The Sedum Pachphyllum, which is a native plant of Mexico, is a succulent that takes the shape of a small bush. It is ground hugging and only grows up to around 30cm tall.
Over time, it spreads and it does this by rooting stems, it also spreads by fallen leaves taking root enabling it to create a thick cover over the ground.
As the plant ages, it can become straggly looking while the newer, younger plants are often neat and compact with flowers developing while the plant is still relatively small.
It is often known as a Stonecrop, Succulent beans, Jelly bean plant, Jelly beans or Many fingers but its scientific name is Sedum Pachyphyllum Rose.
Foliage: It has a base that is quite woody and branched. At first the plant is very much upright but as it develops, it curves and trails.
The lower half of the plant is bare and when there are prolonged periods of dry weather the stems will only hold a small amount of leaves.
The leaves are short and thick and the have an upward curve. They are a grey or light green in colour while giving off a bluish-tinged bloom. During the winter months, the tips of the leaves turn red and this is also the case if it is kept in the sun.
Flowering: The flowers which bloom during the summer months are yellow with tiny pure yellow petals. The Sepals are club-shaped and uneven and the stamens are short and stout.
Displaying: Sedum Pachyphyllum is an ornamental plant that is ideal for planting in gardens or in pots. They can be placed in containers on a window sill where the trailing plants will hang over the side.
Care Level: As the Sedum Pachyphyllum is a plant that can be grown in many different climates it is relatively easy to grow. It has the ability to deal with the sun, shade, moist soil and dry soil making it a very easy plant to care for.
They require very little attention and will do well in areas that other plants will not.
The plant is hardy in cool weather and is drought tolerant which means it can be moved from one climate to the other and they rarely succumb to pests. However, the plant looks its best when it is given the correct amount of light and water and it should be placed where it can receive full sun.
Other information: It is advisable to take care when handling the plant as it can cause irritation to the skin. The plant should not be consumed by children or animals but beware that the leaves are delicate which means they can fall off with very little persuasion.
|Names:||Jelly beans, Many fingers (common). Sedum pachyphyllum (botanical/scientific).|
|Max Growth (approx):||Height upto 1 ft (30 cm).|
|Poisonous for pets:||Mildly toxic for cats and dogs.|
|Temperature:||Cool temperatures in the winter no lower than 50 °F (10°F) - 55°F (12.7°C) is best and during summer between 65°F (18°C) - 75°F - (23.8°C+). The Sedum Pachyphyllum does tend to grow well in hotter conditions but it is important to remember that it should not be kept outside when the temperature drops to freezing. It should then be moved indoors and should be positioned by a western or southern facing window.|
|Light:||Some direct light is preferable for this plant. South facing windows are ideal or west, north facing will not encourage growth.|
|Watering:||During the spring and summer months the plant will require more water but it is important to allow it to dry out in between watering. It should be planted in soil that drains well and it should not be allowed to sit in water.|
|Soil:||It can handle many different types of soil although it does not grow well in soil that has poor drainage. Soil that is well aerated is best suited. Ready made cactus soil is a good option that drains well. If making your mix include bark and sand or perlite.|
|Re-Potting:||I would suggets a grower repot every two years unless the plant as outgrown the pot. This is best done during spring.|
|Air Humidity:||Normal room humidity is fine. Providing air circulation during the warmer months is advised (open doors or windows).|
|Propagation:||To propagate, plant cuttings will have to be taken. To achieve this, cut off leaves located on the stem and allow them to dry. They can then be placed into the soil. To encourage growth, ensure that the potting soil remains slightly moist until the cutting shows signs of growth, but do not over water otherwise it will not survive.|
|Fertilizer:||It should be fertilized during the spring and summer and this should be carried out once a month. Use a diluted balanced feed at half the strength.|
Rot near the base: This is a bad sign. You might want to take some cuttings to propagate because plants don't usually bounce back to health from rot disease. This is caused when the plant has been overwatered during winter that has rotted the roots. If all the roots are mushy then get rid of the plant, but if some roots are still white remove the sick roots then leave the plant out of the pot for a couple of days. Repot the plant and water with carbendazim.
Leaves wilted: The usual cause is overwatering, especially during the colder months.
Leaves very soft: When the leaves become soft this is also due to overwatering during the colder months.
Sudden leaf loss: Watering with cold water during winter is a possibility, but if it's summer then you could be underwatering.