles. They can be cut in various angles, shapes, and sizes to fit around anything, even curves. But just to get your creative juices flowing, we have a few cool craft ideas for you.
If you cut them into thin strips, you can arrange them nicely on table tops to make living centerpieces. 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 them on your roof!
That’s right. 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 runoff.
Furthermore, 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 yours between objects already hanging up. You don’t have to stop there – make an entire living wall out of sedums!
The time is perfect to grab a few sedum tiles and make new crafts. They’re an amazing wow factor straight from your backyard.