Why Is My Jelly Bean Succulent Turning Yellow?

It’s always a bummer when you find that your succulent is turning yellow. The good news is that there are many reasons why this could be happening, and it doesn’t necessarily mean the plant is sick or dying.

Read on to learn more about what might be causing your jelly bean succulent to turn yellow and how you can fix it!

Why Is My Jelly Bean Succulent Turning Yellow?

Your jelly bean leaves are turning yellow because the plant has been overwatered, it hasn’t received enough light, or the environment is causing stress.

I will now explore the most common causes of yellowing leaves on a jelly bean. By the end, you’ll have a much better understanding of why your succulent is yellowing and how you can care for it to prevent this from happening in the future.

Yellow Jelly Bean from Overwatering

One of the most common causes of a jelly bean succulent turning yellow is overwatering. If you’re leaving your plant sitting in the water by accident, this can cause the leaves to turn yellow and fall off.

It’s important that you let any excess water from watering drain through completely before allowing it to sit at the bottom of the container again. This way, your roots aren’t exposed to standing water for too long and will stay healthy!

Jelly bean succulents don’t need a lot of water to thrive. In fact, they thrive best in dry conditions and will actually rot if left sitting with too much water. I water mine every 10-14 days in summer and every 3-4 weeks during winter.

A good way to test if your jelly bean needs more water is by testing the soil with your finger. If the top 50% of the soil feels dry, then give the plant a small top-up of water. Those who don’t want to get soil on their fingers can use a moisture meter.

If you find that your succulent has been left in excessively wet conditions or if its soil is constantly moist even after thorough drainage, then chances are good that one (or more) of its roots may be rotting.

To tackle root rot, you’ll need to repot your succulent in a suitable container with fresh soil and make sure that it’s getting enough light. It’s also important to remove any rotten roots that are black and mushy as these roots are dead.

Yellow Jelly Bean from Too Little Sunlight

If your jelly bean succulent has been in the shade for too long, it could be why its leaves are turning yellow.

Plants need sunlight to photosynthesize and produce energy from their food source. This is how they grow! Succulents prefer bright light but can tolerate partial sun or filtered sunlight as well.

However, if there isn’t enough light reaching them at all, then this will cause the plant to stretch out rather than growing tall with lots of leaves on top. You’ll know that your succulent needs more light because it won’t have many dark green healthy leaves left – only lighter colored ones instead!

A good rule-of-thumb is that you should put your jelly bean where it’ll receive between four and six hours of sunlight per day. If you’re unsure, then it’s best to buy a light meter so that you can make sure your jelly bean is getting enough light.

Yellow Jelly Bean from Stressful Environments

The last reason why your succulent might be turning yellow could be because the environment isn’t suitable for it to thrive.

For example, if there are drafts or cold spots where the plant lives, this will cause stress on the leaves and they’ll turn yellow as a result (and eventually fall off).

Similarly, if the temperature around the leaves changes quickly – such as when you bring them indoors during winter – this too will shock them and can even lead to leaf drop.

Jelly Bean Leaves FAQs

Succulents can be difficult to take care of, especially if you only owned houseplants before. As such, I will now discuss some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to yellowing leaves.

Should I cut yellow leaves off my jelly bean?

Yes, you should cut yellow or brown leaves off your jelly bean. The good news is that jelly beans will grow fresh leaves if given the correct care and dedication.

Will too little light cause my jelly bean to turn yellow?

Yes, too little light can cause your jelly bean to turn yellow. Succulents need bright indirect sunlight in order to stay healthy and green!

Will too much water cause my jelly bean leaves to turn yellow?

Yes, too much water can cause your jelly bean to turn yellow. Succulents like dry soil and will rot if they’re given too much water!

Will yellow jelly bean leaves turn green again?

No, yellow jelly bean leaves won’t turn green again. If you want your plant to recover, then make sure that it’s getting enough light and water! Given enough time, your jelly bean will grow new leaves that are green and luscious.


In conclusion, there are several reasons why your jelly bean succulent is turning yellow and falling off. It’s important to determine the root of the problem so that you can fix it before things get any worse!

The good news is that jelly bean succulents are relatively easy to care for and can even survive in unfavorable conditions. All you need to do is make sure that the soil drains well, provide enough light (but not too much), give it water once every few weeks, and repot if needed!

I hope this blog post has helped you to figure out why your jelly bean succulent is turning yellow and falling off. If not, feel free to leave a comment below or contact me for additional help!

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