How do you care for Crassula Barklyi?
Crassula Barklyi is an excellent starter succulent due to its ease of cultivation. It requires a sandy base that drains well and a sunny location.
Water it sparingly in the spring and summer and sparingly in the winter, keeping the soil dry. It is frost resistant to -5oC, however it is preferable if the temperature does not go below 5oC. Consider the following aspects when providing care:
During the hottest afternoon hours, Crassula Barklyi loves direct sun with moderate shade. It is not tolerant of complete shade. They flourish in the late afternoon sunlight. If possible, place them on a sill that faces south or west. During peak hours, a translucent drape might shield the plant from leaf burn.
Temperature and Humidity
It prefers temperatures between 60°F and 75°F / 15.5°C and 24°C. Minimum temperature of 50°F / 10°C throughout the winter. Weather that is too cold or too wet is not desirable. It begins to fade in color and becomes yellow and mushy.
This dry shrub thrives in hot climates with minimal humidity. It thrives at temperatures above 75°F, but avoids temperatures consistently below 40°F. During the cooler months, bring it indoors and place it on a sunny windowsill.
This plant is extremely low-maintenance in terms of watering. Succulent leaves hold a significant amount of moisture, so allow the soil to completely dry between watering. When you do water, be sure to completely saturate the soil. Reduce watering even more throughout the winter, when these plants remain dormant.
Crassula Barklyi thrives on sandy, well-drained soils. It’s ideal to use a cactus or succulent potting mix. Additionally, you may modify standard potting mix with sand or fine grit up to 50% to increase texture and drainage.
Perfumed, small white stemless blooms may bloom throughout the winter when exposed to sufficient light. They are generally insignificant when the plant is first planted, yet do improve over time. They are likely to become more abundant with time.
Fertilization is not required, but if you do use one, makes sure it is formulated particularly for cacti and succulents. This plant blooms in the spring and fall. Fertilize once throughout each active growth season, diluting half the recommended quantity. Never fertilize during the summer, when the plant is dormant.
It is propagated easily from stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, or basal offsets. Spring is the best time to take cuttings or offsets. Take 2-3 inch long stem cuttings and plant them in a 2-3 inch pot made up of equal parts peat moss and sand. Keep the container at a regular room temperature and in bright filtered light.
Diseases and Pests
This plant is quite resistant to pests and diseases. Root rot is a possibility if the plant is overwatered. Though this plant requires little maintenance, it is always prudent to keep an eye out for insects or disease-related spots. Prune away unhealthy leaves or stems to help avoid problems.
Due to the fact that these exceptionally slow-growing plants love to be root bound, you will only need to repot them every three to four years.
What is Crassula Barklyi?
Crassula Barklyi is a spring and fall flowering plant native to South Africa. It is noted for its architectural columns of overlapping, angular leaves. They are found on quartzite gravel slopes, rocky outcrops, and fissures in hillside. They are experts at absorbing all the moisture in their environment and may do it via their speckled, bumpy leaves. This exceedingly slow growing plant seldom exceeds 4 inches in height.
Crassula Barklyi is a little dwarf succulent shrub that has an odd look. The stems are upright or somewhat prostrate, and the plant as a whole grows to a maximum height of 9 cm. The leaves are thick on the stalks, overlapping one another and resembling scales, while the stems finish in columns.
Leaves are 3-4 millimeters in length, meaty, and a pale green color with darker green dots. Blossoming occurs in the winter, from June to August in its natural environment, and from December to February in the northern hemisphere. The inflorescences are thyrsi of small, creamy-white, perfumed flowers at the apex of the stalks.
How do you propagate Crassula Barklyi?
Propagation methods for the Crassula Barklyi succulent include stem or leaf cuttings, leaves, basal offsets, or seeds.
Propagation by leaf cutting
If you are propagating the succulent using leaves, ensure that you obtain a healthy, full leaf from the mother plant. Allow the leaf to callous before to transplanting. It should be replanted in well-draining soil and watered only when the earth is totally dry.
Propagation by stem cuttings
Cut a 2- to 3-inch-long stem cutting and plant it in a 2- to 3-inch-high container filled with an equal mixture of sand and peat moss. Maintain a room temperature and bright light environment for the plant.
Propagation by offsets
When the mother plant develops an offset, use a sharp knife to separate it from the main plant and clear away any extra dirt. Replant it in well-draining soil after the offset calluses. Water it as soon as the soil becomes dry.
Propagation by seeds
Due of the exceedingly sluggish growth rate of the Crassula Barklyi, seed propagation is not a common approach. To propagate by seed, plant the seeds in fall in well-draining soil, combining the seeds with some fine sand and evenly distributing the sand throughout the soil surface.
Water once every several days and maintain a wet soil condition till the plantlets emerge. Then, between watering, let the soil to dry out.
How often do you water Crassula Barklyi?
This succulent is highly tolerant of drought, but similarly, it must be allowed to dry out between watering. Water it less during the winter since the plant remains dormant. During the warmer months, water as often as once weekly.
Crassula Barklyi needs more liquid when in active growth; however, if you notice that the soil is consistently very moist (for example when you plant your Crassula Barklyi) it may be time to repot.
Move your Crassula Barklyi to a pot one size larger and be sure to use an appropriate cacti and succulent potting soil. Crassula Barklyi does not like stressed, so if your plant is showing signs of stress (such as droopy leaves) or seems to be taking a long time to recover from repotting, it may be best to leave it alone and let it recover.
When should you repot Crassula Barklyi?
If you feel that your plant is root bound, then it is probably time for a Crassula Barklyi repot. However, if you notice that you’re Crassula Barklyi has a poor growth rate – such that it is not producing new stems or blossoms – it may be better to leave it alone and allow the soil to continue drying out?
Restricted root growth in Crassula Barklyi means this succulent is receiving too much liquid when in active growth; therefore, it may be best to repot only when your plant is showing signs of stunted stem growth.
Crassula Barklyi repotting should not be rushed as you will remove the plant from a healthy, growing condition. The most ideal time to repot your Crassula Barklyi is in spring or fall when the soil has had at least 48 hours to dry out.
Using a sharp sterile blade or some similar tool, cut away all of the old soil and roots and then replant your Crassula Barklyi in fresh potting soil.
Is Crassula Barklyi Monocarpic?
While not all Crassula Barklyi are monocarpic, some of the larger-growing plants (the ones that can reach 2 ft. tall or more) may be monocarpic. Monocarpic plants flower once and then die – sometimes in a very dramatic fashion. Therefore, if you have a Crassula Barklyi that is producing flowers; it may be nice to watch for signs of impending death before deciding to repot it.
Should you keep Crassula Barklyi indoors or outdoors?
Crassula Barklyi is a standard houseplant in the northern hemisphere. It will thrive indoors, as long as it is periodically given enough light and good watering practices; however, if you live in a region where temperatures are consistently below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in winter, it may be best to keep your Crassula Barklyi as an indoor-only plant.
Crassula Barklyi prefers bright, indirect light; therefore, if you live in a basement or other area with little natural light, place your plant near a window.
Crassula Barklyi is an excellent houseplant for families with kids. Children love to help care for the plant, and it makes a wonderful gift to new parents. Furthermore, Crassula Barklyi is quite common in local gardens where kids are likely to be encouraged to make new friends with other children and learn how plants grow.
Is Crassula Barklyi Poisonous?
Although there are no known cases of poisoning, Crassula Barklyi and other members of the Crassula genus may contain a toxic alkaloid called succinate. Symptoms of poisoning include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and stomach cramping.
If your Crassula Barklyi displays these symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately. Crassula Barklyi is very rarely ingested, so most symptoms of poisoning will be worsened by treatment.
Crassula Barklyi care is simple to moderate. The main requirements for optimum growth are good drainage, low humidity and adequate sunlight.
Why is my Crassula Barklyi plant dying?
Most Crassula Barklyi dies as a result of root rot (also known as “damping off”), which occurs when the roots become infected with fungi. This is most likely to occur when your Crassula Barklyi is;
Overwatering: This leads to an excess of water in the soil and can encourage the growth of fungi that feed off the excess water. Water only when the top two inches of soil are completely dry.
Underwatering: This causes a lack of oxygen at the root level, which also encourages fungal root growth. Check your plants daily and water them as needed to keep them evenly moist but not wet.
Lack of light: Crassula Barklyi requires bright, indirect sunlight. If you keep your Crassula Barklyi in a dark location, it will quickly yellow and die.
Pests and Diseases: Crassula Barklyi is especially prone to attack by mealybugs, spider mites and aphids. If you have any of these pests on your plant, treat them as soon as possible to prevent further infestation.
Poor drainage: Plants with poor drainage are likely to suffer from root rot. Crassula Barklyi take up a large amount of water through their thick roots, so if you leave the soil too wet, they will rot very quickly and die. This can be remedied by repotting your plant into a pot (which is larger) that has better drainage, but also ensures that the soil is at room temperature.