Crassula Brevifolia is a succulent plant from Crassula genus and Crassulaceae family. It is native to the arid western edge of South Africa. This species is closely related to Crassula Rupestris and Crassula perforata.
Crassula brevifolia is a small branching perennial shrub that grows up to 50cm in height. It has fleshy triangular leaves with slightly rounded angles that get red-brown edges if exposed to direct sun attached in a woody branch.
Clusters of tiny pale pink flowers bloom in early fall.
Crassula Brevifolia Care Guide
As with other Crassula species, Crassula Brevifolia is an easy-to-care succulent. It doesn’t require much attention and care once established. However, there are few essential things that you should know to make it grow healthy and beautiful.
List down below are some essential care guides in growing Crassula brevifolia. These are the things that you have to consider if you are planning to develop one. Also, these care guides might help you grow some other Crassula species.
If you are new to succulent growing, you should know that watering succulents is a bit tricky. You have to consider the climate you live in, the seasons, and the place where you locate your plant. Aside from the medium you use, these will be the basis of how frequently you water your succulents.
Watering is lesser if you live in colder climates and more in warm temperatures. It is also more frequent during the summer and spring season and lesser during cold months.
If grown indoors, the watering frequency is much lesser than grown outdoors. The reason is that the soil outdoors dries quicker than indoors because of the ventilation and exposure to the sun.
If grown in a container, ensure that the water flows through the potholes. This way, you confirm that the water reaches the roots entirely. After watering, remove the excess water from the dish drainer. Never allow your Crassula to sit in water for a prolonged time. It causes overwatering that leads to root rot.
Some gardeners use the bottom watering procedure. It is the process by which you pour water into the drainage plate or in a basin with two inches high of water and allow the soil to absorb the water for 10-15 minutes. It is an easy way to hydrate your plants without worrying about overwatering that can cause your plant to root rot.
The most common reason why succulents die is due to root rot. Why? Because of the wrong selection of soil. We should understand that choosing adequate soil for succulents is very important to the plant’s growth.
As with other succulents, Crassula Brevifolia needs well-drained soil. A Well-drained soil but enough to hold sufficient water for the plant. You can use a succulent mix labeled as a cactus mix from Garden centers.
But if you want to make it more fast-draining, you can add perlite or pumice to the mixture. You can also create your combination if you wish. You mix 30% of regular potting soil and 70% of either perlite, pumice, or coarse sand.
Generally, most, but not all, succulents require four to six hours of morning sunlight to grow healthy and show their best appearance. In Crassula Brevifolia, this goes the same. Though they need bright light, they can also survive in low light for quite some time, but they will not thrive.
If grown indoors, see to it that you situate your Crassula Brevifolia where it can receive bright light to develop healthily. It is best to place them on a windowsill or in south-facing windows.
If you want to bring your Crassula outdoors, introduce them gradually to sunlight to prevent problems. Do not expose them immediately to sunlight. Sudden changes in its environment will cause problems, like a sunburn that can lead to killing them.
You can also use Grow lights or artificial light if you think your plant doesn’t receive enough sunlight, especially during the winter.
However, be aware that too much sunlight can cause sunburn to your plant. Avoid exposing your Crassula Brevifolia to extreme afternoon sun, especially during the summer months.
In choosing pots for your Crassula Brevifolia, always ensure that it has proper drainage. Considering that succulents are susceptible to overwatering, always ensure that the container you use has drainage holes. Using suitable pots and containers for succulents prevents you from killing your plant.
Terracotta and ceramic pots are the ideal pots for succulents. They have properties that will help your Crassula grow healthy and prevent overwatering problems that lead to root rot and eventually die. Using these kinds of pots also protects your plant from extreme climates.
Repotting the Crassula Brevifolia
Repotting is necessary after buying your succulent from Nurseries or Garden Centers. They usually come with a different type of soil in a plastic container or seedling bags/pots. It is also one way to check for pests and insects before carrying them into your garden.
To repot your Crassula Brevifolia, make sure that the soil is dry. Knock off the old soil mix and transfer it into a new container with suitable soil for succulents.
Also, repot your Crassula if they have outgrown the pot. Remove dead and rotted roots as you repot your plant.
Temperature for Crassula brevifolia
Crassula Brevifolia is not cold-hardy. During the summer months, Crassula Brevifolia can thrive in an ideal temperature ranging from 65ºF/18ºC to 70ºF/21ºC. In winter, it can survive temperatures as low as 50ºF/10ºC.
If you can’t bring your Crassula indoors during cold months, you can use a small greenhouse to cover them to protect them from frost.
Like other Crassula species, Crassula Brevifolia can be toxic to cats, dogs, and humans. It may cause vomiting, depression, and Incoordination if ingested. If you are growing Crassula, keep them away from your pets and children.
Always wash your hands after gardening to avoid skin irritation or, worse, poisoning.
Even if fertilizing Crassula Brevifolia is unnecessary, you may feed light fertilizer to your plant if they are not growing healthy.
Fertilizing also helps your plant to bloom. Feed your Crassula Brevifolia during the growing season, spring and summer. Do not fertilize your Crassula during the winter season and when dormant.
Some gardeners prune their succulents, especially Crassula Ovata, for aesthetic purposes only. But for others, they prune their plants to make them healthier.
Pruning is the process of removing dead and overgrown stems to encourage healthy plant growth. However, pruning can expose the plants to potential bacterial damage, which can cause the plant to grow weak and eventually die.
Remember that pruning is for matured succulents only.
Propagating Crassula Brevifolia
Crassula Brevifolia is one of the easiest plants to propagate because it will only take few steps.
- Make sure that the plant you want to propagate is mature.
- Select several healthy-looking stems just in case some of them don’t make it.
- Cut stems with a clean pair of scissors or pruning shears.
- Remove excess leaves from the stems’ cut end to expose some nodes from which new roots will grow.
- Allow the stems to dry for a couple of hours or a day to heal the cut part. Some succulents need more extended periods to dry because they have thick stems. Crassula Brevifolia has thin stalks allowing it to dry quickly. You can also dip the cut-end in rooting hormone to speed up the process and for a higher chance of success.
- Prepare a small container, preferably 2-3 inches pot, and filled it with succulent soil mix.
- Stick the cut end of the stem cuttings into the soil.
- Place the cuttings in a bright, shaded place and avoid exposing them to direct sunlight.
- Mist them once in a while but do not water them thoroughly until they developed new roots, about two weeks.
- Expect them to be fully rooted after four to six weeks. You can also see new growth at the side of the stem cutting at this point.
Switch to regular watering from misting and reduce the frequency of watering as the plant matures. You can also increase the amount of light once the plant is fully rooted and established.
Crassula Brevifolia Pest and Problems
Before buying or bringing plants into your home, always check it and the container for signs of pests. It is best to transfer your plant to a new pot to check the soil and check the roots thoroughly.
Always remember not to put your newly bought plants near your other plants. To be extra safe, you can quarantine your freshly purchased plants for a month before joining them with others.
Unfortunately, Crassula Brevifolia is susceptible to pests and insects. If not treated early, it will die. Always check your plants every time you water them to prevent problems from spreading.
In growing succulents, there are few common pests known to be destructive to your lovely plants.
Mealybugs are seriously deadly to succulents if not treated early. They sucked the moisture from the plants, resulting in wrinkly leaves, and eventually dried up your succulents.
These are tiny white soft-bodied insects and appear with small, white, cottony, weblike substance. Sometimes you may not notice those tiny insects because they hide in the crevices of the leaves.
It is easier to dispose of the plant if the infestation is too heavy. If light infestations, pick off mealybugs with cotton tips dipped in alcohol.
Another option is an organic spray, but make sure to scrape off any wax and insects, which also serves as added protection.
These are small sap-sucking insects in the superfamily Aphodoidea. You can often see them feeding in clusters on new plant growth.
Ants and aphids can form mutually beneficial relationships that make infestations even worse. Ants protect aphids from predators in return for honeydew secretions.
You can treat aphid infestations with a strong jet of water to remove the insects from the plants. You can also use a light soap mixture sprayed on the plant.
In growing Crassula Brevifolia, as with other succulents, you may encounter a few common problems.
The most common problem that you can experience is overwatering. Suppose the leaves of your Crassula Brevifolia start to look unhealthy and mushy. In that case, it is a sign of an overwatered plant.
If this happens, allow the plant to dry out completely and cut back the watering. If the soil is not fast-drying enough, consider replacing the medium with more well-draining soil.
Another problem that you may encounter is the browning of the leaves, which is a sign of sunburn. Consider moving your Crassula Brevifolia into the shader part of your garden or indoors during the summer months. Extreme heat from the afternoon sun could also burn the leaves of your succulents.
If grown on grounds and cannot bring indoors, cover them with a cloth to avoid sunburn.
If you are a busy person and forgot to water your Crassula Brevifolia, expect the plant’s leaves to be withered and wrinkled. Withered leaves could be a sign that your plant is underwatered and needs a good drink. Immediately drench your plant thoroughly to keep them hydrated. After few hours or so, the leaves will begin to perk up.