Crassula sericea Schönland
Crassula sericea var. sericea, Crassula dewinteri, Crassula klinghardtensis
Crassula sericea is a much branched, succulent shrublet up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall, that forms rounded, spreading clusters up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. The leaves are very fragile, variable in shape and size, mainly inversely egg-shaped to almost orbicular, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long and wide, very swollen after rain, becoming somewhat flattened during drought. The upper surface is flat to rounded and the lower surface rounded. The leaf margins are reddish in the upper part and the surface grey-green with spreading, to recurved hairs. The flowers are small, white and arranged in an elongated inflorescence up to 4 inches (10 cm) long.
USDA hardiness zone 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °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
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