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Crassula 'Surprise Party'

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Scientific Name

Crassula 'Surprise Party'

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Crassuloideae
Genus: Crassula

Description

Crassula 'Surprise Party' is a popular succulent up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall. It flowers about 10 months of the year above soft, green leaves which are covered in tiny hairs, giving it a silver shimmer. The leaves are up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long and up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) wide. The flowers are bell-shaped and bright red-violet in color.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

Crassula 'Surprise Party'

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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 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

Origin

Crassula 'Surprise Party' 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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