Crassula Mesembryanthemoides growing subshrub succulent of the genus Crassula also known as Crassula Moon glow, Crassula Mesembryanthemoides perennial evergreen used as ornamental drought tolerant plant or bonsai, can grow in mediterranean, desert or subtropics climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 10-12.
Crassula Mesembryanthemoides leaves
Leaves color green-gray with hair in linear shape leaves fleshy leaves grow in pairs.
Flower color pink, the flowers small in bell shape and grow in clusters in the top of the plant.
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How to grow Crassula Mesembryanthemoides growing and care:
Well drained soil, frost free
What is the best propagation way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction – cutting leaves or stems
How to propagate:,
Seed – sowing season it’s in spring to summer, keep soil little moist let it almost dry take care that won’t be fully dry, use potting mix or sandy soil. Cutting propagate can be from leaves or stems, cut in the base of the leaf will be better, possible to cut stems or in middle of the leaf, need to let the few days in shade location and let it dry little bit before put it in the soil, after this put the leaves of stems in the soil watering it with moist and don’t overwater.
Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easier to start from propagation of leaf or stem
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Recommended planting season?
All year (in cold climate not in the winter)
Pests and diseases:
Snails, slugs, aphids, meal bug
How to prune:
Just for design dead leaves and bloom stem
Size of the plant?
10-30 cm, 4-12 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Small amount of water – let it dry between watering and care not overwater it will kill that plant, if it’s grow in rainy location better to put in pot with lava grit or something inert that the water to go out, also sandy soil
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun – might be burn in hot summer days / Half Shade / Full Shade (with light)
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Yes with light and with air ventilation
Growing is also possible in a planter, flowerpot, containers:
Yes, growing containers need to make sure that there are enough holes, also choosing the soil it’s important and also to switch the soil once in few years when the soil losing the ability to absorb water especially potting mix, soil need to choose little organic matter with inert materials like lava grit will care for the in the bottom and sandy soil on the top, possible perlite with peat soil.
Winter / Spring
General information about the flower
Pink small flowers in bell shape and grow in clusters in the top of the plant
Alternative name: Crassula mesembryanthoides, Crassula Moon glow