Characteristics of the succulent plant Crassula multicava
Crassula multicava is a succulent herbaceous plant native to the mountainous regions of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). It is frequently used as a hedge plant because its stems branch off a lot of forming quite compact foliage agglomerations. It is also appreciated for its resistance to periods of drought and extreme temperatures and the beauty of its flowering. It is currently marketed as an ornamental plant in numerous nurseries worldwide.
This species is characterized by forming stems erect low (generally nor exceed 25 cm) very branched and thin of green-red. The growth is slow compared to other species of the family although that is created by its herbaceous appearance is the opposite. In the stems, almost completely round leaves of +/- 3 cm long, slightly succulent, with a dark green coloration (reddish under intense light, small dots are observed)over the entire surface), the entire margin, petiole very short and opposite arranged.
The flowers are small but have numerous in inflorescence apical forming flower stalks very branched of +/- 15 cm long. Floral stems are not kept totally erect due to the weight of the flowers. The flowers are characterized by four lanceolate petals of +/- 0.8 cm long and with a pale pink coloring.
Tips for succulent plant cultivation Crassula multicava
Crassula multicava is an extremely resistant plant being ideal for beginners. Next, the basic cultivation requirements of this species:
Lighting: Direct sun exposure
Recommended during the first hours of the morning and the end of the afternoon; during noon provide some shade. The cultivation in shady areas will negatively affect the growth of the stems, the leaves will become greener and the blooms will be zero or poor.
Tolerates a wide range of temperatures; It can survive small frosts and temperatures above 35 °C. The optimal range recommended is between 20-28 °C.
It prefers an aerated substrate, with optimal drainage and rich in organic matter.
Water after drying the surface of the substrate for an optimal result. Tolerates more frequent watering than other species but also rots from excess moisture in the substrate.
Pests and diseases:
It is affected by mealybugs, mites, and mollusks frequently. It is also attacked by pathogenic fungi present in infested substrates.
Extremely simple through cuttings of stems and leaves. Root easily. Also, by seeds.