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Growing Crassulas

CandideZA
Published on July 30th 2021
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A cake made to look like a flower
If you're looking for plants that are low maintenance, waterwise and indigenous - you cannot go wrong with Crassulas. Crassulas are the most unique group of plants in the stonecrop family (Crassulaceae) due to their diversity in species (over 140 in South Africa), shape, colour, form and size.
A close up of a plant

Why you should grow Crassulas

  • Crassulas are all-rounders! Whether in a pot, hanging basket or in your garden - you’ve got endless choices.
  • The flowers attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators to the garden.
  • Did we mention they're low maintenance, water-wise and indigenous?
  • They can easily be propagated from leaf and stem cuttings.
  • There is a wonderful diversity to choose from - ground-covers, shrubs, trailing and tiny.
  • They present a beautiful display of leaves and flowers.
A close up of a flower

How to grow crassulas

Soil
Plant crassulas in well-drained, composted soil. Add course river sand to clay soils to improve drainage.
Water
Although they’re succulents, they still need some watering, particularly during the growing season. Crassulas in the winter-rainfall parts of South Africa should be watered regularly in their growing season between spring and summer and crassulas in the summer-rainfall parts should be watered well during winter which is their active growing season.
Position and Frost
Due to the large diversity in species, the position of planting depends on the species of choice. Some thrive in full sun, others prefer semi-shade and there are even a few that deals well in a very moist and wet environment. They can tolerate mild frost, however, winter-flowering species should be protected.

Low growing species

Low growings Crassulas make good ground covers in sunny or sei-shady spots. Here are a few favourite species below!
Crassula pubescens on display at the San Diego County Fair, California, USA. Identified by exhibitor's sign.

Crassula pubescens

Crassula pubescens

This image shows a few plants of the species Crassula tetragona.

Crassula tetragona

Crassula tetragona

A close up of some green Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis leaves

Crassula pellucida ssp. marginalis

Crassula pellucida ssp. marginalis

Close up of flowers

Spatula-Leaf Crassula

Crassula spathulata

Kebab Bush

Crassula rupestris

String Of Buttons

Crassula perforata

Crassula nudicaulis (Syn. Crassula hirta)

Crassula nudicaulis

Crassula nudicaulis

A close up of a flower garden
Crassula pellucida subsp. pellucida

Crassulas that will do well indoors

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Hanging or trailing crassulas:

A close up of a plant

Shrub-like crassulas

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