Crassula dependens Bolus
Crassula harveyi var. dependens, Crassula basutica, Crassula griquaensis, Crassula harveyi, Crassula laxa, Crassula montis-moltkei, Crassula revolvens, Creusa revolvens
Crassula dependens is a succulent plant with decumbent to prostrate, moderately branched stems that bear fleshy, green, lance-shaped leaves. It grows up to 2 inches (5 cm) tall. The young branches are covered with hair-like papillae, while the old ones are covered with brown bark. Flowers are small, white or cream-colored, tubular, and appear on short stalks. Petal lobes have triangular, recurving tips and tiny ridges on their outside surfaces. Dark anthers can be seen in the flower mouth. Green sepals with acute tips envelop the corolla in the picture. The flowers appear from mid-summer to early fall.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
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. Crassulas 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 your Crassula, 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.
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Crassula dependens is native to South Africa and Namibia.
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Crassula dependens – Succulent plants
Crassula dependens is attractive, branched, perennial succulent (reaches up to 2 inches tall), with hair-like papillae or nipple-like protuberances along the stem surfaces. The fleshy green leaves are narrowly lanceolate with acute tips. The small, white or cream, tubular flowers grow on short stalks. The blooms appear from mid-summer to early fall.
Scientific Name: Crassula dependens Bolus
Synonyms: Crassula harveyi var. dependens, Crassula basutica, Crassula griquaensis, Crassula harveyi, Crassula laxa, Crassula montis-moltkei, Crassula revolvens, Creusa revolvens.
How to grow and maintain Crassula dependens:
It thrives best in bright light with some direct sunlight. A sunny windowsill will be an ideal position for these plants. They will not flower without sunlight and inadequate light will cause developing spindly growth.
It grows well in well-drained soil with a neutral pH. Add coconut coir and Pine bark to make the soil more drainage friendly.
Water regularly, during the growing season (April to September), but water sparingly when dormant (autumn and winter). Allow the top of the soil to slightly dry out before watering again.
It prefers ideal room temperatures of around 60°F – 75°F / 15.5°C – 24°C. During winter no less than 50°F / 10°C. Cold weather and damp weather is not good. It loses its color and turns yellow and mushy.
Fertilize every two weeks during the growing season, from spring through summer with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half. Do not fertilize during the winter.
Re-pot in spring when the plant becomes root bound or the soil needs renewing. A good solid and heavy pot is best to use because of these plants are well known for being top-heavy. A heavy pot will prevent them from tipping over.
It can be easily propagated by stem cuttings, leaf cuttings or by basal offsets. The cuttings or offsets should be taken in spring. Take 2-3 inch long stem cuttings and plant it in a 2-3 inch pot of equal parts mixture of peat moss and sand and keep it at normal room temperature in the bright filtered light.
Pests and Diseases:
It has is no serious pest or disease problems. But they are susceptible to mealy bugs, aphids, and fungal diseases. Overwatering may cause the roots to rot.
Crassula Plant Care
Depending on your climate, Crassula plants can be either garden plants or indoor potted specimens. Given their low water needs, jade plants and other Crassula species are ideal for people who tend to neglect their plants. They are very hard to kill and very easy to propagate from cuttings. Even a single leaf that falls from the plant will often take root in potting mix. However, don't completely neglect your plant—it still needs water!
Crassula can be sensitive to temperature. Too hot, and they will go dormant and drop their lower leaves—too cold, and they will fail to grow or thrive. Other than that, they tend to tolerate neglect just fine. With all species, you can aggressively cut the plants back whenever they get straggly or leggy.
Most Crassula plants need some shade in the hottest part of summer but require bright light to attain their most vibrant color. When grown outdoors, a site with morning sun and afternoon shade is perfect (if placed in full sun all day, the leaves may scald). When grown indoors, place your plants in a spot that receives bright indirect light all day, or direct sun for six hours of the day. A southern-facing window is ideal.
Crassula plants need soil that is very well-draining and will do best in sandy, rocky blends formulated especially for succulents. They prefer neutral to slightly acidic soil, but even extreme pH levels rarely kill the plant. Crassula plants will react badly to boggy, wet soils, as their roots can easily rot.
As a general rule of thumb, succulent plants prefer sparse watering. To avoid overwatering, soak the plant, allow it to drain completely, then wait for the soil to dry out before watering again. During cooler months, you can reduce watering, as the roots can rot in cold, wet soil. Crassula plants begin actively growing in the spring, so watch for a slight increase in watering needs. When grown indoors, watering should be minimized from late fall through winter, as the plants go semi-dormant during this time.
Temperature and Humidity
Crassula plants can be grown outdoors as perennials in zones nine through 12, but elsewhere you will need to bring them in for the winter or grow them as houseplants. Some species will tolerate a mild frost, but temperatures below 30 degrees Fahrenheit may be enough to kill them off. Jade plants and other crassula species prefer low humidity, but they also survive nicely in very humid climates.
Feed Crassula plants sparingly. You can give them a little organic fertilizer in mid-spring when they start actively growing, but further feeding is not necessary.