Succulent... jelly bean plant?

Bradley_JApril 27, 2013

Hello,

I'm just getting into gardening and plant, and I've found it is a hobby I love. This is one of my first plants that got me into gardening. I've never been able to properly identify this plant. I've found nicknames of plants that look similar to this succulent. This is what it looked like when I first got it.

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Bradley_J

I found I was watering it too much when I first got it. Now, I water it only about once a month. These are cuttings from the original plant that I pretty much lost. It started getting very leggy by losing its leaves one by one. It's pretty stuck in this state. I have it in a succulent potting mix, and it gets plenty of direct sunlight. I water it about once a month now. I've plucked a few leaves in an attempt to propagate it for some new plants. Any ideas what type of plant this is and what I have done wrong to make it so leggy?

Thank you!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 1:40PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Looks like Sedum rubrotinctum.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 2:11PM
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Bradley_J

Looking through images, that is what I believe it is too. Any idea why it would be growing tall and skinny rather than fat, stumpy and full? Thanks for the reply.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 2:28PM
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abgardeneer(Z3, Calgary)

Etoliated growth (tall, skinny) is usually due to inadequate light... despite that it's in a window.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 3:02PM
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Wisterialove(Zone 8)

Just thought I'd chime in, its probably a light issue as newer windows block out the uv rays. so, tho it looks bright to us its not the full spectrum a plant would need. I discovered this the hard way trying to grow my veg from seed and this is what the lady and my local nursery told me. Try a grow light!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 4:35PM
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Bradley_J

Great info, Wisterialove! They are new windows, so that very well may be the case. I'll look into the grow light. Thanks a lot!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 5:36PM
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Bradley_J

Great info, Wisterialove! They are new windows, so that very well may be the case. I'll look into the grow light. Thanks a lot!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 5:37PM
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Wisterialove(Zone 8)

no problem! hope it helps :)

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 7:27PM
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thefof(NSW Aust)

Another little thought.
You state you are getting into gardening, so I presume you have a garden?
Instead of using a grow-light, why not keep them outside, in the full sun, or shade, as required and bring them indoors for a couple of days at a time. A lot cheaper than electricity.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 5:49AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Agreed! After putting this guy outside, he turned from plain green to this lovely shade. Now obvious why it's called rubrotinctum.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 12:47PM
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Bradley_J

Ahh beautiful plant, purpleinopp! I will probably put it outside. Hopefully it will be happy out on my porch!

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 3:53PM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

It is Sedum pachyphyllum.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 6:48PM
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Bradley_J

Rosemariero, I think you are correct. Google images look exactly like this plant. Good call from the folks who suggested full sun outside for the little guys. I cut the tops of the plants off and propagated them. They both now have a lovely new root system growing, and they aren't so leggy anymore! They look like they should. Here is the progress from your advice Thanks folks! My plant was salvaged.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2013 at 3:19PM
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icechipmom

Definitely crassulaceae, could be sedum or pachyphytum-pachys have egg shaped leaves. A drought resistant plant that likes light and should flower and spread easily. Likes a succulent soil. Soil should be porous and rain freely, to permit ample aeration of roots: It must supply a correct balance of nutrients in dilue solution. When it flowers you may be able to make a positive identification.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2013 at 11:29AM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

Bradley, your plant will eventually grow back to look like it did when you got it, with longer leaves.

Purpleinopp, your plant is Sedum rubrotinctum 'Aurora'.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2013 at 10:56AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

TY, Rosemarie!!

    Bookmark   May 27, 2013 at 10:57AM
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