Pork and Beans Succulents – Sedum Rubrotinctum|More Features

If you ever come across a succulent with round bean-like green leaf structures with red-hued tips, then you have most probably encountered the Pork and Beans succulent. This little beauty also goes by the alias Jelly bean plant, Jelly-beans, or scientifically identifies as the Sedum Roborotinctum. This Sedum succulent looks phenomenal in any location- outdoor or indoor, as a single crop or in a terrarium. It adds cheer, life, and character to basically any background, your kitchen window, your outdoor garden even the insipid bookshelf you have in your study.

With that said, let’s get to know more about this Sedum succulent.

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Physical features to help you identify pork and beans

The plant generally has a bright green color on the majority part, and the color slowly gradients towards a red hue at the tip of every leaf. These tips darken and acquire a darker red color when the plant has been exposed to the scorching sun. This succulent is green all year round and has a woody stem, which arises up to 8-inches or 20cms high. During the spring, when the plant is active, it sprawls small beautiful star-shaped yellow flowers.

Requirements for growing a pork and beans succulent

1. Sunlight

Jelly-beans succulent does well under the direct full sun. And for that reason, it may not be an ideal indoor plant. But if you choose to grow it indoors, you have to provide it artificial lighting that meets all the requirements. With this plant, you do not have to worry if the sun burns hot, and this is because of the red tips. The red pigmentation darkens and spreads further on the plant when the hot sunbeams shine on it to protect the plant from getting burnt and scorched to death.

2. Water

Any Sedum is known to be a hardy plant. Which means they generally require very little care and attention. The watering is therefore done sparingly where you only water the plant when the soil feels dry, which is also called the soak and dry method.

3. Soil

Pork and beans succulents do not need any unique soil mix. But a ground that has good drainage, ventilation, and just a touch of organic matter is sufficient. Just like any other succulent, the Jelly-beans plant hates being socked in water. Because the roots get suffocated and rot. And that is why soil with a free flow of water and air is essential.

4. Temperature

Just like most Sedums, Pork and beans do enjoy the hotter climates. When the temperature gets too cold to the freezing point, it kills the succulent.

5. Fertilizer

The application of fertilizer is not a must if the soil has a bit of organic matter. But if you chose to use it, a dilute NPK fertilizer is ideal. The manure is applied in liquid form, diluted in water.

6. Pest and disease control

The Pork and beans succulents are lucky plants, as their chances of getting infested by pests or infected by a disease are very slim. However, when you overwater the plant, the roots will start to rot, which spreads further from the root upwards.

How to propagate pork and beans succulent

This succulent is one prolific one that can easily grow from a leaf that falls from the plant naturally or from cut leaves done manually. For the cuttings, you gently twist the leaf you wish to pluck from the stem and tenderly pull it away. Be sure not to cause any unnecessary stress on the stem or the newly cut leaf to avoid infections or failure to proper new root growth.

After getting a few leaf cuttings, lay them on a tissue paper and place them at a location far from direct sunlight to allow them to be callous. Once the new roots emerge, you may advance and place the leaf in a soil mix.

Stem cuttings are also a possible way to propagate a new Pork and beans succulent. Here, you use a sterile sharp knife or gardening scissors to make a clean slanting cut across the stem. You then place the cut stem cutting on a clean surface and leave it to be callous for a few days just as the leaves. And once the newly formed roots emerge, you proceed to anchor the stem in a well-drained soil mix.

Another way to propagate a Pork and Beans succulent are by dividing the plant in half when it is most active in spring. When you chose to use this method, again use a clean and sterile sharp blade to make a clean cut from the top of the succulent down to the roots. And you should pay close attention to the roots not to damage them. Once you have successfully separated the parts, place each in a well-drained and well-aerated soil mix and water moderately.

The watering of the propagated materials is only done when the soil is dry to avoid overwatering, which may kill the succulent even before it starts flourishing.

Final thoughts

If you love you some greens and reds, then this beauty is succulent for you. Not only does it look stunning, but it is easy to take care of and propagate succulent. Such that if you wish to have a fully covered garden, in no time, the crop will drop leaves on its own and spread further. Imagine the view. Marvelous, right?

14 Sedum Succulents You Need In Your Garden-Succulent Lovers

In the extensive Crassulaceae family, the genus Sedum gives you, a succulent lover, probably more than you can ever ask for. And that is not just in terms of the available plant options – there are about 600 of them.

In all of these species, you’ll find varied growth habits – the creeping ones and shrubs. Aside from that, you won’t get just a single foliage color, shape, and size. There is green, red, gray, etc. for the colors. The shapes also vary – oval, round, or needle-like.

Add the diversity in flowers, and you’ll quickly rush out to grab a few Sedum succulents. But which options will you go for? There are tons to choose, and the following are an excellent starting point.

1. Golden Sedum (Sedum adolphii)

The golden sedum can attain a height of between 10 and 12 inches and spreads to about 24 inches. The good thing about this Sedum succulent?

It’s a rapid grower, and of course, it’s a beauty.

It has thick evergreen foliage that spots a tinge of yellow in normal light conditions. When exposed to bright sunlight, the leaves turn reddish around the tips. These color schemes are further spruced up by white to yellow star-shaped blooms that come out at the close of winter or early spring.

One thing to look for when growing this Sedum succulent is the frost. Any contact and your plant will be no more.

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Sedum adolphii @toriawats

2. Giant Jelly Bean (Sedum lucidum)

The distinctive feature of the giant jelly bean is the super thick glossy leaves. The leaves are green, but just like the golden sedum above, they develop a red tint at the tips when exposed to bright light.

The plant grows to a height of approximately 20 cm and produces yellow-centered white flowers during winter.

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Sedum lucidum @liveasucculentlife

3. Coastal Stonecrop (Sedum litoreum)

This is a bit smaller than those two mentioned above – it grows to a height of just 15 cm at most. It bears obovate leaves that are bright green.

The coastal stonecrop can either be simple or branched (usually at the base) and produces pale yellow star-shaped flowers.

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Sedum litoreum @stephmerchak

4. Sedum mocinianum

If you were to take only one Sedum succulent from the whole of this list, then it should be Sedum mocinianum.

The leaves grow together in thick rosettes and are green. The whole of the plant is covered by numerous tiny hairs that make it appear bluish. As with most Sedums so far, Sedum mocinianum throws up blooms in winter. These flowers’ white color is broken by the dark red anthers.

Though majorly small, this jewel can grow to a length of 90 cm.

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Sedum mocinianum @mai.bloom

5. Sedum confusum

This is the perfect Sedum for ground cover.

Sedum confusum grows rapidly to cover a length of 25 cm tops. The most pleasing aspects of this cupcake are the leaves. They are glossy, dark green, and grow dominantly near the tips of the long trailing branches. On top of this, they have an oval shape and develop traces of pink around the edges when exposed to full sun.

In summer, they put out adorable bunches of yellow-colored flowers in the shape of stars.

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Sedum confusum @coastalcacti

6. Sedum allantoides

This is another awesome Sedum succulent with Mexico as its natural habitat. Being not so winter hardy, you’re better off excluding it from your garden if you leave outside of USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.

Sedum allantoides itself is shrubby and, just like the Salexanderi above, has the potential to attain a height of 12 inches. Its thick pale green leaves form rosettes and have a powdery look. Its green-white flowers add more pomp during the summer.

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Sedum allantoides @barokahnursery

7. Sedum bulbiferum

This one is a bit more cold tolerant compared to Sedum allantoides above. You can grow it outside form USDA hardiness zone 5b through to 10b. This beauty has quite long stems – 2 feet is the approximate length of each.

The Sedum bulbiferum flowers in summer with the blooms being star-shaped and yellow.

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Sedum bulbiferum @chappyandmikky

8. Sedum commixtum

Quite a notable entry on this list.

This succulent has unique leaves that vary in color as it grows. The fleshy leaves start as grayish-blue and turn into a tinge of purple-red. These leaves form rosettes on the nearly 30 cm mature stem. And as the others so far, the Sedum commixtum bears yellow star-shaped flowers sprouting in winter.

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Sedum commixtum @potty_about_plants

9. Tasteless Stonecrop (Sedum sexangulare)

This little beauty has an adorable leaf arrangement. Its name – sexangulare – was inspired by the leaves. They are arranged in six spirals hence the species name, which translates to “six-angled.

With its small height of just 15 cm at maturity, the tasteless stonecrop blooms in mid-summer in June and July. The flowers have the signature color and shape of the Sedum succulent– yellow and star-shaped.

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Sedum sexangulare @vistaverdearranjos

10. Blue Spruce Stonecrop (Sedum reflexum)

Other common names include prickmadam, crooked yellow stonecrop, jenny’s stonecrop, and stone orpine.

This succulent isn’t much of an upwards grower. The tallest it can grow is between six to eight inches. Its lack of height is compensated to a small extent by its spread – it can cover ground equal to as much as 2 feet wide.

Although leaves are blue-gray, light green, gray, and yellow are also other common colors. The leaves have a needle-like shape.

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11. Nevius Stonecrop (Sedum nevii)

This is such a flexible jewel in terms of all the areas you can grow it outside. It can tolerate low winter temperatures of up to -40o F. This implies it can ideally be grown in a garden in quite a number of places. Areas in USDA hardiness zones 3a to 10b.

The nevius stonecrop is such a dense-growing producing numerous stems lined with gray-green foliage at the tips. The leaves are also narrow and pointed.

12. Mexican Sedum (Sedum stahlii)

You can also call it the Coral Bells. It is the unique Sedum succulent so far with its fleshy egg-shaped deep red leaves. The plant itself can grow up to 10 inches (25 cm) tall and spreads across 12 inches (30 cm).

The flowers are yellow and star-shaped – as with the rest of the Sedums so far – and emerge between late spring and early summer. To grow the Mexican sedum outside, you have to be in the USDA hardiness zones 7b to 11b.

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Sedum stahlii @solnechnyi_dvorik

13. Sedum treleasei

The leaves of this succulent are a sight to behold with their pale blue-green hue. As usual, they’re fleshy and are flat on top while being rounded below. The leaves don’t always maintain this color, though. Mature ones have traces of yellow or pink towards the tips 

Sedum treleasei can attain a maximum height of up to a foot (30cm). The plant is winter hardy in USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b.

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14. Sedum booleanum

This low growing beauty has a bushy habit rising to approximately 6 inches (15 cm) tall. The leaves are fleshy and bright blue-green and have an overlapping arrangement.

Unique to this Sedum succulent are the flowers with their red pigmentation.

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Thank you for reading with us today! Be sure to check out related articles from the Sedum family to extend your succulent picks like “Sedum Spurium ‘Roseum’ Plants— the Perfect Addition to Your Garden” or “Sedum Morganianum— the Burros Tail Succulent Plant“.

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Happy Planting! 🌵

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