Fat plants

Jade grass, Elephant ears - Crassula

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GeneralitŠ°

this genus includes about three hundred species of succulent plants, originating in southern Africa; there are species that can reach large sizes, such as very small ones. The shapes can be the most diverse; for example C. ovata is a small tree, with rounded crown, in container it can grow up to 70-80 cm, with fleshy stem and small oval leaves. In late autumn many species produce small clusters of white or yellowish flowers; there are also cultivars and hybrids, with extravagant shapes or particular colors.


Exposure

it adapts to live in a greenhouse and in an apartment, but in the hottest areas it can also be grown outside, in a very bright and sunny place. In the latter case, the soil must be loose and well drained, 2/3 of which is made up of soil and 1/3 of sand or gravel. If grown in pots, it is good to remember that the size of this must be commensurate with the size of the plant. Every two years it is necessary to proceed with repotting. The crassules with branched development sometimes require pruning, to keep the foliage more compact and to prevent the heavy leaves from causing the branches to arch. Every 30-35 days it is advisable to provide the plants with a specific fertilizer for succulent plants, mixed with the irrigating water, which must be quite abundant from March to October, less frequent during the cold months, always waiting for the soil to be perfectly dry between one watering and the other.

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