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Succulents Box November 2018 - Care Guide

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November has come and with them our Succulents Box for this month! Please welcome to your collection: Variegated Elephant Bush, Tiger Jaw, Crassula String of Button and Echeveria Atlantis. Read on to find out more about them and their care instructions. 

Variegated Elephant Bush

Variegated Elephant Bush, Portulacaria afra is an interesting succulent. Its leaves are shaped like elephant ears, which give it the cute nickname "Elephant Bush". Variegated Elephant Bush is low maintenance and drought tolerant, so it can be grown easily as a houseplant. The soft wood branches can grow quite long, making this succulent a good trailing plant in hanging planters. The variegated version of Portulacaria Afra is called "Rainbow Bush" thanks to the lovely white and yellow variegation on the leaves.

Light: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Soil: Prefers porous and dry soil

Water: Water thoroughly only when soil is dry to the touch, then let drain completely

Tiger’s Jaw Crassula

Faucaria tigrina, also known as Tiger's Jaw Crassula, is a small succulent clump-forming perennial. The leaves are thick, triangular, and light green. They can turn purple when received plenty of sun exposure. On the margins of the leaves, there are upright soft, white (up to 10) teeth in opposite pairs that look like an animal’s jaw. Tiger's Jaw Crassula produces large silky yellow flowers.

Sun exposure: Full sun 

Water: Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch, then let drain completely. Avoid letting water sit for too long in the soil to prevent rot and fungal diseases. Reduce watering in the winter.

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

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

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

Propagation: You can propagate Tiger’s Jaw 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.


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Variegated String of Buttons

Crassula perforata ‘Variegata’ is a variegated form of Crassula perforata. It 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.

Light: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Soil pH: 6.1 and 7.8

Soil: Well-Drained soil

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

Flower: Wild Star-Shaped


Zone 9b 25 to 30 °F

Zone 10a 30 to 35 °F

Zone 10b 35 to 40 °F

Zone 11 above 40 °F

Echeveria Atlantis

Echeveria ‘Atlantis’ is an attractive succulent with round big rosettes. In the summer expect the rosettes to take on a powdery blue skin, but in colder temperatures this plant reaches her full potential with rich, red tips that are in striking contrast to the blueish-green bodies of the rosettes.

Light: Full Sun

Soil Quality: Well-drained, porous

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

Care instruction: Dead leaves should be removed from the plant as soon as possible to ward off pests.

USDA hardiness zone: 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

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