Crassula, the Jade tree

Crassula is an indoor succulent that displays surprising evergreen leafage. It shows up in more and more places for its very trendy ornamental value.

Core Crassula facts

Name Crassula
Family Crassulaceae
Type succulent plant

Height
8 inches (20 cm)
Exposure well-lit
Soil light, well-drained

Foliage
evergreen
Flowering summer

Caring for it is something anyone can succeed in, even though to keep it beautiful these tips will be very useful.

Planting crassula

Planting and repotting crassula

Crassula is native to South Africa and adapts well to mild climates.

It is preferable to grow your crassula indoors if you expect freezing over the winter. Indeed, the slightest frost would kill it.

  • You may repot your crassula just after having purchased it if you’ve purchased it when not in flower, but pots for this plant are usually designed for at least another two years of service before growing too small for the plant.
  • After that, an annual repotting whenever your crassula look like it is in a tight fit is recommended, with soil mix and sand, one part each.
  • Crassula can only survive outdoors in winter in regions closer to the equator.
  • If planting outside, prefer full sun exposure.

Propagating crassula

Crassula can be propagated by preparing cuttings from young stems.

It is usually quite easy to get the crassula to sprout roots.

  • Slice off young stems with a sharp and disinfected blade.
  • Plant the young cutting in special cutting soil mix.
  • Ensure the soil stays a bit moist (water only when it has turned really dry).
  • Keep you cutting near light, but not in direct sunlight.

Caring for crassula

Although caring for crassula is straightforward, a few tips will help you grow a very nice, long-living plant:

  • It requires a lot of sunlight.
  • Water as little as you dare because this is a plant that stores water in its leaves.
  • The soil must stay rather nutrient-poor, no fertilizer is needed.

Pruning crassula

  • Prune your crassula when the branches get old or look weak.
  • The pruning is preferably performed after the blooming.
  • Avoid cutting more than ⅓ off each branch, and, this is important, leave at least a few leaves on each pruned branch.

Watering indoor crassula

  • During the blooming, 1 to 2 waterings a week, when the soil has dried well.
  • Apart from the blooming season, 1 to 2 waterings a fortnight.
  • In winter, light watering 1 time a month is largely enough.

In any case, it is important to wait for the soil to have dried well before watering, in which case it is also better to water once rarely with a significant amount instead of many moderate sessions.

BE CAREFUL! Leaves from succulents are loaded with water. If they start collapsing, it shows that they need more water.

A summary

Native to Mexico, Crassula is a very beautiful succulent with particularly appealing leaves.

With its reduced need for care, it poses practically no difficulty to the caretaker.

Although excess water is what most often kills it, it also like having a lot of light, but not scorching direct sun, as when behind a window.

You can set it in a pot or a garden box, along edges or on rocky ground.

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