Crassula Orbicularis

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  • Crassula Orbicularis is a succulent perennial that has a shallow root system, as well as leaves that form beautiful rosettes. The leaves are narrow, flat, and elliptic, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide with hairy margins. The colors of these leaves range from green to deep bronze, usually with red or purple undersides. It produces a terminal, compound or rarely spike-like inflorescence, up to 10 inches (25 cm) tall, with leaf-like buds. The flowers are cup-shaped, with a musty scent and rarely blackish when in bud. The petals are 0.2 inches (5 mm) long and are whitish or brownish red, appearing from June to November.
  • Light: Full sun to partial shade.
    Soil: Porous and well-drained succulent mix. Optimal pH is around 6.0 (slightly acidic).
    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.
    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 with a controlled-release fertilizer at the beginning of the growing season.
    Propagation: You can propagate Crassula Orbicularis 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 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)

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