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This plant has a strong fragrance
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Lizard Tail Overview
As succulents go, Crassula muscosa likes to be on the moister side. It can survive droughts but will thrive with regular watering (as long as it's only moist, not wet). It will also enjoy bright, indirect sunlight. Crassula muscosa is a perennial succulent. It grows as a dense spreading bush, with branches covered in small triangular/ovate leaves arranged densely, giving the appearance of scaly tails. It therefore makes an interesting houseplant. Tiny, non-showy, but strongly scented yellow-green blooms develop from between the small leaves. In small quantities, the scent may be considered pleasantly musky, but it is a powerful smell and in higher doses can be quite unpleasant. It can be grown in rockeries or pots in the garden, or indoors.
Common problems with Lizard Tail
Keep an eye on plants for a sudden loss of vigour or discolouration of foliage. Mealybugs can be located in the nooks of plants and are covered in white waxy wool. Crassula are susceptible to fungal diseases, so err on the side of too dry rather than too wet.
How to harvest Lizard Tail
Generally not harvested
How to propagate Lizard Tail
The genus Crassula are generally started by division, offsets or leaf cuttings. They can be easily propagated from leaves. Simply remove cleanly from the mother plant, let callus for a few days until the wound has closed and place on soil or in water and wait for roots to develop. Roots usually grow first to seek out water, followed by new leaves. This may take anywhere from a week to a few months and there is no need to water propagating succulents as they will glean all the nutrition and moisture they require from their mother leaf, which will shrivel up over time. The original leaf may be gently removed once it has dried up and become crispy in texture, only remove if it comes away easily otherwise you risk damaging the baby plant.
Special features of Lizard Tail
Can go for extended periods without water.
Can be grown in pots in a sunny position in free draining course, sandy potting mix.
Lizard tails can be grown indoors, provide bright light condition, can handle some direct morning sun.
Other uses of Lizard Tail
Grow in garden rockeries or in pot indoors or outdoors.