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Crassula 'Jade Tower'

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Scientific Name

Crassula 'Jade Tower'

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae 
Genus: Crassula

Description

Crassula 'Jade Tower' is a fascinating succulent plant that forms vertical columns clothed with jade green leaves thickly frosted with white papillae. The numerous flowers are small, white shading to pink and appear in late winter at the top of the stems.

Hardiness

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

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How to Grow and Care

Crassulas 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.

Crassulas 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

It is a hybrid by Myron Kimnach of Crassula perfoliata var. minor and Crassula rupestris subsp. marnieriana, distributed as ISI 1321 in 1982. It has the same parentage as for Crassula 'Jade Necklace'.

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