Crassula Atropurpurea

This small-leaved succulent bush produces masses of small, bright, white flowers in the Spring. When the plant is growing strongly, the leaves are a rich deep green, but during the Summer, when the light is brighter, they turn a deep mahogany colour. By being sparing with water during the Autumn and keeping the plant in a bright situation, the colour can be maintained until Christmas.

Crassula atropurpurea is often seen in cultivation under the name C. anomalla, one of the other varieties of C. atropurpurea.

This plant is very easy to grow and propagate, and is well worth cultivating for both its flowers and leaf colour. Like many members of the Crassula family, plants can become very straggly and are best started again from cuttings every 3-4 years.

This plant is quite tolerant of low temperatures down to 5°C (40°F) if kept fairly dry. Like most plants, it will benefit from good ventilation, but not draughts.

This plant requires a bright situation at all times and will grow happily if placed in a South-facing window.

Water well during the Summer months, allowing the compost to dry out between waterings. During the Autumn and Winter, the plant should be kept fairly dry, only receiving an occasional watering to prevent shrivelling. This plant will soon rot if kept wet at low temperatures.

This plant is a native of arid areas and will benefit from being kept in a dry atmosphere.

Feed this succulent regularly every 1-2 weeks during the Spring and Summer with a cactus food, or one recommended for tomatoes at about half strength.

Succulents will do best in a well-drained compost containing about one third grit. Repot at least every two years.

Crassula atropurpurea root easily from cuttings: – take 6-8 cuttings, 3-5cm (1-2in) long. Fill an 8cm (3in) pot with compost and make a small hole in the middle, then bush the bases of the cuttings together and insert into the hole. Firm the compost around them and keep slightly damp. Within 1-2 weeks, you will have a new plant.

PLANT SURGERY

Rot: Although these plants are not particularly prone to pests and disease, keeping the foliage wet at low temperatures can lead to Botrytis, a soft rot of the leafy tissue.

18. June 2013 by admin
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