How to grow and care for Jelly Beans Plant Indoors

Houseplant, Jelly Beans Plant

Botanical name: Sedum rubrotinctum
Family: Crassulaceae

Jelly Beans Plant also commonly called Pork and Beans Plant bears short succulent leaves about 1/2 in. long that resemble jelly beans. The leaves change color from green to red in bright light as a protective adaptation. The flowers are bright yellow and they sprout from between the leaves. Though the stems are upright in young plants, they eventually grow long enough to trail over the sides of the pot, creating a hanging plant display. It grows easily and can tolerate all types of soil except those that are poorly drained. Jelly Beans Plant is native to Mexico.

Other popular plants in the Sedum genus that are grown as houseplants include Sedum pachyphyllum (Blue Jelly Beans Plant) and Sedum morganianum (Donkey's Tail Plant) among others.

How to Grow Jelly Beans Plant

Light

Jelly Beans Plant grows best in bright light to full sunlight. Should you choose to take it outdoors, gradually acclimatize the plant and place it in a shaded place to avoid scorching the leaves. Learn how to ensure your plant receives the correct light in this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

Water

Water Jelly Beans Plant thoroughly during the hot season and allow the top 1-2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings. Water very infrequently in the cold months. Avoid waterlogging which may lead to root-rot. Avoiding wetting the leaves as it can lead to rotting. Watering from the bottom is safer. Use room temperature water to avoid shocking the plant. Learn more on how to water houseplants.

Temperature

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

Humidity

Average room humidity is adequate for Jelly Beans Plant. The plant has no need for high humidity.

Feeding

Feed Jelly Beans Plant monthly during the growing period with a water-soluble fertilizer. Withhold feeding in the cold season as growth is minimal.

Repotting

Repot Jelly Beans Plant only when the plant becomes pot-bound. Use a shallow rather than a deep pot; they have shallow roots. The pot should be only 1 size larger than the previous one. Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to avoid waterlogging which can lead to root-rot. A clay pot is preferable because it is porous and therefore allows the soil to dry out faster. Also ensure the soil is loose and free-draining.

Pruning

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

How to Propagate Jelly Beans Plant

Jelly Beans Plant can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from leaf cuttings as they root easily. Allow the cuttings to dry (callous) for 1-3 days before planting. Lay the leaf cutting on moist soil. Place the set up in a warm shaded place. Water sparingly, only when the soil is dry; avoid waterlogging as it can lead to rotting.

Common Problems in Growing Jelly Beans Plant

  • Leaf drop
  • Overwatering or underwatering are the cause of leaf drop in Jelly Beans Plant. Water Jelly Beans Plant thoroughly during the growing season and allow the top soil to dry out between waterings. Avoid overwatering by ensuring that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining. Significantly to reduce watering during the cold season. Never allow the soil ball to dry out completely.

  • Brown soft spots
  • The cause of brown soft spots in Jelly Beans Plant is Leaf spot disease which is enhanced by poor air circulation. Ensure there is free air circulation at all times.

  • Rot at base followed by yellowing and shriveled leaves
  • Rotting plant base followed by yellowing and shrivelled leaves in Jelly Beans Plant is an indication of basal stem-rot disease which is brought about by overwet conditions. Avoid overwatering, ensure the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining.

  • Pests
  • Common pests in Jelly Beans Plant are Mealy Bugs and Scale Insects. Isolate the affected plant to reduce spread to other houseplants.

Toxicity

Jelly Beans plant is toxic to humans and pets. It may cause skin irritation when touched and stomach pains and irritation if ingested. Keep the plant away from the reach of children and pets.

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