How do you care for Crassula Sarmentosa?
Succulents of the genus Crassula Sarmentosa ‘Comet’ require bright light. When growing this succulent variety in a garden, ensure that it receives adequate sunshine.
It grows well in full to partial light. Outdoor cultivation is preferable than indoor cultivation. Consider the following variables while caring for Crassula Sarmentosa:
Provide this type of succulent house or garden with enough light to ensure its good growth. The ‘Comet’ variety can survive in both full sun and partial sun.
The ‘Comet’ variety grows well outdoors in the summer; however, it can also be grown indoors under fluorescent lights or other artificial lighting. On a scale of 1-10, Crassula Sarmentosa ‘Comet’ needs about 7 hours of bright light every day for good growth. This will ensure healthy and uniform leaf growth.
This variety of Crassula Sarmentosa requires a soil mix that drains well. Watering this plant often may cause its leaves to turn yellow or brown. Ensure that the drainage in the soil is good enough so that the plant does not remain waterlogged for long.
Crassula Sarmentosa ‘Comet’ can grow either in pure garden loam or a mixture of garden loam and sand. Its overall health will be good if it lives in an environment rich in nutrients and proper drainage.
Ensure that the Crassula Sarmentosa ‘Comet’ variety receives enough water. This will ensure healthy growth. The drainage of the soil is good enough if you see a lot of condensation on the surface after all the water has been absorbed.
This condition indicates that the plant is still not thirsty and needs more water, thus, you should not be worried about overwatering. Oftentimes, over watering leads to yellowing leaves on this variety of Crassula Sarmentosa.
When growing this plant indoors, consider the following temperatures; day temp. – 75 to 85ºF and night temp. – 65 to 70ºF. The plant needs an even temperature in both day and night. It is not a good idea to place it near a heater or air conditioning unit as this may cause its leaves to shrivel or become limp and droopy.
Temperature in the summer should be similar that of the winter. In fact, it is best to grow Crassula Sarmentosa ‘Comet’ all year round.
Do not let the humidity level of the surrounding area be too high when growing this variety of Crassula Sarmentosa. This may lead to fungal problems or rot. If you want to maintain humidity, you can use a spray bottle to do so. The ‘Comet’ variety thrives in an environment with dry air because this kind of air will help it retain moisture for longer periods of time.
Repotting is required every two years for this particular variety of Crassula Sarmentosa; however, this may vary depending on the growing environment. Repotting should be done in the spring season so that new growth can emerge easily.
This variety of Crassula Sarmentosa can be propagated by leaf cuttings. Ensure that the cutting is taken from healthy leaf and that it has a sturdy stem.
Take care not to damage the roots while taking cuttings or repotting this species of Crassula Sarmentosa, since this will affect its growth. Choose a spot in the garden that receives abundant sunlight and water. The soil should be free draining and rich in nutrients.
The ‘Comet’ variety of Crassula Sarmentosa can be trimmed to maintain its desired shape and size. Trimming should not be done too often or too deeply as this will affect the plant’s health.
Pests and Diseases
Pests and diseases should not be ignored, especially those that attack the foliage of Crassula Sarmentosa. Ensure that there is sufficient space for all types of pests and diseases to grow, but do not overcrowd it or suddenly introduce a lot of new plants in one spot.
There are a lot of pests that can also affect this plant. Try to keep away from these pests by ensuring that the surrounding areas are pest-free. Diseases may cause leaves to turn yellow or wither completely.
What is Crassula Sarmentosa?
Crassula Sarmentosa ‘Comet’ or Variegated Trailing Jade is a scrambling succulent that grows to a height of 1′ and branches sparsely from the base with 3′ long crimson stems that arch outward and upward or trail down.
When planted in full daylight, the stems bear up to 1 inch long oval mid-green colored leaves with finely serrated cream colored edges.
When grown in partial shade, the leaves have a brighter green hue with red accents along the white margins. In late October, terminal rounded compact panicles of pink buds open to reveal pure white blooms.
Crassula Sarmentosa variegated plants require full light to reach their full colors. Avoid direct blasting sun in midsummer (sun exposure imparts a lovely brownish hue to the leaf); they do not thrive in complete shade, where they etiolate, fall over, and decay fast.
Crassula Sarmentosa are herbaceous succulent plants. Certain species are appropriate for rock gardens in warm climates, provided the soil is sufficiently drained. The thick leaves are frequently coated in hair or ‘meal,’ and the flowers are typically tiny and produced in panicles at the terminals.
Crassula Sarmentosa are quite easy to cultivate from leaf cuttings. ‘Variegata’ Crassula Sarmentosa: The foliage is a lovely shade of green with golden yellow borders. Habit of trailing. Excellent for hanging baskets or cascading over the sides of containers.
How do you propagate Crassula Sarmentosa?
Crassula Sarmentosa propagate easily from a single leaf. Sprout leaves by putting them in a succulent-specific potting mix and covering the container until they sprout.
Repotting as necessary, ideally during the warm season. To repot your Crassula Sarmentosa, first ensure that the soil is completely dry, then carefully remove the pot. The following are steps to follow when propagating by leaf cutting;
- Cut a healthy leaf with a sharp, clean pair of pruning shears or scissors and place it in a succulent-specific potting mix.
- Ensure that you don’t damage the rim of the leaves when cutting them.
- Place it in a well-lit spot that receives direct sunlight for at least 4 hours each day to stimulate growth and robustness.
- Keep the soil moist but not soggy while they are rooting and growing, this will help them grow faster and better.
- Once the leaves start rooting, you can remove it from its container and place it in a pot.
- Maintain temperatures between 50 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter months.
- Care should be taken not to over water (as this species is prone to root rot), and also that they are not exposed to temps below 40 degrees Fahrenheit or else they will go into dormancy mode.
- It is recommended that you repot after at least 6 months to a 1-gallon pot. Watering your Crassula Sarmentosa Watering your Crassula Sarmentosa may be one of the most important factors in its growth. It needs well-drained soil and a careful control of water, as too much water may lead to root rot. The soil should never be allowed to dry out completely, and the plant should not stay in standing water for long periods of time.
How do you repot Crassula Sarmentosa?
Repotting is required every two years for this particular variety of Crassula Sarmentosa. You should repot your Crassula Sarmentosa in the spring season. There are steps to follow when repotting;
- Remove the plants from the garden and carefully remove the soil from around their roots, water them, and repot them into a larger pot. Gently loosen the roots to reduce their diameter and make it easier for them to drain excess soil from their pot; do not over-water or use a root-promoting substance as this could damage or kill the plant.
- You can use a soil-less potting mix to repot the plants, or you can use the same type of soil used for the plants in your original container.
- Fill in any gaps with soil once you have repotted the plant.
- You should never allow them to dry out completely, as this may cause root rot or rot infection of other parts of the plant causing it to suddenly die.
- Use a clean potting mix and replace it in a container when it is already getting dried, this will allow you to water your Crassula Sarmentosa at the ideal time, thereby preventing the development of root rot and promoting healthy growth.
- Ensure that you don’t over-water the plant, this may also cause root rot.
- In the case of watering your Crassula Sarmentosa, ensure that the soil is kept moist but not soaked for a long period of time.
What kind of light does Crassula Sarmentosa need?
Crassula Sarmentosa require ample sunlight to grow well and flourish. However, direct sun exposure should be avoided especially in the midday when it becomes hot and can damage leaves. Medium light or bright indirect sunlight is ideal for your Crassula Sarmentosa.
The amount of light it receives each day will alter the amount of flowers it produces, while too much light will produce tall, weak and spindly growths.
If you want more blooms and more attractive foliage, expose your plant to more light. Crassula Sarmentosa are not fond of direct sunlight, and should be placed in a place that is well-lit but not too much. If you want healthier looking plants, ensure that you provide ample light.
How do you water Crassula Sarmentosa?
You should regularly water your Crassula Sarmentosa, even if it is in a hanging basket. It is important to avoid overwatering your Crassula Sarmentosa. The soil should never be allowed to get completely dry.
For these particular succulents, the soil should be allowed to dry out approximately 50% of the time and then watered again. It is important to use rainwater and distilled water when watering your Crassula Sarmentosa.
Watering your Crassula Sarmentosa once a week is sufficient; you have to water the plants as soon as the top two inches of soil becomes dry, or when the leaves appear to be wilting.
Crassula Sarmentosa may be susceptible to spider mites, which can spread through its foliage and cause enough damage to kill the plant. This is more common in closed spaces with high moisture, like bathrooms and indoor hanging baskets.
Crassula Sarmentosa goes into a period of dormancy during winter. Wait up to two months before watering it.
What soil mix to use for Crassula Sarmentosa?
Crassula Sarmentosa grow well in well-drained soil and prefer porous soil, so that excess water can drain away easily. A mixture of peat moss, sand, mulch and potting mix is ideal for the growth of your Crassula Sarmentosa. You can use a soil-less mix or a mixture of earth and perlite, loam and bark, or cactus potting soil.
The amount of water that you add to the soil should be between a half an inch to two inches; this will allow excess water to drain away from the roots of your Crassula Sarmentosa. You need to keep the potting mix moist but not wet while they are in dormancy.