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Our May box featuring Key Lime Pie, Variegated Strings of Button, Cotyledon Bear PawRuffle Jade Crassulaand Tillandsia Brachycaulos.

1. Key Lime Pie

Adromischus Cristatus, also called Key Lime Pie, is a cute succulent with chubby dark green leaves that have wavy tips like those of clam shells. The leaves are arranged to form a loose rossette.

Adromischus Cristatus produces whitish tubular flowers on thin long stalk coming from the rosette center. If underwatered, the plant will shoot out reddish aerial roots along the stem.

Bright Light.

 Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch then let drain completely.

Porous soil with extra drainage.

2. Variegated Strings of Button

Crassula perforata ‘Variegata’ is a variegated form of Crassula perforata. This rare succulent grows and spreads out considerably fast into shrubs of up to 18 inches (46 cm) tall. The leaves are up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long. 

Variegated leaves are gathered at the top of the plant and the lower leaves lose their variegation. It blooms with pale yellow flowers in spring.

It blooms with pale yellow flowers in spring.

Full Sun, Partial Sun.

Well-Drained soil.

Avoid letting water sit for too long in the soil to prevent rot and fungal diseases.

3. Cotyledon Bear Paw

 Cotyledon tomentosa subsp. ladismithiensis, native to South Africa, is also known as Cotyledon Bear Paw or Bear’s Paw. It is a succulent shrublet up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall. It is densely branched and covered with fine tiny white hairs, giving it a velvety look. 

The leaves are up to 2 inches (5 cm) long, fleshy, yellow-green, sometimes with reddish tips. These leaves usually have from 1 to 3 apical teeth, resembling the "bear claws".

Cotyledon Bear's Paw produces clusters of yellow to orange-red bell-shaped flowers in late spring.

Bright light and ample airflow.

Porous soil with adequate drainage.

Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch then let drain completely.

 Can be mildly toxic to pets and humans.

4. Ruffle Jade Crassula

Crassula arborescens subsp. undulatifolia is also known as Ripple Jade Crassula or Ruffle Jade Crassula (or sometimes as Lucky Plant or Money Tree).

 It is a succulent shrub that grows up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall and forms elliptic, blue-grey, twisted and erect leaves with purple margins. It produces very stout succulent branches and a natural bonsai-like aspect with compact rounded heads of white star-like flowers.

 Minimum of 3 hours direct sunlight per day.

 Well-Drained, Porous, Gritty. Optimal pH is around 6.0 (slightly acidic).

 Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch then let drain completely.

 Average summer temperatures from 65ºF/18ºC to 70ºF/21ºC are ideal. In winter, it can survive temperatures as low as 50ºF/10ºC.

 Feed once with a controlled-release fertilizer at the beginning of the growing season.

 You can propagate Ruffle Jade Crassula by division, offsets or leaf cuttings. The easiest way is to propagate from a single leaf: put the leaf in a succulent or cacti mix, then cover until it sprouts.

5. Tillandsia Brachycaulos

 Tillandsia Brachycaulos is a stunning air plant that you will want to display in your collection. Featuring wide, thick, strong leaves that are an incredible and vibrant green, the Tillandsia Brachycaulos resembles the top to a pineapple! It will produce many layers of strong leaves that transition as it grows. 

 This plant will also develop luscious red and pink hues when the plant blooms. The flowers themselves are a beautiful purple with slight yellow coloring. 

 Tillandsia Brachycaulos does well indoors but likes bright, indirect light. Keep this plant away from direct sunlight as this will cause the plant to develop burn marks.

 No soil is needed. Sand, sea glass, rocks, pebbles & bark chip can be used instead of soil.

 Water-loving. Mist 3-4 times a week or soak twice a week.


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