Crassula Perforata (String of Buttons or Necklace Vine) are lovely succulents native to South Africa that spread and stack on top of each other as they develop. They feature narrow, close-fitting leaves that coil around their stem. The leaves are a bright blue light green tint with rosy pink to reddish pink margins. When exposed to additional sunlight, the pink hue deepens.
At first, the plant grows straight up, but as it matures, it sprawls and looks to flow out of the pot. They can reach a length of almost one foot (30 cm). My String of Buttons never ceases to fascinate me. Who could say no to these amazing plants? They’re stunning and look excellent in pots, hanging baskets, and just much wherever else you put them.
Crassula Perforata ‘String of Buttons’ Care
Do They Grow Indoors or Outdoors?
Both indoor and outdoor growth is possible for Crassula Perforata ‘String of Buttons’. It is crucial to provide them with the right potting mix (one that drains well), along with proper lighting, no matter whether they are indoors or outdoors. The plants I keep outdoors are all exposed to varying degrees of sunlight. In places where the winter is mild, they appear to be happiest outdoors.
Crassula Perforata requires soil that drains properly. Proper irrigation and the correct type of soil go hand in hand. I’ve been utilizing a basic, tried-and-true formula that has shown to be effective for my plants. For increased drainage, I prefer to use a cactus potting mix with perlite. I don’t use specific quantities but aim for a 2:1 cactus mix to perlite solution. Others advocate for sandy soil. This may be accomplished by combining coarse sand with cactus mix or potting soil.
Temperature and Light Requirements
It should be cultivated indoors outside of the American Southwest. Throughout the year, temperatures in the 60s and 70s are advised. Allow Crassula perforata to get indirect sunlight throughout the day if feasible. Light shade, rather than full sun, enhances the appearance of plants. Using a window that doesn’t face south or that receives direct sunlight indoors is fine. If you’re growing the plant outside, make sure it gets at least four hours of direct, strong sunshine.
Watering and Feeding
Necklace plants can retain water, just like most succulents. Necklace plants do not need to be watered on a regular basis. Allowing the plant to dry out between waterings is a good idea.
During the growth season, you should, if required, apply liquid fertilizer once every two weeks. It is recommended that the fertilizer be diluted to a one-third strength before use.
Propagating the Necklace Plant
It is possible to propagate the plant using either side shoots, leaf cuttings, or stem cuttings. Take cuttings from one of the stems by taking a section that is about four inches in length and has many succulent leaves attached to it. The cuttings should be let dry for around two to three days.
It is recommended that the cuttings be planted in the same soil as the mother plant. It should have adequate drainage capabilities. It is advised that standard potting mix be supplemented with a tiny bit of sand. It is important to provide adequate lighting for the young plants.
After a period of one to two months, the cuttings should have taken root and been enough strengthened to be transplanted into separate pots. It is important to keep the young plants well hydrated without drowning them with water.
String of Buttons Pests or Diseases
The plants are susceptible to a variety of pests and diseases. These include the common spider mites, mealybugs, aphids, scale insects, thrips, whitefly, and others. Spider mites usually appear on the upper leaf surface. Mealybugs tend to be on the undersides of leaves. Aphids are small, soft-bodied insects that suck the plant’s sap. The underside of the leaves will turn yellow and drop off. Scale insects may leave a shiny white coating on the surfaces of leaves.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Jade Plants
Is there something wrong with my crassula?
Problems arise because of excessive or insufficient water and insects and mites. Usually, root rot occurs when soils are not able to drain quickly or are watered too frequently. Excessively dry plants can also suffer from leaf drop.
What is the average size of Crassulas?
Plants of this type grow in clumps that grow between 4 and 8 inches tall and spread out up to 2 feet wide. Crissula pellucida variegata exhibits pink, green, and yellow variegated leaves.
Does Crassula grow indoors?
Incredibly evergreen leaves characterize the crassula and other succulents found indoors. As a result of its trendy ornamental value, it appears in more and more places.
What causes my jade plant leaves to fall off?
You will see your Jade Plant starting to lose leaves rapidly if it receives too little water. You need more water on your Jade Plant if its lower leaves start to shrivel up and then fall off. When the top inch of the soil of your Jade Plant dries out, water it.
How long will my Jade Plant live?
The jade plant can live from 50 to 70 years under the right conditions, and sometimes even longer. As a result, they’re often passed down from generation to generation.
Why is my jade plant bent over?
Underwatering, overwatering, high temperatures, not getting enough sunlight, being too top-heavy, too much fertilizer, overreporting, and not using well-draining soil would be the most common reasons for a jade plant falling over.