This succulent is a hybrid resulting from the cross between Crassula perfoliata var. minor and probably Crassula rupestris. It was introduced by Hans Britsch (1933 – 2022) in Vista, California, United States, before 1980.
Crassula 'Springtime' is a slow-growing succulent with slender stems and grey-green to dark green leaves with ciliate margins and a few scattered papillae. It grows up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. The stems are erect at first but then arch due to the weight of the leaves. The opposite leaves are thick, fleshy, elliptic, and no larger than a thumbnail. Flowers are scented, star-shaped, pale pink with a red center, and appear in dense clusters in late winter and early spring. The flower clusters are up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter.
This hybrid is very similar to Crassula 'Bride's Bouquet'. When grown under identical conditions, these two hybrids are indistinguishable.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Crassulas are easy to grow but 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 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, ensure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, removing any rotted or dead roots. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill it with potting soil, spreading the roots 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.
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