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Crassula tecta

Scientific Name:

Crassula tecta

Common name:

Lizard Skin Crassula, Lizard Skin






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South Africa

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The Crassula tecta is a succulent native to the southern parts of Africa. It is an evergreen perennial with a unique, attractive shape and size. Its stem grows up to 30 cm tall and its leaves are small, fleshy, and triangular in shape. The color of the leaves ranges from green to gray-green, depending on the amount of light it receives. The flowers of the Crassula tecta are small and white in color. They usually bloom during springtime and can last for several weeks if given enough sunlight and water. The flowers have five petals that open up like a star when they bloom. This succulent requires minimal care requirements but does need plenty of sunlight and occasional watering to keep it healthy. It is also important to avoid overwatering as this can cause root rot or other problems with the plant's health. It is best grown in well-draining soil that has been amended with organic matter such as compost or manure. The Crassula tecta has been used for centuries by African cultures for medicinal purposes such as treating headaches, colds, fever, and skin infections. It was also believed to have spiritual significance due to its unique shape which resembles a cross or shield. Today, this succulent is popular among gardeners due to its easy care requirements and attractive foliage. With proper care, it can make an excellent addition to any garden or indoor space!
The Crassula tecta succulent is best suited for bright indirect light. It should be placed in an area where it can receive several hours of direct sunlight per day, but not too much as this can cause sunburns. In the summer months, you may need to move the plant away from direct sunlight during the hottest parts of the day. During winter months, it will need more light than usual and should be placed in a brighter spot.
The Crassula tecta succulent is a drought-tolerant plant that prefers well-draining soil. The ideal soil should be light and sandy, with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.5. To ensure proper drainage, you can mix in some perlite or pumice to the soil. Watering should be done sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings.
The Crassula tecta succulent is a drought-tolerant plant that does best with infrequent watering. It should be watered deeply and allowed to dry out completely between waterings. During the summer months, it should be watered about once every two weeks, and during the winter months, it should only be watered about once a month. Make sure to check the soil before watering to ensure that it is completely dry before adding more water.
The ideal humidity conditions for the Crassula tecta succulent are low to moderate. This means that the air should be slightly humid, but not overly wet. It's best to keep the humidity levels between 40-50%. You can easily achieve this by misting your plant regularly or using a humidifier near it.