Crassula 'Surprise Party'
Crassula 'Surprise Party' is a popular small succulent shrub with upright branching stems and soft green leaves covered in tiny hairs, giving it a silver shimmer. It grows up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall. Leaves are up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long and 0.4 inches (1 cm) wide. Flowers are bright red-violet, bell-shaped, and appear in clusters at the top of the stems, usually in spring and summer.
USDA hardiness zone 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 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 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. Plants 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 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.
This succulent is either an unusually colorful form of Crassula mesembryanthemoides or a hybrid in which that species dominates. It is unclear what other species might have imparted such festively colored flowers, hence the cultivar name.
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