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Coral Crassula

Coral Crassula



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Generalitа


small succulent of South African origin; develops large fleshy roots, from which branch some thin stems, generally creeping or erect, some centimeters long, which bear numerous small roundish leaves, dark green, covered by a layer of bloom which makes them gray-blue; the leaves in the lower part of the stems are often brown or brown. Towards the end of winter it produces small white star-shaped flowers, gathered in small inflorescences. Plant of quite difficult cultivation outside its habitat, it is not widespread in cultivation if not among succulent lovers; remember that the root system is quite conspicuous, it is therefore good to bury the plant in a fairly large container, often much more capacious than one might imagine, given the poor development of the aerial part.


Exposure


usually it arises in full sun, or in any case in a place where it can enjoy a few hours a day of direct sunlight; during the summer we lightly repair the plant, so that it is not affected too much by sunlight, which could burn the foliage. Fears the cold, so when autumn arrives the plants must be moved to the apartment, or rather in a tempered greenhouse; a period of time in a cool place generally favors a balanced development of the plant, while cultivation in a place that is always heated can, with time, favor the development of diseases and often inhibit the development of flowers.

Watering


it easily supports drought; from March to September we water only when the soil is well dry, checking with your fingers if there is still moisture in the substrate. We avoid excesses, so rather than watering too once, let's water less. During the vegetative period we add to the water of the waterings a specific fertilizer for succulents, poor in nitrogen, every 15-20 days.

Ground


most of the crassula need a well dry, incoherent, with perfect drainage; generally a substratum composed mostly of pumice stone, pozzolana or lapillus is used, so that the waterings do not stagnate in the ground, but only moisten it, slipping away.

Crassula corallina: Multiplication and Pests and diseases


Multiplication: usually takes place by seed, in spring, although fertile seeds are not very easy to procure.
Pests and diseases: they fear the development of mites, cochineal and rot. Often the cochineal also develops in the ground, repotting the plant at least every two years, we will have the possibility to control the possible development of the cochineal also inside the pot.