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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 an eye-catching succulent with rosettes of leaves stacked tightly and folded up at the edges, forming a perfectly square-shaped column. In time, it will start branching from the sides of each column. The columns can grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) wide. Leaves are flat, thin, heart-shaped, and silvery-grey to grayish-green. Beautiful compact, rounded clusters of pink to nearly white flowers appear at the top of the plant, usually in spring and summer.

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Hardiness

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

How to Grow and Care

Crassulas are easy to grow, but they are susceptible to mealybugs 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 plant 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.

These succulents are generally started by division, offsets, or leaf cuttings. Crassulas can be easily propagated from a single leaf. Sprout leaves by placing them into a potting mix for succulents, then covering the dish until they sprout.

Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot your Crassula, 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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Crassula.

Origin

Crassula 'Buddha's Temple' is a hybrid of Crassula pyramidalis and Crassula perfoliata var. minor (formerly known as Crassula falcata). It was created by Myron Kimnach in 1959.

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