Sedum Pachyphyllum – The Blue Jelly Bean Succulent

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Sedum Pachyphyllum, better known as Blue Jelly Bean, is a succulent native to Mexico. This plant can’t wait to become a part of your home because it’s sure you’ll take a good care for her! Why? Because this succulent is one of the easiest to care for! Let’s see how you can do it!

Physical Characteristics

sedum pachyphyllum physical characteristics

You can recognize this sedum by it’s leaves – they are finger-shaped and thick, greenish-blue in color with pink end. They are covered with powdery coating which protects them from excessive sunlight. The leaves ‘ role is to store water, making Blue Jelly Bean very drought tolerant.

Sedum Pachyphyllum produces small, star-shaped flowers that vary in color – their color range from white to yellow and from yellow to pink. You can notice these flowers during late spring to early summer.

Thick stem helps this plant carry it’s many chubby leaves. They are usually very short and covered with leaves. The usual height of mature Blue Jelly Bean ranges between 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm). The shallow roots make this plant perfect for any arrangement – containers, hanging baskets, ground cover – you name it!

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Care

Sunlight: Provide 4-6 hours of bright, direct sunlight every day. Of course, you can give it more than that – this can lead to beautiful leaf coloration make this plant more eye-catching than it is. However, it’s important to keep this plant away from direct sun during hottest part of day. So, Provide shade during afternoon. Also, monitor your sedum daily – if you notice scorched leaves provide more shade.

Temperature: Perfect temperature ranges between 65°F to 75°F (18°C to 24°C). It can withstand hotter temperatures than this, but be aware of extreme heat. If you notice discolored or wilting leaves change the location of your Blue Jelly Bean.

Water: Water every 2-3 weeks during active growing season(spring and summer) and reduce it during winter. This sedum can store water and it does this through it’s leaves. So, water the base of this plant rather then leaves. Watered leaves can develop fungal diseases. Also, too much water in general is not good this plant, as it is drought-tolerant by nature.

Soil: Well-draining soil will ensure excess water won’t stay around the roots, protecting them root diseases. Get a succulent or cactus mix and add some perlite or pumice to improve drainage. Also, get a pot with drainage holes.

Fertilizer: Apply once a month during spring and summer. Native soil of Sedum Pachyphyllum doesn’t have too much nutrients so it adapted to nutrient-poor environments. Fertilizer can cause leaf burn when it’s applied directly on leaves – use it directly on soil, so the roots can absorb the nutrients.

Sedum Pachyphyllum Growth

For healthy growth repot this sedum on time. If you notice roots coming from drainage holes or potting mix breaks down consider getting a new pot and soil. Repot during spring and summer. Water your sedum day or two before transplanting. Get a new, one size bigger pot with drainage holes and well-draining soil. Remove this plant from it’s current container and trim away dead or rotting roots. Place the plant in it’s new home and water lightly in the beggining.

Pruning can encourage bushier and healthier growth. Before pruning clean your tools to prevent infections. Trim away leggy stems, shivered, discolored and damaged leaves. You can also prune Blue Jelly Bean after blooming – trim away spent flower heads for better appearance.

You don’t need to waste your trimmed stems – use them for propagation! Use a healthy stem or leaf and let it dry in order to form a callus. After 1-2 days when this process is done, plant the callused stem/leaf in well-draining soil. Water lightly and provide bright, indirect sunlight until roots develop.

You can also divide your sedum and propagate it that way. Remove your plant from the pot and divide it in pieces, making sure each piece has it’s own root system. Plant the piece in well-draining soil, and keep it under bright indirect sunlight. Water it lightly in the beggining.

You also don’t need stems or leaves for propagation if your sedum produced offsets or baby plants – you can use them instead – just repeat the process replacing stem/leaf with offsets and watch your Sedum Pachyphyllum multiply.

Commonly asked questions

A thread from u/Tustdunicht: “Roots are growing from the stem + stem becomes brown/ blackish..”

Answer: From the look of your sedum, I can suggest to reduce watering – overwatering generally can harm this plant in many ways – root rot, yellow leaves etc. My suggestion is to cut a healthy green stem and replant it.

sedum pachyphyllum with yellow and drooping leaves

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