When my mother passed away, I dug up and potted some sedum plants that she had. I got a good root section, and put them in two separate large terra cotta pots. They grew well for two years. Each year I cut them back before storing them in my garage for the winter. In spring new shoots would emerge from the buds. This spring, we had a late snow, so I delayed putting them outside right away. The new shoots came up in the garage. The shoots were tall, skinny, and very pale. I put them outside and watered them and put them in the sun, but they still look tall, thin and somewhat pale. although not as pale as at first. They still look unhealthy. Should I cut them back again, and hope they will re-emerge healthier this time, or leave them alone and hope for the best? Because these were my mothers, and cant be replaced. I'm hoping for answers that are more fact than opinion, but all answers would be appreciated. Thanks
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They became leggy due to lack of sunlight. Do not cut them back. I would allow them to acclimate to full sun slowly. Start with part sun or morning sun and afternoon shade. I would find a circle support ring (you can buy at garden centers in different diameters) that fits the pot. This will keep the Sedum from falling over and breaking.
As the plant grows and adjusts to the light it should green up. Sedum are quite hardy, so just get them through this year and you should be back to normal growth next year.