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Fairy Crassula in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Crassula multicava

 

Fairy Crassula

Crassula are succulent, herbaceous plants. Some varieties are suitable for rock gardens in mild regions as long as the soil is well drained. The thick leaves are often covered with hair or 'meal' and the flowers are generally small in size and borne on terminal panicles. Crassulas can easily be grown from leaf cuttings. C. multicava is a low-growing plant that rarely exceeds a 30cm high, forming wide mats of ground cover with glossy rounded leaves with small red dots on the upper surface. In winter it produces tiny flowers, pink in bud and then open to white on reddish stems. After flowering small plantlets often form in the flower axils.

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plant Features
  • Fairy Crassula likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Fairy Crassula likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Fairy Crassula is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Fairy Crassula likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Fairy Crassula

Latin name

Crassula multicava

type

Succulent

family

Crassulaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Fairy Crassula likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Fairy Crassula is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Fairy Crassula likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Fairy Crassula likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Fairy Crassula is 0.60meters x 0.30meters 0.60 M 0.30 M

Crassula multicava

Crassula are succulent, herbaceous plants. Some varieties are suitable for rock gardens in mild regions as long as the soil is well drained. The thick leaves are often covered with hair or 'meal' and the flowers are generally small in size and borne on terminal panicles. Crassulas can easily be grown from leaf cuttings. C. multicava is a low-growing plant that rarely exceeds a 30cm high, forming wide mats of ground cover with glossy rounded leaves with small red dots on the upper surface. In winter it produces tiny flowers, pink in bud and then open to white on reddish stems. After flowering small plantlets often form in the flower axils.


Propagation by cuttings

From Early Spring TO Late Summer

Crassulas can be grown from leaf cuttings taken in spring and summer. Pull a leaf from the main stem, leave it to dry for a day, then place it on the surface of the growing compost. The leaf will form roots and eventually, a small rosette will appear at the base. Remove and pot up the new plant when well rooted.

 

Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Summer

Crassulas need a sharply drained soil, such as 2 parts John Innes potting compost number 2 and 1 part course sand or grit. They do best on a sunny window ledge and in winter, require a minimum temperature of 7C. Repot every second year in early spring.

 
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