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Care of the plant Crassula muscosa or Watch chain.

Care of the plant Crassula muscosa or Watch chain

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

Common names: Fairy crassula, Pitted crassula, London pride. This species is native to Namibia and South Africa.

They are small succulent subshrubs that reach 30 cm in height. The fine branching stems are covered with tiny leaves embedded in 4 vertical rows. They produce tiny creamy or greenish flowers that emit perfume, especially indoors. They bloom during spring and summer.

They are used in pots as indoor plants or greenhouses; if the weather permits, they are used in rockeries.

Crassula muscosa can grow in full sun exposures but prefers a light shade exposure outdoors or a brightly lit exposure indoors. They do not resist temperatures below 5ºC.

The soil can be a mixture of peat or leaf mulch with 40% siliceous sand.

In summer, water waiting for the substrate to dry. In winter they need rest; water only once a month.

Fertilize with compost every 2 years in spring.

They do not need pruning.

They do not usually have pest and disease problems; avoid overwatering.

They propagate by stem cuttings quite easily.

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Crassula muscosa
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