This neat little guy is sometimes called a watch chain plant. Look at those little linkages along each stem; so cool. I ordered it at the same time as my Kalanchoe tomentosa ‘Dorothy Brown’ and my Euphorbia trigona ‘Rubra’, mostly because who orders two plants only. Must order three. Makes sense. But I really like how so very different it looks.
Clock’s ticking; let’s get to it
- Binomial name: Crassula muscosa
- Given name: Mobius
- Native to: moderately humid environments in South Africa and Namibia
- Delivered: Aug 10, 2021 from Grow Something
- Original pot: shipped bare-root
Field notes–September 1, 2021
- Soil: dry to touch, but pot is somewhat heavy; last watered 3 days ago
- Light: 11 a.m., slightly overcast day: ~300 FC
- Longest strand: 19 cm
- Number of strands: 6 rooted, branching into 19 tips that have more than 2.5 cm in length
- New growth: new tips and aerial roots
- Signs of pests: none
- Signs of care issues: drying along some stems (as received; probably too much light)
- Touch: firm, neat texture (like a zipper)
Field notes–August 10, 2021
- Repotting: 2.5 inch terracotta pot with cactus/succulent mix
- Indoors: a lot
- Outdoors: not full sun during midday, unless well-ventilated
- Full-spectrum LED grow lights work well
- Humidity: 50% or lower is ideal; allow to dry out more if higher
- Temperature: optimally 21 to 24 degrees Celsius; frost hardy to -6 but dislikes cold and moist
- Preference: soak and dry
- Frequency: when dry; more in growing season, less in winter (perhaps once per month)
Soil, fertilization, and pots
- Soil type: well-draining; cactus mix or 1 part potting soil : 1 part perlite
- Fertilization: weekly with diluted solution
- During the warm season. Remove all soil from the roots and any damaged roots. Repot into fresh, dry soil; wait a couple days to water.
- Grow style: fast (during growing period), spreading
- Maturity: 15 to 20 cm tall
- Common problems:
- Too much light (signs: drying and stiffening from base of stem to the tips)
- Fungal disease (treatment: treat with horticultural neem oil and horticultural soap; spray thoroughly every week for four weeks)
- Root rot (due to overwatering; treatment: take cuttings and start fresh)
- Prune in spring to shape; keep cuttings to root
- Occasionally pinch tips to promote branching
- Between spring and fall, take sterile stem cuttings.
- In soil:
- Rest a couple days to form a callus.
- Place in dry soil in bright indirect light, in warm area (20 to 21 degrees Celsius)
- Water sparingly until it grows.
- In water:
- Place cuttings in an inch of water.
- Roots form in two to six weeks.
- Plant in dry soil.