Today, we are going to look take a look at the basic care when it comes to the Crassula congesta. Crassulas are a genus of succulent that is native to Africa and Madagascar. They typically feature a rosette-like formation with thick leaves that have been described as having an “encrusted” appearance on their surface.
How to Care for Your Congesta
Location and Lighting
The first thing you will need to do is figure out where your Crassula congesta plant should be placed. It prefers bright, indirect light and can tolerate some direct sun at certain times of the day; although it may not like too much exposure.
You want to make sure that there isn’t a draft in the room or the plant will dry out. You should also make sure it is in a room that doesn’t fluctuate in temperature too much and keep the soil on the moist side. They don’t like to be overly wet or dry.
A lot of people are under the assumption that crassulas don’t need to be watered. This is not true. They still require watering, just like every other plant. The only difference is they do not require as much water or frequency in which you give it a drink because their leaves are so thick.
A great thing about these plants is that they do not like to be wet, therefore you will usually only need to water them once a month or when the soil feels dry.
When it comes to temperature requirements, Crassulas like warmer climates. In colder climates, they do best in a container that is kept indoors during the cooler months of the year.
Crassula congesta plants can be repotted during the warmer months, but for most people, it’s easiest to wait until they need watering or if your plant is looking a little too cramped in its pot. For an adult clumping Crassula Congesta, they produce offsets that turn into new plants, you should wait until the parent plant has produced at least six offsets before repotting it.
Soil Mix Needs
The soil mix for this plant should be composed of peat moss and perlite. It’s important to note that the potting media used overall must drain well in order not to rot it, but there needs to be enough water retention ability as well so make sure you’re providing a good balance of both properties when choosing and mixing your own potting media.
It’s also essential to make sure any containers used are either waterproof or have some sort of drainage system to avoid any waterlogged plant roots.
Pests and Diseases
So when it comes to pests and diseases and how do you keep them away, it is a good idea to get an understanding of their life cycles so that you can anticipate when they might show up and take action before they get a chance to really start doing any damage.
For example, spider mites are typically most active during hot weather when plants are growing quickly. That’s why many gardeners see them more often in July or August than at other times of the year.
There are a few steps you can take to keep these pests away from your plants, including:
- Washing off leaves with water. This will kill any mites and their eggs present on the surface of the plant.
- Fogging or spraying leaves with a mixture of soapy water. This will kill any mites or eggs that are present on the leaves.
- Putting down insecticidal dust around your plants about once every six weeks; is usually done when spider mite populations are low and less frequent.
Having said all of that, one thing you can do to help reduce the risk of pests or diseases, in general, is by making sure that your plant’s environment stays as close to its natural habitat’s conditions in terms of temperature, humidity, and light as possible.
The Benefits of Owning a Crassula
They not only offer a beautiful addition to any room but they also provide benefits for your health, as well as your home’s air quality. One such plant is Crassula congesta.
These little plants have been shown to do wonders when it comes to purifying the air in homes with pets or smokers.
They even help remove toxins from carpets. If you’re looking for an easy way to improve the quality of your life at home then consider adding this plant into your living space today.
Where to Find It
Crassula congesta plants can be found in many garden stores, or if you’d prefer a more personal touch than that, they are also available online. This is a great plant to have around because it doesn’t require much care and will thrive without any special attention.