Crassula streyi Toelken
Pondo Cliff Crassula, Pondoland Crassula
Crassula streyi is a relatively slow growing, perennial succulent up to 14 inches (35 cm) tall, but is usually shorter as the stems tend to sprawl and lose the lower leaves as get older. The lax stems sometimes send down roots. The broadly elliptic, succulent leaves are dark glossy green on the top, while the under surface is maroon to carmine giving it a striking appearance. The leaves become longer as they age. The dainty terminal sprays of greenish yellow flowers are tinged red and borne in spring.
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
Native to South Africa.
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