Sedum nussbaumerianum: what it is like and what care it needs

Sedum nussbaumerianum

Perhaps this name is not one you recognize. But If instead of saying sedum nussbaumerianum, we say sedum adolphii, things will surely change.

Not yet? Don’t know what succulent this is? So let us show you what this plant is like and what are the main care. You will surely fall in love with her.

How is the sedum nussbaumerianum

coppery succulent

The sedum nussbaumerianum, as we have told you before, It is also marketed under the name of Sedum adolphii, golden sedum or copper sedum due to the color of its leaves. It is a succulent native, like many of them, from Mexico, specifically from the volcanic area of ​​Veracruz.

The plant grows in the form of a bush and when it is in a pot it completely covers the width of the pot, even becoming hanging because it develops very quickly. It is not a plant that grows much in height (barely 30 centimeters), but it is very prolific in width. Also, there is no problem with planting it in the garden, it will easily cover the ground and grow minimally in height.

As for the leaves, they are lanceolate, thick (because they store water there) and quite robust. They end in a point and their color is a yellowish green, although when the sun gives them enough the tips turn golden (hence that curious name). Although some like to keep a greenish color, there are many others who appreciate the orange hue more that they acquire when it gets a lot of sun.

Also, this plant blooms. It usually occurs in the spring and summer months and its flowers are white and star-shaped. Unlike other succulents, the truth is that this one does bloom more abundantly, with which it will not give you many problems to see it.

A sedum nussbaumerianum that is no longer called that

That’s how it is. One of the facts that you should know about sedum nussbaumerianum is that it will be increasingly difficult for you to find it with this denomination. According to the official succulent registry, International Crassulaceae Network, the name sedum nussbaumerianum has already fallen into disuse and from now on this species will only be recognized as sedum adolphii.

Care of the sedum nussbaumerianum


You already know a little more about this succulent. And if you see it in stores (whatever the name is), you might like it enough to buy it.

However, In order for it to get ahead and really fill your pot or you can enjoy this shrub, you need to know what are the most important care it has. And in this sense, we have compiled them for you so that you do not have a problem with it. Take note.

location and temperature

As the good succulent that it is, the sedum nussbaumerianum needs to be outdoors and if possible where it gets good direct sunlight for between 4 and 6 hours a day. However, Do you want the leaves to be greener? So put it in semi-shade? Do you prefer it to look orange? Then in full sun longer.

What we do not recommend in any way is that you put it in the shade or with very little light because in the end the little humidity that there is will affect it and will prevent it from going forward.

Yes indeed, at first you will have to adapt it to the sun Since, where you buy it, it is possible that they do not have it in the sun, but it may be filtered.

As for the temperature, the ideal for this plant would be between 15 and 25ºC. The normal thing is that it can tolerate more heat, and also more cold. In fact, It can withstand up to -2ºC as long as they are sporadic (and not constants). If it is more, you will have to protect it.


Flowery Copper Succulent

The soil for the sedum nussbaumerianum must be light, which implies that it needs extra drainage to achieve it (tree bark or orchid soil, volcanic soil, etc.). It is best to apply universal substrate, earthworm humus and that drainage to get the best out of the plant.


Irrigation in succulents is minimal, you know. But in the case of sedum nussbaumerianum, you must bear in mind that, having such thick leaves, it does not need as much water as other plants. For this reason, we recommend watering it once every 15-20 days in spring and summer, while in winter it can be once a month or more.

In this case, pay a lot of attention to humidity. It is almost deadly for this plant so try not to affect it. You will notice it if you see that the leaves look as if they have gotten wet and have a “wet top” that will end up rotting the plant irreparably.


In general, succulents are not plants that need fertilizer. But If they have been with you for a long time, you can give them nutrients from time to time in the irrigation water.

Plagues and diseases

Pests and diseases do not usually affect sedum nussbaumerianum, but you do have to be aware of them.

In the first case, mealybugs, snails and spiders can make their own on this plant. In a second, humidity, irrigation and lack of sun are the main problems you will face. But, if you catch it in time, you can get it back.


Finally, if you want to propagate your plant to have more of these succulents, you should know that there are several ways to do it:

  • through seeds, taken from the flowers that I took out in spring and summer. It is not a widely used method because it takes a long time to get ahead and grow enough.
  • through leaves, since from these you can get new plants. You just have to give them time to create a rosette and from this a plant will grow.
  • Through branches of the plant. That’s right, if at any time a branch breaks, a new plant will grow out of the cut plant, but also from what has been cut. You can seal that cut and plant it in the ground so that, in a matter of days, it develops roots and you have a new plant.

As you can see, the sedum nussbaumerianum is a real “jewel” for the garden. Do you dare to have it?

Sedum nussbaumerianum: what it is like and what care it needs

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