How do you care for a Crassula Alstonii?
Crassula Alstonii is a stunning perennial succulent plant in the Crassulaceae family. It’s a beautiful tiny plant with squishy succulent leaves that form a dome with a velvety touch. From October through November, it blooms with little yellow flowers.
The following factors should be considered when caring for Crassula Alstonii:
Crassula Alstonii grows best in bright light with some direct sunshine. A bright windowsill will be excellent for these plants. They will not blossom in the absence of sunshine, and insufficient light will result in the development of spindly growth.
Crassula Alstonii thrives in well-drained, pH-neutral soil. To improve drainage, add coconut coir and pine bark to the soil.
During the growth season (April to September), water Crassula Alstonii regularly, but sparingly while dormant (autumn and winter). Allow the soil’s surface to dry somewhat before watering again.
Crassula Alstonii enjoys room temperatures ranging from 60°F to 75°F / 15.5°C to 24°C. No less than 50°F / 10°C in the winter. The combination of cold and moist weather is unfavorable. It loses color and becomes yellow and mushy.
Fertilize Crassula Alstonii every two weeks during the growing season, from spring to summer, with a half-diluted balanced liquid fertilizer. During the winter, do not fertilize.
When Crassula Alstonii plant’s roots become clogged or the dirt needs to be replenished, re-pot it in the spring. Because these plants are noted for being top-heavy, it is advisable to use a nice solid and substantial container. They will not topple over if they are in a hefty pot.
Crassula Alstonii is easily reproduced by stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, or basal offsets. Spring is the best time to take cuttings or offsets. Plant 2-3 inch long stem cuttings in a 2-3 inch pot of equal parts peat moss and sand and keep it at room temperature in bright filtered light.
Diseases and pests
There are no major pest or disease issues on Crassula Alstonii. They are, however, vulnerable to mealy bugs, aphids, and fungal infections. Overwatering can cause rot in the roots.
Is Crassula Alstonii toxic?
Crassula Alstonii is not toxic to humans or animals. However, pregnant women are advised not to consume the leaves of Crassula Alstonii. Its contain calcium oxalate crystals, which has been linked to esophageal cancer. Its cause’s irritation of the throat and stomach, which is particularly dangerous for young or growing children. When growing Crassula Alstonii, it is advisable to wear gloves in case of accidental ingestion.
Crassula Alstonii is a very easy care plant. It likes the sun and it doesn’t like the cold. Be sure to water the Crassula Alstonii before and not after the soil has dried out.
Crassula Alstonii is a very decorative plant, whether indoors or outdoors, and it’s perfect for windowsills, planters, and terrariums. The plants are easy to propagate and will last for years if cared for properly.
Is Crassula Alstonii a Fungus?
Crassula Alstonii is succulents that are susceptible to fungal infection. In aquatic environments, they can be carried by water currents and spread in their aquatic environment, resulting in white globules on the leaves of the plant. Fungal infection causes the leaves of Crassula Alstonii to turn a sickly green or white-green. Grey-green leaves are caused by the toxin produced by a fungus.
Crassula Alstonii will bloom from February to March. It has small white flowers with 4 petals, sometimes with pink tips and mauve centers.
Crassula Alstonii grows very well in bogs, marshlands and still water bodies on top of peat, silt or sand bottoms. It is also common in wetlands, where it forms compact bunches.
How do you repot Crassula Alstonii?
Like most succulents, Crassula Alstonii doesn’t like to be repotted. Water should be applied in moderation only and this plant should not be exposed to excess moisture.
Crassula Alstonii grows very well in bogs, marshes, still water bodies on top of peat or silt bottoms. It is also common in wetlands where it forms compact bunches.
Crassula Alstonii is wonderful plants that look really cute and adorable when grown indoors. The following are steps when repotting;
- Inspect the health of the plant.
- Cut off any dead or yellowed foliage with a sharp scissors and discard it.
- Cut a lengthwise slit in the root ball to avoid damaging it further during repotting process.
- Place the pot in a container of lukewarm water for 20 minutes to 1 hour to flush out any excess fertilizer from the soil, which may have floated on top, otherwise leave it undisturbed as this will help facilitate faster growth of roots and better drainage of soil as well.
- The plant should be placed in a well-draining soil and watered thoroughly.
- For better drainage, you can swap the original pot in a pot that has holes and allow the water to drain through them.
- If it is an outdoor plant place it on a sunny ledge or table and allow the roots to dry out slightly before moving it indoors.
- Also mist the plant with water once a week to keep it moist.
- Fertilize the plants every 2 weeks with a balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season from March to September.
How often do you water a Crassula Alstonii?
Crassula Alstonii is a plant that requires very little water. Watering should be done during the spring and summer months, only during the hot season in environments with high humidity. Watering these plants 2-3 times a week is sufficient, or it can be watered every other day or once every day.
Crassula Alstonii should be watered only when the soil is dry. Watering too much can cause rot so the water should only be poured to the top surface of soil. When watering, care must be taken so that water is not poured directly to the crown of the plant, as this could cause root rot.
Crassula Alstonii should not be exposed to water after it has been repotted. The plant should be placed in its new pot and allowed to drain completely before being exposed to water again.
What should you do if Crassula Alstonii is brown?
Crassula Alstonii is susceptible to a fungal disease called “chlorotic mottle” in which it turns brown. This fungus affects the entire plant and may cause the leaves to wilt severely or die. It can be easily detected as a yellow-brown mottled pattern that creeps up the plant’s leaves and stems.
Once the leaves turn brown and fall, it’s time to repot your Crassula Alstonii into a larger pot. Crassula Alstonii can be treated with copper sulfate, which is inexpensive and easy to use. Copper sulfate will kill the fungal disease and it will also reverse any visible scorch or mottling. When using copper sulfate, be sure to test a small area of the plant before applying a larger amount of treatment.
How do you propagate a Crassula Alstonii?
Propagation of Crassula Alstonii is very simple. This can be done by either taking stem-tip cuttings or leaf cuttings. The following are steps to follow when propagating by;
- The stem tip cuttings should have one or two nodes; the leaves should be clean and without damage and the leaves should be trimmed to make room for the roots.
- Then they should be placed between moist peat moss and kept in a warm location, these cuttings will take 10 to 12 weeks to grow into mature plants.
- The leaves should be taken from the stem of the plant and placed between moist peat moss. It will take 2 weeks for roots to grow.
- The plants can be transplanted after 3 months or when they are fully grown into a larger pot. Care must be taken when propagating any plant, as this can result in the spread of fungi and bacteria which can damage your plants. When taking leaf cuttings, ensure that the leaf has not been damaged in any way as this could lead to rotting of its stem during propagation.
- The leaves should be clean and free from any type of damage.
- The leaves should then be placed between moist peat moss and kept in a warm location, as this will take 10 to 12 weeks for the leaves to grow into mature plants.
- The leaves should be taken from the plant, ensure that the leaf has not been damaged in any way as this could lead to rotting of its stem during propagation.
- The plants can be transplanted after 3 months or when they are fully grown into a larger pot.
Why is Crassula Alstonii turning yellow?
The yellowing leaves of Crassula Alstonii are caused by the following factors;
Lack of nutrients: Lack of nitrogen and potassium in the soil. This could be a result of over fertilization or loss of water which results to deficiency in these minerals. Crassula Alstonii should be fertilized with a well-balanced fertilizer that’s recommended for succulent plants. The recommended fertilizer should supply the following elements; 15% nitrogen, 10% phosphorous and 15% potassium. This will ensure that you are feeding your plant properly.
Too much light: It can be difficult to determine the amount of light that your plant requires. However, there are signs that could indicate if it needs more or less light. If your plant loses leaf mass but sustains its stems, then it is likely to become deformed because of too much light.
Too much water: If the soil becomes soggy, the roots of your Crassula Alstonii will not be able to take in water so the leaves will wilt and turn yellow.
Poor drainage: If the soil is not draining well, the roots of your Crassula Alstonii will not be able to take in water so the leaves will wilt and turn yellow.
How tall does Crassula Alstonii grow?
Crassula Alstonii is a lovely dwarf succulent with fleshy leaves that gather to form a velvety-textured dome. It can reach a height of 1.6 inches (4 cm). Crassula Alstonii is not a particularly fast-growing succulent, though it can be easily propagated to create new plants.
Crassula Alstonii is a great choice for gardeners who want a small succulent that can be tucked into a pot or allowed to grow in the ground. It thrives well in full sun and adapts to a variety of soil types, from sand to clay.
Even though it grows slowly and reaches only about 4 inches in height, it produces offsets that form clusters. These clusters can be harvested for propagation, which makes it a very easy succulent to share or give as a gift.
Crassula Alstonii is used as an ornamental plant in landscaping throughout the world. They are also used in rock gardens, as bedding plants or in containers planted with other succulents.