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Crassula ‘Buddha’s Temple’

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Scientific Name

Crassula ‘Buddha’s Temple’

Common Names

Buddha’s Temple

Synonyms

Crassula ‘Kimnachi’, Crassula ‘Myron Kimnach’

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae 
Genus: Crassula

Description

Crassula ‘Buddha’s Temple’ is a very interesting succulent plant. In time it will grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall and start branching at varying levels from the sides of each column. The flat, thin leaves are silvery-grey to grayish-green in color. They are stacked tightly and folded up at the edges, forming a perfectly square column up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter. It develops the most wonderful spherical red, orange or white flower stuck to the top of the plant.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Crassula are easy to grow, but they are susceptible to mealy bugs and fungal diseases. As with all succulents, overwatering is sure to be fatal, so err on the side of too dry rather than too wet. Never let your Crassula sit in water. If you water from beneath by letting the plant sit in a saucer of water, make sure to pour off any excess water after a few minutes.

Crassula are generally started by division, offsets or leaf 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.

Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot a succulent, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. 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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Crassula

Origin

Hybrid of Crassula pyramidalis and Crassula perfoliata var. minor. Hybridized by Myron Kimnach in 1959.

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