Blue Jelly Beans Plant (Sedum pachyphyllum) Care Indoors, Propagation, Problems and Solutions


Blue Jelly Beans Plant, Sedum pachyphyllum

Botanical name: Sedum pachyphyllum
Family: Crassulaceae
Common names: Blue Jelly Beans Plant, Many Fingers Plant

Description

Sedum pachyphyllum commonly called Blue Jelly Beans Plant or Many Fingers Plant bears short red-tipped succulent leaves that resemble fingers. The leaves are pale green and do not change color even in bright light.

Though the stems are upright in young Blue Jelly Beans Plants, they eventually grow long enough to trail over the sides of the pot, creating a hanging plant display.

Many Fingers Plant grows easily and can tolerate all types of soil except those that are poorly drained.

Flower

The Blue Jelly Beans Plant flowers are bright yellow and they sprout from between the leaves.

Origin

Sedum pachyphyllum (Blue Jelly Beans Plant) is native to Mexico.

Toxicity

Blue Jelly Beans Plant (Sedum pachyphyllum) is non-toxic to humans and pets as indicated by plantaddicts.com. However, it may cause skin irritation when touched and stomach pains and irritation if ingested.

Where to Buy

Blue Jelly Beans Plants are available online at Etsy. Buy Sedum pachyphyllum online from Etsy.

Blue Jelly Beans Plant, Sedum pachyphyllum

Sedum pachyphyllum Care Indoors

Blue Jelly Beans Plant (Sedum pachyphyllum) prefers bright light to full sunlight, average warmth and moderately moist, fertile, loose, free-draining soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season.

Sedum pachyphyllum requires repotting only when it becomes pot-bound. Pruning is necessary to keep the plant neat as well as minimize pest and disease infestations. Keep reading for the best growing conditions and how to provide them.

Watering

Water Blue Jelly Beans Plant thoroughly during the growing season and allow the top 2-3 in. of soil to dry out between waterings to keep the soil moderately moist.

Significantly, cut down on watering during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time but do not allow the soil to dry out completely.

Make sure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to stem-rot.

Avoiding wetting the leaves as it can lead to rotting and water from the bottom instead.

Use water that is at room temperature to water to avoid plant shock as it can result in reduced growth.

Light Requirements

Blue Jelly Beans Plant grows best in bright light to full sunlight. It can also grow under a grow light where natural light is inadequate.

Should you choose to take the Many Fingers Plant outdoors, gradually acclimatize the plant and place it in a shaded place to avoid scorching the leaves.

Temperature and Humidity

Average warmth temperatures between 18-260C are ideal for Blue Jelly Beans Plant. The sudden change in temperature between day and night is excellent for this succulent.

Average room humidity is adequate for Blue Jelly Beans Plant. It has no need for high humidity.

Potting Mix

The best soil for Blue Jelly Beans Plant should be sandy or rocky soil to avoid getting soggy soil. The soil should be loose enough to allow water to drain out fast enough.

Cactus and Succulents potting mix is ideal as it allows free water drainage. Purchase quality Cactus and Succulents Mix online from Etsy.

Fertilizer

Feed Blue Jelly Beans Plant monthly during the growing period with a balanced, liquid fertilizer for lush growth. Stop feeding during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time.

Repotting

Repot Blue Jelly Beans Plant only when the plant has become pot-bound. Use a shallow rather than a deep pot as the has shallow roots.

A clay pot is preferable because it is porous and therefore allows the soil to dry out faster.

The pot for repotting the Many Fingers Plant should be only 1 size larger than the current one. Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Pruning

Pruning Blue Jelly Beans Plant requires the removal of dead and diseased leaves to maintain the plant neat and tidy.

Propagation

Blue Jelly Beans Plant (Sedum pachyphyllum) can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from leaf cuttings as they root easily.

How to propagate Blue Jelly Beans Plant from leaf cuttings

Take leaf cuttings from a healthy Blue Jelly Beans Plant. Allow the cuttings to dry (callus) for 1-3 days before planting to avoid rotting.

Insert the leaf cuttings on moist free-draining soil. Water lightly by misting, only when the soil is dry and avoid getting the soil soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Place the set up in a warm, brightly-lit place, away from direct sunshine until there is new growth. Roots take about 3-4 weeks to develop.

Blue Jelly Beans Plant, Sedum pachyphyllum

Sedum pachyphyllum Growing Problems

Blue Jelly Beans Plant (Sedum pachyphyllum) growing problems include leaf drop, leaf spots, rotting, yellowing, shrivelled leaves, pests and diseases. Keep reading for more on these problems and how to solve them.

Pests

Common pests in Blue Jelly Beans Plant are Mealy Bugs and Scale Insects. Isolate the affected plant to reduce spread to other houseplants and treat it with Neem oil or Insecticidal soap to get rid of the pests.

Leaf drop

Leaf drop in Blue Jelly Beans Plant is due to overwatering or underwatering. Water the plant thoroughly during the growing season and allow the top soil to dry out between waterings.

Avoid overwatering and soggy soil by ensuring that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining.

Significantly reduce watering during the cold season and never allow the soil ball to dry out completely.

Brown soft spots

Brown soft spots in Blue Jelly Beans Plant is an indication of leaf spot disease which is enhanced by poor air circulation. Ensure there is free air circulation at all times to discourage disease infestation. Read on how to treat leaf spot disease in houseplants.

Rotting base, yellowing and shriveled leaves

Rotting plant base, yellowing and shrivelled leaves in Blue Jelly Beans Plant is an indication of basal stem-rot disease which is brought about by overwet conditions.

Reduce watering during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time. Also, ensure that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to prevent the soil from getting soggy.

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