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Crassula cotyledonis

Crassula cotyledonis

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Crassula cotyledonis is a low growing succulent that naturally occurs from Southern Namibia to the Central Karoo, Little Karoo and Eastern Cape of South Africa. Growing in rocky and stony places in clayey soils, the plant is adapted to arid or semi-arid conditions, the mainly winter rainfall often low in these parts. The plants withstand some cold, often growing in the shade of shrubs.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Cuttings
Plants can be easily propagated from a single leaf: sprout leaves by placing them into a succulent or cacti mix, then covering the dish until they sprout.
Division
Pups can be divided from the mother plant, allow the soil to dry, then lift the plants, gently ease the roots apart and replant. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you repot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot.
Notes
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

Drought resistant
All succulents are able to survive on small amounts of water and can survive extended dry periods.

Geography

Origin
South Africa
Natural climate
Semi-arid

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Clay
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Alkaline
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Notes
Plant into containers or used in garden rockeries.

Personality

Family
Crassulaceae
Flower colour
Cream to greenish, Cream, Green
Scent
None

Problems

Crassula are susceptible to mealy bugs and fungal diseases. As with all succulents, over-watering is sure to be fatal, so err on the side of too dry rather than too wet.

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