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Care of the plant Crassula capitella or Campfire Plant.

Care of the plant Crassula capitella or Campfire Plant

The genus Crassula, family Crassulaceae, includes 600 species of succulent plants native to southern Africa. Some species are: Crassula capitella, Crassula Buddha's Temple (cultivar), Crassula arborescens, Crassula ovata, Crassula tetragona, Crassula lactea, Crassula multicava, Crassula corymbulosa, Crassula perforata, Crassula falcataCrassula marnierana, Crassula muscosa.

Common names: Campfire Plant, Red pagoda, Red flames. This species is native to South Africa.

They are small succulent plants with a covering habit that reach 20 cm in height. They have showy green and red leaves ending in points; the shade of red varies according to the hours of sunshine it receives. In summer, spikes with small slightly aromatic white flowers appear.

They are used in pots for patios, terraces and balconies, as an indoor plant or as a cover plant in rockery.

Crassula capitella can grow in full sun or light shade exposures; in semi-shade the leaves are deep green. They do not resist frost.

They need a very well drained garden soil with coarse sand; add leaf mulch. Transplantation or planting is done in spring.

They are plants resistant to drought; water moderately waiting for the substrate to be well dry. Almost completely eliminate watering during the winter as the plant goes to rest; if it's grown in a pot it can be watered once a month.

They do not need pruning or fertilizers.

They are sensitive plants to excess of irrigation.

They propagate easily by cuttings in summer.

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