Red Dwarf Jade
South Africa and Mozambique
Crassula ovata 'Crosby's Dwarf is a slow growing succulent shrub to 2 to 3 feet tall with thick stems that hold 1/2- to 1-inch-long obovate leaves that are green with red margins and new leaves that can be suffused entirely with red tones. The more sun exposure, the deeper the red color becomes. The leaves and branches are smaller than a Crassula ovata plant which gives it the appearance of a miniature jade or a dwarf jade. It also grows much slower and stays compact and small.
The white star-like flowers appear in clusters within at the tips of the foliage in late fall through winter.
Crassula Ovata Compacta is easy to grow in a container, best in full sun but will tolerate part sun. It needs well-drained soil with a neutral pH. Water regularly from spring to autumn and allow the soil to dry out before watering again. During the winter months, water only enough to keep the leaves from shriveling. A most common reason for failure is overwatering.
It can be used as an ornamental plant.
As a general rule of thumb, all the ones with colourful leaves like Echeverias, Sedeveria and Graptopetalum like bright sunlight and semi shade in extreme summers. They cannot be kept indoors or in full shade. All succulents love morning sun.
You can fertilise your succulent once a month.
Watering tips : Make sure NOT to water on the plant itself. Water directly in the soil. You can use a cup or a glass to make sure the water does not spray on leaves. When watering, make sure water comes out of the drainage hole.
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