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Sedum rubrotinctum

Pork and Beans, Jelly Beans

This fun succulent has bright green leaves whose tips turn a deep red when in full sun. It has a woody stem and displays yellow flowers in the Spring.

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Quick Look:
  • Full sun

  • Not suited for indoor growing

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 12″ (30 cm) tall

  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by leaves and stem cuttings

  • Can be toxic to humans and animals

  • Actively grows in Spring and Fall

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Sedum rubrotinctum “Pork and Beans”

Sedum rubrotinctum “Pork and Beans” is a fun succulent with round, bean-like leaves. It’s very popular among succulent lovers. The tips of its leaves turn red when it is happily stressed.

Watering

Sedum rubrotinctum has typical water needs to other succulents. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

“Pork and Beans” is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 20° F (-6.7° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full sun to partial shade.

Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

Pairs Well With

Oreocereus celsianus

Commonly Mistaken For

Sedum rubrotinctum “Aurora,” which has more pink to the leaves and can be variegated. The flowers of “Aurora” are also a lighter yellow.

How to Propagate Sedum rubrotinctum “Pork and Beans”

Sedum rubrotinctum is a prolific propagator, easily growing from any leaves that fall from the plant.

Leaves

“Pork and Beans” propagates extremely well from leaves.

When taking a leaf for propagation, gently twist the leaf from the stem. Be sure that the leaf you get is a “clean pull,” where no part of the leaf is left on the stem. This will give you a better chance of a successful propagation.

It is not uncommon for Sedum rubrotinctum to “drop leaves.” (Although this is not to be confused with signs of over-watering) You can collect the dropped leaves and propagate them as well!

Allow the leaf to callous over for a day or two before placing it on well-draining soil.

Cuttings

To grow “Pork and Beans” from cuttings, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a stem from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.

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