Crassula Ovata, a succulent belonging to the Crassulaceae family, also known as the money plant, has thick green tubed leaves with the bright red color marking its tips. This succulent is known to be very delicate due to being sensitive to overwatering. Native to South Africa, this houseplant blossoms star-shaped white and pinkish flowers. Its rare and unusual tube-like structure is what makes this plant different from any other succulent you may know. This plant is also known by other common names like Shrek’s ears, finger plants, or even Ogre’s ears due to its tubal leaf structure. Not only this but being related to the hobbit jade, this plant is also classified under the category of ” Lord of the rings”
Not requiring much attention or effort, this plant is extremely easy to grow and maintain. Being a member of the Jade Plant family, it manages to automatically attract attention with its distinct look. The Crassula Ovata can easily be grown both indoors as well as outdoors. Like many other succulents, it needs pretty much the same requirements to grow into a fully bloomed green plant. They can eventually grow up to 3 feet (30 cm to 891 cm) tall and 2 feet (30 cm to 60 cm) wide. The containers used to hold this plant must be properly embedded with drainage holes as this plant is extremely sensitive to overwatering.
Many people take Crassula Ovata is a sign of good luck and so you will find it in many houses, gardens and even offices. They can be placed on the window sills to allow enough sunlight to reach them and keep their colors vibrant. Let us look at some important tips required to properly take care of the Crassula Ovata:
The most important factor adding up to the well-being of this plant is its soil. It requires a well-draining gritty mixed soil, something like the cacti and succulent mix. Coarse sand particles can be added to make it even better. As long as the soil drains off all the excess water, it is very suitable for this succulent plant.
Sunlight plays a very important role in the growth of this plant. Along with taking care of other necessities, it is important to ensure your succulent gets good exposure to sunlight, at least 4 hours per day. It is not recommended to directly leave your plant in the scorching sun as they cannot bear the intense heat and most likely will burn like many other succulent plants. Especially in the afternoon. You can take care of this problem by keeping them under the light shade of an umbrella or a curtain. The plant must be gradually exposed to sunlight with time. However, this plant also manages to strive in little sunlight, but not a negligible amount. If you want the complete outcome in a few days, then it is recommended to place it in a nice sunny and bright area.
This jade plant is fall and winter dormant. This means that their growth either slows down or entirely pauses for some period of time, most likely throughout the season. So make sure to cut down the watering during this period.
It is advisable to follow a watering schedule for this plant during spring and summers. The best technique suitable for this plant is the “Soak and dry” method. It works very well with it. At the same time, you need to bear in mind that this plant is extremely sensitive to overwatering so you have to be extra careful while watering it. Make sure to water only when the plant shows its signs of thirst. That is when the soil is completely dry. But that also does not mean to completely leave your succulent unattended just because it requires less water than other plants. You also cannot take the risk of under-watering your plant otherwise it will just dry out and die.
Watering should be very light and infrequent during winters.
You can use distilled or filtered water for the purpose. If the water contains salt then it can most likely be the reason behind damaging your plant. Avoid getting the water on the leaves as much as you can and make sure it is only poured on the roots until the soil is completely soaked but at the same time not dripping with water.
Succulent plants do not need to be fertilized very heavily. Like every other plant, even Crassula Ovata needs to be fertilized lightly during the initial months of growing. It should be fed with a mix of weak succulent food during the summers.
It is very easy to propagate this succulent. You can easily use its leaf to breed more of this plant or can even make use of its cuttings. In the case of a leaf, make sure to pull a clean leaf from the plant and see that none of its parts remains left on the plant itself. As for the cutting, a tube should be pulled out from the base of the plant and must be left to dry for some days. A fine cut should be made with a sharp knife or scissors on the cutting of a new plant and it should then be placed in well-draining soil. All protocols mentioned above should be followed to grow a healthy Crassula Ovata.
Now that you know everything you needed to grow and maintain your own Crassula Ovata then get into action now and start working on it!