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Crassula socialis 'Social Crassula'

Description: Crassula socialis, commonly known as 'Social Crassula,' is a small, mat-forming succulent in the family Crassulaceae. It is characterized by its tight clusters of small, rounded leaves that form rosettes. The leaves are bright green, sometimes with reddish tips, and have a slightly waxy texture. This plant produces small, star-shaped white or pale pink flowers in late winter to early spring. Its compact growth habit and attractive foliage make it a popular choice for succulent collections and rock gardens.

Distribution: Crassula socialis is native to South Africa, where it grows in rocky, well-draining soils. It is often found in crevices and on slopes, receiving plenty of sunlight but also some protection from the hottest sun.

Care Sheet:

  • Light:

    • Requirement: Bright, indirect light to partial shade.
    • Details: Crassula socialis prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate some direct sunlight. Too much direct sun can cause leaf scorching. If grown indoors, place it near a window with filtered light or in an east- or west-facing window.
  • Watering:

    • Requirement: Moderate watering with a dry period.
    • Details: Water thoroughly when the soil is dry to the touch, then allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again. Overwatering can lead to root rot. Reduce watering in the winter when the plant is dormant.
  • Soil:

    • Requirement: Well-draining soil.
    • Details: Use a cactus or succulent mix, or create your own blend with sand, perlite, and a small amount of organic matter to ensure excellent drainage. The soil should be gritty and loose.
  • Temperature:

    • Requirement: Warm temperatures.
    • Details: Ideal temperatures range from 65°F to 80°F (18°C to 27°C). Protect the plant from frost and avoid exposing it to temperatures below 50°F (10°C).
  • Humidity:

    • Requirement: Low humidity.
    • Details: This plant prefers dry conditions and does not require additional humidity. Ensure good air circulation to prevent fungal issues.
  • Fertilizing:

    • Requirement: Light fertilization.
    • Details: Fertilize sparingly with a diluted, balanced fertilizer during the growing season (spring to early summer). Avoid over-fertilizing, which can harm the plant.
  • Repotting:

    • Requirement: Infrequent repotting.
    • Details: Repot only when necessary, typically every few years or when the plant has outgrown its container. Handle the plant gently to avoid damaging its roots.
  • Propagation:

    • Requirement: Offsets or leaf cuttings.
    • Details: Propagate by carefully removing offsets that grow at the base of the parent plant or by leaf cuttings. Allow cuttings to dry and callous before planting in a well-draining mix.

By following these care guidelines, you can successfully cultivate Crassula socialis 'Social Crassula,' enjoying its charming, compact rosettes and delicate flowers in your collection of succulents.

Crassula socialis 'social crassula' = 9cm pot

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