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Crassula arborescens is cultivated as an ornamental plant for use in drought tolerant and succulent gardens, and in container gardens. It is also suitable for growing indoors as a houseplant.
Branching succulent with fleshy propeller-like leaves that mature from light green to bright red.
Stunning as a container plant, in decorative pots, in courtyards and rockeries, and especially ideal for mass plantings and borders.
Crassula muscosa has very small, light green leaves that are densely packed around a thin stem, and the arrangement of the leaves around the stems gives them a square shape. The specific epithet 'muscosa' is Latin for "mossy", in reference to this plants moss-like looks.
Cultivated as a house plant in Europe and America for over a hundred years. Generally, it is a very easy and productive plant to grow, provided its needs are understood and met. Jades, and all other Crassulas are succulent plants, in that they have the ability to store water in its leaves, stems, and roots. Jade plants are best grown in very bright sunlight with low humidity, however if the plant is accustomed to dimmer light, you must move it into the sun in stages. Jades will sunburn if they are not used to the full sun. Jades are best grown between 55F at night and 75-80F during the day, however they will tolerate temperatures down to 40F. They should be repotted every two to three years. Use a well drained commercial potting soil mixed equally with sharp builder sand, and a scoop of bone meal added. Jade plants have an active and a dormant growing cycle. Watering and feeding are determined by the cycle. During the spring and summer months keep the soil slightly moist . Water liberally, approximately once per week but allow for slight drying between watering. Remove any excess water from pot saucer. Fertilize with a 10-20-10 or 5-10-5 ratio soluble plant food every two weeks. African violet food works very well for most succulents. Keep plant dry during the winter months as plant has a slight dormancy. Do not fertilize from November through March. Typically, all healthy Jades will bloom, usually around Christmas in the northern hemisphere. Blooming is triggered by the natural shortening of the days. If your plant is in a room which usually has lights turned on at night, it will more than likely fail to bloom for you.
The plant is said to bring good luck and prosperity in the house (Money Plant)
Crassula rupestris is a much-branched, succulent, perennial subshru. The stems are thin, fleshy near the growing tip, but rather woody lower down. Leaves are small, thick, opposite, ovate and lanceolate in shape, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long and grayish in color (during the summer months the leaf margins turn a brilliant red or yellow). Flowers are grouped in clusters, deep pink to pale pink, star-shaped and up to 0.25 inch (6 mm) across.
Crassula sarmentosa is a perennial succulent that forms a neat, rounded, sub-shrub with slightly toothed succulent leaves. While the leaves are dark green if grown in shade, the plant becomes highly ornamental in dry, sunny conditions, the leaves turning to an almost neon green blending to pink and yellow, with dark red margins. Flowers are tiny, white to pinkish, star-shaped in dense, branched heads. Crassula sarmentosa is of easy cultivation and is a very rewarding bedding plant for full sun and outdoor rockeries, pot plant and green roof plant.
The succulents in this group vary greatly in shape and size. Crassulas can be grown outdoors in regions where the temperature doesn't drop below 41F to 50F, depending upon the variety; some varieties can be grown in the greenhouse or home. Water is given freely to well-rooted plants in the summer but in the winter, just enough water should be given to prevent the shoots from shriveling. These plants will benefit from some pruning to maintain neat shapes, can be grown in sun or light shade.
Species and varieties:
Crassula 'Buddha's Temple'
Crassula "Morgan's Beauty"
Crassula obliqua "Variegata"
Crassula pellucida marginalis "Variegata"
Crassula x justi-corderoyi