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Hector's Family
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Sedum

Post by Hector's Family » 17 Feb 2019, 18:14

I have found several sources for sedum seed mixes. I can see that Sedum spp. is okay for a tortoise. We have a Russian tortoise.

Specifically, I was thinking of buying one of these mixes and would like advice as to their suitability for Hector's summer outdoor enclosure.

https://www.michiganbulb.com/product/se ... gIl1PD_BwE

https://www.etsy.com/listing/471654055/ ... gI2TPD_BwE

Hector is 2 1/2 years old. I always err on the side of caution and I know this is a safe place to ask. Thank you, in advance, for any guidance you can provide.

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lin
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Re: Sedum

Post by lin » 17 Feb 2019, 18:24

I would imagine they will all be fine. There is one Sedum you should watch out for and that is the Sedum Acre. It has very teeny triangular leaves and the only other way I can say to check is with our photos as there is a good example there of the leaf size and structure. Heres the link - https://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/pla ... ant=45&c=3

Let us know if you need anymore help and good luck in growing the sedum.

Lin

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Nina
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Re: Sedum

Post by Nina » 17 Feb 2019, 19:00

Hi and welcome to The Tortoise Table,

Just an extra tip from me, to add to what Lin has said. If you plant the sedum in your tortoise's enclosure they will disappear in a flash, and all your hard work will be gone in an afternoon. Tortoises love succulents like sedum, and you do need to be careful about feeding them too much as that can cause a bit of diarrhea. But more importantly, they will just mow any plants in there to the ground, and if you plant the seeds directly into the enclosure they will eat them as soon as they start to grow. I think I would grow at least some of those seeds in separate pots or a window box, and pick off leaves and offer them to your tortoise separately.

LOL, I speak from experience as I once had the great idea of making a tunnel for my Horsfield in her outdoor enclosure by using a curved roof tile and then covering it with soil and planting sedum album on it for a 'green' roof. I planted the sedum from cuttings elsewhere in my garden and then I put a little fence around it to allow it time to grow and get established, but one afternoon I came back to find that my Doris had broken through the little fence and just eaten everything to the ground. I've attached a photo of the culprit at the scene of the crime -- that soil was completely covered in sedum when I'd gone shopping an hour earlier! :roll:
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