Crassula plants: Species, growth, care, propagation, pruning, and benefits! 

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What are Crassula plants?

Crassula Plants indicate a genus that has mostly succulents. ‘Succulents’ are plants whose leaves are extra thickened and swell because of extra water retained inside, they are very easy to grow. The genus has a long list of species and is native to South Africa. Most popular are the jade succulent plants. There are a lot of varieties seen in crassulas from shapes, sizes, patterns, and colors. The plants are available as shrubs, groundcovers, and trailing forms too. They look beautiful in minimal styling. Flowering in these plants is seen during the early springs or as the winter ends. They are highly drought resistant.

The name crassula has a Latin origin from the adjective ‘crassus’ which means thick” and was first described with ten species in 1753 by carl Linnaeus, who is known as the father of taxonomy. 

Species of crassula

To include all the species of crassula this whole article won’t be enough. There are a lot many. 

But the most known ones are: 

Crassula ovata 

Jade trees, the other name for crassula ovata, as I said earlier is the most popular of all crassulas. They look like tiny trees with thick stems and oval fleshy leaves. Crassula ovata are also known as money plants or money trees 

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Crassula perforata

They are known for their triangular-shaped leaves that look like hugging the stem and attached to it. 

Crassula arborescens

This shrub has beautiful round-shaped greyish blue leaves with shades of maroon on the edges. Height is about 3-4 feet. This plant is also known as the silver dollar plant or silver jade plant and now you know why.

Some more species are Crasulla bravifolia, c. tetragona, crassula pubecens, crassula pellucida, c. perfoliata, c. metacav, etc. 

Benefits of crassula plants

  • Make the corner of your super attractive wherever they are placed. They are best if you like minimal designs
  • They are known to bring positivity and luck in life especially jade plants(money trees). Crassula plants are also good for mental health.
  • Crassula plants also have medicinal properties like curing skin warts, healing wounds, improving digestion, etc. juice from its leaves is extracted and used
  • Crassulas are the perfect gifting options. It’s getting too famous day by day.
  • Easy to grow, and low maintenance required
  • As per research by NASA, crassulas are also good air purifiers.

How do you grow and care for crassula plants?

Crassula plants need full sun in most cases. While others need partial shade when the sun is direct having strong rays. For growing crassula soil need to be mixed with sand so that it gets well-drained. It is vital to notice that soil is not overly wet and is aerated enough to prevent root rot.

For the healthy growth of crassula plants, watering should be done irregularly when required. Look for dry soil when about to water. 

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Cold temperatures can hinder the growth of crassula plants. Avoid the activities that can freeze the plants and try to keep the plant trying in winter. Crassula plants can bear low to high humidity. Use fertilizer with a low level of nitrogen, and don’t overdo fertilizing the soil. 

In a few cases, crassulas are seen to be attacked by spider mites, and mealybugs if the leaves are kept too dry.

How to prune crassula plants?

Go for pruning the crassula plants when they overgrow or have lost the desired shape. After they bloom, it is the perfect time to prune them. Other than this, if you have some old dull stems you can cut them down too. 

How to propagate crassula plants?

For more such plant related-articles, you may also read, What is a Propeller Plant? – How to Grow Crassula falcata ‘Propeller Plant’? 

Propoage crassula in water

Crassula plants can be propagated in water. Like many succulents, the crassula plant’s parts tend to form new plants. Leaves can be placed in water after which roots are seen emerging that can be planted.

Propagate crassula from the stem and root cuttings

To start propagating your crassula, all you need is stem cuttings. Allow a callus to form on the cut edge of the stem before plunging it into the soil. Place your stem cutting in a porous clay or terracotta pot with drainage holes to reduce the risk of overwatering. Fill your clay pot with damp soil and insert the stem cutting once the callus has formed. Make sure the potting mix should always damp to the touch until new plants are established.

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A final note of the context

Crassula plants have a wide variety and the common cultivars as we have named them above. You have now known that they are cure-looking succulents and are great indoor plants that are super easy to keep and have many benefits. We hope you have liked our effort to bring the best information to you. 

FAQ:

Is crassula an indoor plant?

Crassula is an indoor plant. Their leaves are puffy having a hold of a lot of water, so they don’t need extra care. They are more resistant to drought. They are one of the best houseplants or ornamental plants.

Can I put the jade plant in the bedroom?

According to ancient Chinese beliefs, the jade plants should not be placed in bedrooms, also not in bathrooms due to flushing water, which is believed to rinse off the positive energies from the money trees.

Is crassula toxic to humans?

Yes, few species of crassula are toxic like the jade plants. They are toxic to humans, and pets and cause digestive infection, and mental illness if ingested. So try to keep them away from kids, and pets. 

How long do jade plats live? 

If the care and maintenance are proper even if they demand less, the jade pants as well as many crassula plants can love for years.

Do jade plants have flowers?

In very favorable conditions, jade plants may be seen to bloom as it gets mature. But as houseplants, blooming is rarely seen.

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