Pink Jellybean (Sedum Rubrotinctum) is among the favorites of succulent growers to have. They are colorful with combinations ranging from stunning shades of pink, cream, and lime green. The leaves of jellybeans are plump and luscious and produce lively bunches of yellow flowers once matured.
Pink Jellybean (Sedum Rubrotinctum) is a low-growing succulent with striking pink Jellybean shaped leaves that fade to pale green and white. Clusters of yellow flowers arrive in the summer. The plant grows to 6 inches tall and spreads out 3 feet wide. Extremely easy to grow, Pink Jellybean is an unusual and devorative succulent.
Pink Jellybean (Sedum Rubrotinctum) Origin and Names
Pink Jellybean (Sedum Rubrotinctum) generally originates from a process of cultivation.
In other words, Pink Jellybean (Sedum Rubrotinctum) is a cultivar of Sedum Rubrotinctum. They belong to the family of Crassulaceae and a genus of Sedum.
This succulent comes in many different names as well. It has common names like Aurora Jellybean, Pink Stonecrop, and the Pink Jellybean.
It is sometimes called pork-n-beans because the leaves turn into bronze in summer symbolizing the looks of pork-n-beans.
The most favorite non Botanical name is Pink Jellybean, and the scientific name of this succulent is Pink Jellybean (Sedum Rubrotinctum)‘Aurora’.
Whatever names you call it, they all point to the same plant which is known for its lovely and striking leaves and forgives neglect.
Excitingly, this succulent can not only thrive in most conditions that other plants can survive, it can also thrive in less hospitable areas that other plants find unpleasant.
Pink Jellybean (Sedum Rubrotinctum) is best for areas with great exposure to sunlight and less moisture. It also prefers to grow alone in one area because it tends to grow and sprawl out.
How To Grow Pink Jellybean (Sedum Rubrotinctum)
The equipment for growing Pink Jellybean (Sedum Rubrotinctum) are the basic items that you can usually find in your Potting Shed.
These are gloves, trowel, potting soil, and pots. You don’t need to buy anything other than the ones mentioned unless you want to go an extra mile for growing your Pink Jellybeans.
Nevertheless, you can already start growing your Pink Jellybeans (Sedum Rubrotinctum) just by having the basic equipment and the rest is all about treatment that this succulent needs.
You can always change the ordinary pots for something more decorative depending on how you want to grow your succulent.
What is important is to always use gloves when working on them to avoid getting infected.
2. Soil Requirements
It’s common among the succulent family to have good draining soil, and Pink Jellybean (Sedum Rubrotinctum) is no exception.
The required soil for this succulent is the cactus potting mix combined with perlite to improve drainage a little bit.
Exposing the succulents to wet soil for too long will promote root rot.
The combination of cactus potting mix and perlite is the most used mixture of succulent growers because it works perfectly well.
You can measure them by 2:1 ratio of cactus potting mix and perlite. You can also gradually adjust the measurement if you live in high humid places.
An alternative to perlite is using coarse sand. Just mix the coarse sand with the cactus potting mix with the same measurement of 2:1 ratio and adjust if necessary.
Pink Jellybean (Sedum Rubrotinctum) is very open when it comes to propagation. You can either propagate from stem cuttings or leaf cuttings, and both have a high success rate.
The only difference is that leaf cuttings require more time to grow whereas stem cuttings are faster and relatively foolproof.
To propagate them, leave the leaf cuttings or stem cuttings to dry for a day or two away from direct sunlight.
When selecting the cuttings, make sure they are already long and mature enough to propagate.
Once dried, you can push the cuttings upright into the well-drained soil and wait for them to root. This usually takes from two weeks up to a month long.
Remember, in the beginning, to keep them away from direct sunlight to prevent sunburn. You should water them if the soil gets dried.
When they’re finally rooted and matured, decrease the frequency of water application to once a week and expose them more to sunlight.
4. Watering and Feeding
The watering cycle of every Pink Jellybean (Sedum Rubrotinctum) depends on the conditions in which you live.
If you live in a dry place, you can schedule the watering cycle every 7-10 days just to keep them hydrated without soaking them.
Of course, you can always adjust this schedule if the temperature in your area is extremely high, and the soil dries more quickly, you will have to rehydrate them early.
However, in the winter season, if your succulents are receiving rainwater, you may adjust the watering schedule to every 10-14 days.
Yet, you don’t have to water them regularly – just wait for the soil to dry a little bit before putting on more water.
The 10–14-day watering schedule does apply in the spring and fall seasons as the temperature isn’t that high to dry the moisture from the soil quickly, compared to summer.
Before watering your succulents, always check the soil first because it may appear dry on the surface but stores moisture underneath.
If the dryness of the soil is about an inch from the surface, that’s an indication to re-apply the exact amount of water once again.
When the Pink Jellybeans are underwatered, their leaves will shrivel, and they’ll lose their plumpness.
This makes them look quite ugly because their plump and luscious leaves are one of their unique and attractive features.
When this happens, it’s a sign that the succulents are running low on their water storage. If you just apply water, they can plump themselves back up again and this will solve the issue.
On the other hand, when they are overwatered, the leaves will swell and burst from too much water because these succulents store water in their leaves and stems.
If this happens, just stop watering them until the soil dries a little bit and the plant recovers.
In extreme situations, you can transplant the succulents into a well-draining pot and remove the rotten parts.
5. Light Requirements
Aside from the perfect well-draining soil, Pink Jelly Beans also needs the right amount of light for survival. Typically, they need at least 4-6 hours of sunlight exposure per day to survive.
However, do not place them near the window because they might get burnt by intense unfiltered sunlight. Just move the plant a few inches away or simply increase the shade in the area.
Also, if they don’t receive enough sunlight, they will sprawl out to seek the light. This phenomenon is called etiolation.
The plants extend from the post after prolonged light deprivation. It might be stressful for some to see their succulents stretching out.
This weakens the plants, so you must transfer them to an area with enough sunlight to prevent this from happening.
If you plant Pink Jellybeans outdoors, put them in a place with great sunlight exposure. But before that, it’s best to acclimate the succulent to prevent sunburn.
To do this, you just simply place the succulent under direct sunlight for a couple of hours per day and increase its tolerance by extending the number of hours as the days go by.
But the plant, Pink Jellybeans is not a fighter in dealing with the full sun. This means it’s best to expose them to full sun in the morning and use filtered afternoon sunlight.
During summer, transfer the plant to a shade location or simply use sunshades to protect the succulent from extreme heat conditions.
In other circumstances, you can use a grow light if you live in an area with poor lighting conditions.
Pink Jellybean (Sedum Rubrotinctum) can also survive in mild frost to freezing temperatures, but they don’t do well in extreme winter conditions.
They need to be inside the house during the height of winter.
If you live in an area with mild winters with enough sunlight during the day, you can comfortably leave them outdoors and they will survive.
However, for areas with extreme winter conditions, you’d better plant them in individual containers to make it easy to transfer them once the temperature suddenly drops.
You can use greenhouse or frost cloths to protect your succulents outside if they are planted on the ground.
Alternately, for those in pots, you should bring them into the house to be with you during the worst of winter.
How To Maintain Pink Jellybean (Sedum Rubrotinctum)
Pink Jellybean (Sedum Rubrotinctum) has bright white flowers that usually arise from mid-spring to summer. It’s a great sign if succulents produce flowers because that means they are blooming and healthy.
However, we must keep in mind the factors that keep them healthy.
When the plant is already matured, they need more exposure to sunlight than water application, so you need to place them in an area where they can receive proper lighting if you grow them indoors.
When grown outdoors, see to it that they don’t get sunburn.
The ideal temperature for succulents varies between day and night, summer, and winter.
At night, they prefer cooler outdoor temperatures of 10-13°C and an indoor temperature of 15-18°C to mimic their natural habitat.
When they receive the correct temperature, it will encourage flowering.
Succulents don’t need fertilizers, but additional nutrients are not a bad thing.
While it takes a lot of energy for plants to produce flowers, giving them fertilizer to supplement their needs will help these succulents in maintaining good health and producing many flowers.
The name of Pink Jellybean is so catchy and different, one would want to own such an unusually named plant.
• It’s also a very pretty plant – so that’s a bonus!
• Yet another bonus is that it’s easy to grow
• And even easier to maintain.
There’s a whole world of succulents out there – some are cacti, and some are aloes, and were going to discuss as many as we can.