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Care of the plant Crassula radicans or Red carpet.

Care of the succulent plant Crassula radicans or Red carpet

The genus Crassula, family Crassulaceae, includes more than 600 species of succulent plants native to Southern Africa. Some species are: Crassula radicans, Crassula artaCrassula ovata, Crassula tetragona, Crassula perforata, Crassula muscosa, Crassula multicava, Crassula marnierana, Crassula falcataCrassula capitella, Crassula Buddha's Temple (cultivar), Crassula arborescens, Crassula lactea, Crassula CoralitaCrassula picturata, Crassula corymbulosa.

This species is native to Cape Province, South Africa.

They are succulent plants of relatively fast growth and creeping bushy bearing that reach 30 cm (11.8") in height. The fleshy lanceolate-oblong leaves are deep green in color and take on reddish tones if they receive intense sun. They produce flower stems with small white flowers.

They are used in rockeries, to cover slopes and low walls, in hanging pots and in normal pots for patios, terraces and balconies.

Crassula radicans prefers semi-shade exposure, avoiding direct sun in the middle of the day. They do not resist frost. In winter they appreciate a rest at 10 ºC (50 ºF).

The soil can be a commercial cacti substrate with 20% coarse sand. Transplant every 2 years in early spring.

They are drought-resistant plants that need moderate watering, waiting for the substrate to dry. In winter reduce watering a lot.

Fertilize once a month with mineral fertilizer for cacti in spring and in summer at half the usual dose.

Prune wilted flower stems after flowering.

They can be attacked by mealybugs and fungi if there is excess moisture.

They are easily propagated by leaf or stem cuttings in spring or summer.

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Crassula radicans
Crassula radicans