Crassula sarcocaulis description
Ruby buds turn to pink flowers in the summer.
It resembles a miniature bonsai tree when not in flower.
It has brittle branches, so don’t put where it could be damaged by footballs, etc.
How easy is it to grow:
This has won the RHS Award of Garden Merit . To win this impressive accolade the plants must have outstanding excellence for decorating a garden, be robust, not require highly specialist growing conditions or care and not be particularly susceptible to any pest or disease.
This is is good for an alpine bed or rock garden or in a tub and is tricky in that it needs well drained soil and that hardiness will be an issue in colder climes and in exposed positions.
Common name: Bonsai Crassula.
The best position in the garden:
What type of soil:
Well drained soil.
How much moisture:
Normal, or dryish, stony.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Virtually hardy – will generally survive the coldest winters here in East Anglia, UK – provided the drainage is very good and that it is in a sheltered spot.
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Size of plant:
Height 30 cm.
Spread 30 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 10 plants per square metre.
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