A chameleon, the green stems can turn purple red with plenty of sun, stress or the cold of winter. This Crassula grows offsets at a steady pace and will soon fill its pot, even spilling from the sides.
Little white flowers can bloom any time.
Crassula are commonly known as Jade plants and are one of the worlds most popular succulents. They come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes and are super easy to grow and care for. ‘David’ looks good in pots or hanging baskets.
SIZE (HxW): 5cm x 5-20cm
I SEE THE LIGHT: Choose a sunny to partly shaded position out of the hot afternoon sun (which may burn the leaves). Indoors choose a brightly lit position for best foliage colour.
I NEED A DRINK: When watering Crassula it is always better to err on the side of caution – too little is better than too much. Water well, then allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Less water is required in winter as they don’t like to be cold and wet. The leaves will shrivel if they are left too dry and may fall off – a great way to get some attention from you!
I WILL SURVIVE: If growing in pots use a well drained potting mix, ideally one that is for succulents and cactus. They don’t enjoy humidity, so ensure they have good air flow.
You don’t need to fertilise them very often or much, a diluted liquid feed in spring is all they need and they will forgive you if you forget.
Repot as required (ideally in spring) when they outgrow their current pot, do this when the soil is dry, they are easily divided to share with friends and family. Allow them to stay dry for a week or more before watering again.
If they get leggy, no problem, just give them a light prune, you can even replant the off cuts (allow them to callous, then pop them on top of potting soil and keep them moist), spring is the ideal time for this, ideally do this before or after they have flowered.
Crassula troubles and fixes: Mealy bugs: white fuzz on stems or leaves, use a cotton bud with some alcohol to dab them with, if your infestation is bad, they may be affecting your roots, dig up the plant and treat as above then repot. Spider mites: present as yellow or orange spots like scars or webs on your plants, simply clean with a paint brush and remove any mites you see. If you are overrun, cautiously try an insecticide, or outdoors predatory mites can be purchased online. Aphids: these tiny insects, usually hide under the leaves (ants may arrive with them as they eat the honeydew the aphids secrete which is a sure sign), remove aphids with a squirt of water, or just your finger. If there is a large infestation you can make up a spray of 1 cup water, 1tsp veg./neem oil, 1 tsp washing up liquid and spray over the plant/s then wipe down and rinse. Fungal diseases such as powdery mildew are a possibility but can be avoided by not overwatering and only watering the soil.
Supplied as: Pots
Size: 7.5 cm
Temperate to Tropical