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What you need to know about crested succulents

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What you need to know about crested succulents

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Succulents are perhaps the most unique and beautiful plants your eyes will ever set upon on. They have extraordinary forms of shapes and differently colored rosettes that will definitely make an amazing spectacle in just any living space.


Not only that, but succulents are also known for having water-filled stems, branches, and leaves that come to their rescue in the drier days. But what do crested ones be different, and how exactly can you care for one?


Read on to find out more.



What is Crested Succulent and how does it form?


Like variegated succulents, crested ones are the result of a genetic defect in the apical meristem (the growth region in plants found within the root tips), which usually happens when a normal plant with a single growing point endured some physical damage, creating multiple growing points. This will now prevent the plant from normally growing a single rosette, as it begins to crowd and push against each other, forcing it to form unique, curved, and twisted shapes, making it look entirely different from the standard one.



Can Crested Succulents Revert Back To Normal?


Yes, there's a high chance that some parts of your succulent will go back to their normal growth, especially when it starts to get more crowded for your crested plant (this is called defasciation). So if you want to maintain your succulent's unique, crested appearance, start removing any of the normal growth seen before it starts to outshine the crested parts or cause the whole plant to go back to normal when left in place.



Caring for Crested Succulents


Since it is not normal for a succulent to be cresting and not well-adapted to this form, crested succulents, in general, are more sensitive and will need gentler care than their standard counterparts.


To be specific, your crested succulents should be fertilized and watered less because they are more prone to rot than your other regular succulents. They should also be displayed in a high spot where they can get plenty of sunlight and plant them n a pot or container with a well-draining potting mix.





Where to get a Crested Succulent?


Well, you can get one from us, of course! We have a large variety of succulents you can choose from, and below are some of the most popular ones we have:



  • Coral Cactus

  • Also called Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata', is actually not a cactus but are two different succulents grafted together to create an incredibly beautiful succulent that grows in the most unique way. As this plant matures, you can expect it to reach up to 36-inches tall and around 24-inches in diameter.



    Hardiness: Zone 10a

    Toxicity: Poisonous to both humans and animals

    Dormancy: Winter Dormant

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  • Crested Aeonium Sunburst

  • A crested succulent that also has a variation of white, yellow, and green colored leaves, which can develop red edges as well if provided with bright light. Unlike the standard Aeonium Sunburst, crested ones have stems that will flatten out and leaves that grow on a linear plane.



    Hardiness: Zone 9b

    Toxicity: Non-toxic to humans and animals

    Dormancy: Summer Dormant



  • Crested Cubic Frost Echeveria

  • A stunning, uniquely shaped, crested succulent with gorgeous lavender frosty leaves. This very rare plant can reach up to 8-inches in height, creating clusters of lavender rosettes that can get up to 10 inches in diameter.



    Hardiness: Zones 10a to 11b

    Toxicity: Non-toxic to humans and animals

    Dormancy: Winter Dormant



  • Crested Echeveria Frosty

  • Also known as Echeveria Pulvinata 'Frosty', is a magnificent ‘furry’ crested succulent that is very highly sought after, making it a great addition to your collection. This plant has pale whitish-green rosettes thickly covered with silvery-white hairs and blooms some yellow-orange flowers in Summer.



    Hardiness: Zone 9b to 11

    Toxicity: Non-toxic to humans and animals

    Dormancy: Winter Dormant



  • Crested Blue Atoll Echeveria

  • A unique, evergreen crested succulent has light margins on its fleshy, light blue-green leaves. In spring, it produces small orange and yellow flowers on its stems, which can grow up to 8-inches tall.



    Hardiness: Zone 9 to 12

    Toxicity: Non-toxic to humans and animals

    Dormancy: Winter Dormant

     

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