Crassula are a large genus best known for the Jade Plant C. ovata. Mostly from East Africa crassula have become very popular as indoor plants in particular the Jade Plant which is known as the ‘friendship tree or Money Plant’. C. perfoliata var. falcata is another popular species.
Growing and care conditions for Crassula .
One of the main issues with all varieties is watering, these are a plant that are used to dry conditions and need the soil to dry out between waterings.
It is very tempting to give plants growing in containers a little water every week, however in most condition these plants do not require it. Overwatering will cause root rot and the eventual death of the plant.
In many cases Crassula can be watered once every 3 – 4 weeks, given a good soaking and then left alone. These are a slow growing plant, so over fertilisation is another issue.
Crassula prefer full sun to part shade, and are generally regarded as drought tolerant.
It is the wide range of of species that makes generalisation a little difficult, some Crassula species are tall and will reach over 2m in height, others are tiny, ground hugging to 10cm and less.
Crassula ovata (Jade Plant or Money Tree) is probably the best known of all however with such variety many types are suited to a range of landscaping situations.
Many species are well suited to growing in pots and containers, and a few trailling types make good hanging basket specimens
Care and cultivation
In general all are easy to grow, try a sunny position, well drained soil (let the soil dry out between watering). Watering in summer should be regular, in winter little watering is required at all.
Plants can be pruned back to keep in shape and new plants are easily propagated from cuttings and seeds
Species and cultivars include : C. ovata ‘Dollar Plant’ or ‘Jade Tree’, C. helmsii ‘Swamp stone crop’, C. argentea ‘Giant Jade Plant’, C. arborescens ‘Blue Waves’, C. cephalophora ‘Dubai’and C. falcata,’Propeller Plant’ C. multicava ‘London Pride’.
Crassula are available for sale online from the following growers
Specialist succulent grower with a large range of Echeveria and other succulent genera, including rare and unusual varieties for the collector.
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Succulent nursery for drought hardy plants. Includes: Adenium, Agave, Alluadia, Aloe, Anecampseros, Crassula, Euphorbia, Gasteraloe, Haworthia, Kalanchoe, Ledebouria, Portulacaria, Sedum, Senecio and many others.
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