Crassula Hummel’s Sunset is one of the several varieties of Crassula Ovata or Jade Plant. It is also commonly known as the Golden Jade, specified in the Crassula genus in the Crassulaceae family.

The name Crassula Hummel’s Sunset came from its Hybridizer and its sunset-like color. 

Emerald Edward Hummel (1903-1979), a prominent Nurseryman and Plantsman and noted Horticultural Experimenter and succulent Hybridizer, introduced Crassula Hummel’s Sunset.

In 1993, Hummel’s Sunset won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Hummel’s Sunset is an evergreen succulent subshrub with glossy small egg-shaped green leaves tipped with golden yellow and vibrant red edges. It grows up to 1-3 ft. tall and 1-2 ft. wide if grown outdoors on grounds. 

This award-winning succulent is well known to bring Goodluck to the people who are keeping this plant. People usually keep them growing indoors in a beautiful plant pot, regularly pruned, and grown as bonsai.

Hummel’s Sunset produces clusters of white star-shaped flowers during winter.

Crassula Hummel's Sunset Succulent Care Infographic

Crassula Hummel’s Sunset Care Guide

Crassula Ovata or Jade plants generally are pretty easy to grow. They don’t require much time and effort to make them healthy and beautiful. There are several factors to consider in cultivating Hummel’s Sunset. Learning the essential care guide in developing Hummel’s Sunset will help you establish a healthy succulent.

Watering Procedure

Watering Procedure

Every plant requires a different procedure of watering. You have to consider the type of plant and where you live in administering water for every plant. 

Hummel’s Sunset, as with other succulents, needs moderate watering for succulents. They don’t require frequent watering as they are susceptible to overwatering. 

If grown indoors, Hummel’s Sunset’s soil won’t quickly dry because it has a different environment from the ones outdoors. 

When watering Hummel’s Sunset, use the ‘Soak and Dry’ method to avoid overwatering. Make sure that the soil is dry before watering again. Do not water your succulents if you notice that the medium is moist.

It is better to underwater your Hummel’s Sunset than to overwater because Jade plants
are known to have fleshy leaves and stems that serve as their water storage so they can thrive in short periods of drought.

You can always tell if your Jade needs rehydration by just looking at their leaves. If you notice the leaves of your Jade begin to wrinkle, it is time to water it deeply.

Also, always consider the seasons in watering your succulents. During the Summer and Spring seasons, succulents need frequent watering than the fall and winter seasons.

Soil Requirement

Soil Requirement

Choosing the medium that you will use is also crucial in growing Hummel’s Sunset. The watering frequency also depends on the soil used. So make sure that you are using the correct soil type for your Jade. 

As you all know, most succulents grow in arid regions and rocky locations. To keep them healthy, you need to provide the same conditions as the original environment. Meaning, you have to create an environment similar to their natural habitat.

Jade Plants like Hummel’s Sunset require well-drained soil. This type of mixture allows water to drain because, as we know, succulents don’t like to sit in moisture for very long. It also gives proper aeration to the roots of your plants. Without adequate aeration causes the roots rot due to waterlogging.

Lighting Conditions for Crassula Hummel’s Sunset

Lighting Conditions

Hummel’s Sunset is usually kept indoors as an ornament and because many people believe that it brings Goodluck. However, this plant can thrive well both indoors and outdoors. 

If kept indoors, place your Hummel’s Sunset in an area where they can receive a lot of light. Place your Hummel’s Sunset near windows or window sill to receive adequate sunlight.

Keeping them outdoors, with full sun to partial shade, will obtain its best leaf coloration. They keep growing well if you provide them at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight in the morning.

During the summer months, be sure to protect your Hummel’s Sunset from the intense heat of the afternoon sun to prevent sunburn.

Pots and Repotting of Crassula Hummel’s Sunset

Pots and Repotting

If you live in colder climates, Jade plants like Hummel’s Sunset are usually grown in containers indoors because they are not cold-hardy. When growing Hummel’s Sunset in containers, it is essential to have good drainage as with other succulents. 

Jade plants or succulents generally are susceptible to overwatering, so always consider suitable pots for your Jade plants. Using terracotta and ceramic pots is ideal for growing Hummel’s Sunset.

Hummel’s Sunset can grow up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide when grown on grounds. If grown in containers, Hummel’s Sunset will remain small and cultivated as a bonsai tree. Jade plants are top-heavy, so choose a heavy planter to prevent them from tipping. 

Temperature

Temperature

Hummel’s Sunset is not cold-hardy. During the summer months, Hummel’s Sunset 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 Jade plant indoors during cold months, you can use a small greenhouse to cover them to protect them from frost.

Toxicity

Toxicity

Crassula Hummels’s Sunset can be toxic to humans and animals when ingested. If you have pets or children in your house, keep them away from this type of plant.

A friendly reminder: Always wash your hands after gardening to avoid skin irritation or, worse, poisoning.

Fertilizer

Fertilizer

Hummel’s Sunset can grow well without fertilizing. However, if you want your Jade plant to grow healthier, you can feed them with a balanced blend of fertilizer diluted to half strength every two weeks of the growing season.

Fertilizing also encourages your Hummel’s Sunset to bloom. 

Pruning

Pruning

Most gardeners prune their Jades not just for health but also for aesthetic reasons. Pruning can be crucial as this will expose the plants to potential bacterial damage, which can cause the plant to grow weak and eventually die.

Before pruning, consider the possibilities that can happen to your Jade. Take note: Prunning is for matured Jade plants only. 

When pruning, check first which part of the plant needs to remove. Take a clean pair of pruning shears and cut off the branches or stems you chose. Prune the stems at least to the nearest node. 

Propagating Crassula Hummel’s Sunset

Propagation

Crassula Ovata Hummel’s Sunset is an excellent addition to your succulent collection and can also be an accent piece in your office or home. It is also a great idea to share it with your families and friends as gifts.

You can grow your collection of Jades without spending much. Instead of buying new plants, why not consider propagating. While it is a challenging activity, it can also widen your knowledge about growing succulents.

Jade plant varieties are one of the easiest plants to propagate. 

Through leaves

In propagating Hummel’s Sunset through leaf cuttings, make sure it is a healthy new leaf for a better success rate. The leaves will start to develop new roots in about two weeks. New baby plants will begin to grow after a few more weeks depending on your climate conditions. 

Through Stem Cutting

The easiest way to propagate Jade is through stem cutting because it has a higher success rate. Use a clean knife or pruning shears to cut a small section of a healthy stem. Allow the cuttings to dry out for few days. Some people use rooting hormones to speed up the process. Put the cut stem into its new pot with well-draining soil and place them in partial shade. Water lightly until roots develop in a few weeks. 

Crassula Hummel’s Sunset Pests and Problems

Pest & Problem

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, Hummel’s Sunset is susceptible to pests and insects. If not treated early, it will die. Always check your Hummel’s Sunset 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

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 Hummel’s Sunset.

Mealybugs 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. 

Aphids 

Aphids are small sap-sucking insects in the superfamily Aphodoidea. They usually feed 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 Hummel’s Sunset, as with other succulents, you may encounter a few common problems. 

The most common problem that you can experience is overwatering. If the leaves of your Hummel’s start to look unhealthy and mushy, it is a sign of an overwatered plant. 

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 Hummel’s Sunset 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 Hummel’s Sunset, 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. 

Always remember that underwatering is as deadly as overwatering.

 

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