Sedum rubrotinctum (SEE-dum roo-broh-TINK-tum) jelly bean plant is one of the many types of sedum plant species belonging to the family Crassulaceae.
It has been classified as a distinct species since 1948.
With its origins in Mexico, China, and Japan this succulent plant gets its nickname from the appearance of its leaves that look like small jelly beans.
Other common names include:
- Jelly Bean succulent
- Pork and Beans plant
Some classify it as a hybrid of Sedum pachyphyllum and Sedum rubrotinctum. It is a long living plant though as it ages, it takes on a more straggly looking appearance.
Sedum Rubrotinctum Plant Care
Size and Growth
The Pork and Beans succulent is relatively fast growing compared to other varieties and grows up to one foot tall.
It has an upward growth with the leaves spaced closer towards the ends of the stems.
The leaves are ½” to 1 ½” inches long and look almost like bent thumbs.
Flowering and Fragrance
Yellow flowers blossom during spring when provided with the appropriate environmental conditions. Jelly beans grow in flat clusters and do not have any discernible fragrance.
However, without enough light, the leaves will not change color, let alone bloom.
Light and Temperature
For the leaves on this colorful succulent to display the beautiful reddish hue they take on as a protective layer, they require plenty of natural full sun.
In the summer, place the plant outdoors in semi-shade to keep it from getting too much scorching sunlight.
The plant does best in cool temperatures between 50° to 55° degrees Fahrenheit. Keep plants outside in the winter months.
Jelly bean plants will withstand light overnight frost without too much damage. For best results protect plants from freezing temperatures.
Indoors, keep plants in an environment that is not overheated; otherwise, the leaves stretch and lose their shape.
Watering and Feeding
This plant doesn’t require a lot of water even during the summer months.
During the winter months, the plant uses water stored in the leaves and doesn’t require additional watering for several months during the season.
Jelly Bean plant should be fed once during the growing season.
Soil and Transplanting
A good well-drained soil like a pre-made cactus potting mix is ideal for the jelly bean plant.
Adding extra drainage with extra perlite or pumice will help the plant thrive.
Repotting should be done every spring.
Rubrotinctum Sedum Propagation
Propagate the jelly bean plant in several ways:
- Through leaf cutting
- Stem cuttings
- Dividing the plant itself
The easiest way to propagate is through stem cuttings. Break off side stems or cut off some tip shoots.
Once you’ve removed the lowest leaves, cover the cut with fungicide, poke the cuttings into individual pots with moist cactus soil.
Keep an eye on them and water it regularly until the plant takes root.
Leaf cuttings are a slower way of propagating but works just as well. Use mature leaf cuttings and lay them in moist cactus soil with some added sand.
Eventually, new plants will grow from the base of each leaf. Once plants reach one inch tall, repot the plantlets.
When older plants become full, propagate by dividing plants in spring.
Set out pots with good well-drained soil and carefully tear apart roots from the plant and repot individually.
Jelly Bean Plant Pest or Disease Problems
The Jelly Bean Plant is not susceptible to many pests and diseases.
However, if overwatered the plant can rot. Rot begins with mushy brown spots that move upwards.
In order to avoid this, allow the soil to dry between watering.
Another sign of the plant deteriorating is the leaves turning pale yellowish-green instead of taking on a reddish hue.
This signals that the plant isn’t getting enough sunlight and needs to be moved to a brighter location.
Suggested Uses for Jelly Bean Sedum
This is a great decorative plant because of its interesting shape and color.
Plant them individually or grow with other cacti in a dish garden.