Sedum pachyphyllum (Jelly Beans)is a small perennial bush forming or ground-hugging succulent up to 30 cm tall, with glaucous, light silvery green, jelly, bean-like leaves along short stems. During the winter months, the tips of the leaves turn red and this is also the case if it is kept in the sun. It spreads over time by rooting stems and fallen leaves that easily take root to form a dense ground cover. The flowers which bloom during the summer months and are yellow with tiny pure yellow petals. The Sepals are club-shaped and uneven and the stamens are short and stout. Jelly Beans is an ornamental plant that is perfect for planting in gardens or in pots and also can be placed in containers on a window sill where the trailing plants will hang over the side.
Scientific Name: Sedum pachyphyllum
Common Names: Stonecrop, Succulent Beans, Jelly Bean Plant, Jelly Beans, Silver Jelly Beans, Blue Jelly Bean, Succulents Water Plant, Many Fingers.
How to grow and maintain Sedum pachyphyllum (Jelly Beans):
It requires full sun to light shade. Two to four hours of afternoon sunlight is best for the plant. South facing windows are ideal or west, north facing will not encourage growth.
It grows best in Well-draining soil. Use 2 parts potting soil, 2 parts coarse sand, 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite or crushed charcoal.
It Prefers ideal temperature between 65°F – 75°F / 18°C – 25°C during summer. Temperature no lower than 50 °F – 55°F / 10°F – 12.7°C is best. It does best in hotter conditions. Try not to keep Jelly bean plant outside in freezing temperatures.
Sedum pachyphyllum plant needs more water in the spring and summer, but you can allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between each watering. During the winter season, reduce watering.
Fertilize once a month with a diluted liquid fertilizer or use a slow releasing nitrogen-based fertilizer, during the spring and summer season.
It can be easily propagated by stem and leaf cuttings. you can break off one of the stems and push it into the ground where you would like to grow it. The stem will root very easily. Or Cut off leaves from the stem, let them dry, and then place the cutting into the soil. Keep the potting soil moist until the cutting begins to grow.
Re-pot your plant every year or every two years. As the plant grows, you should move it to a wider pot so the new stems and roots have enough room to develop. Repotting is best done during spring.
Pests and Diseases:
Jelly Bean Plant is no serious pests or diseases issues. Watch for aphids and flies. You can dispose of them by spraying insecticidal soap or neem oil over the foliage.