Crassula mesembryanthemoides

Crassula mesembryanthemoides


Plant Type: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae
Sun Exposure: Bright, indirect light
Watering: Allow soil to dry between waterings
Colors: Green with reddish tips
Size: Up to 12 inches tall and wide
Hardiness Zones: 10+
Soil Type: Well-draining succulent mix
Soil pH: 6.0-6.5
Propagation: Leaf and stem cuttings
Toxicity: Non-toxic to humans and pets

Crassula mesembryanthemoides is a charming and unique succulent that will captivate you with its captivating, fuzzy leaves and sprawling growth habit. Native to South Africa, this plant is perfect for adding a touch of whimsy to your indoor garden. In this comprehensive guide, I’ll share everything you need to know about caring for, propagating, and maintaining your Crassula mesembryanthemoides so it thrives for years to come.

How to Care for Crassula mesembryanthemoides

Light Requirements

Crassula mesembryanthemoides succulent flourishes in bright, indirect light, making it ideal for indoor environments. A location near a south or west-facing window offers optimal light conditions. However, if that isn’t an option, placing it near an east-facing window that receives morning sunlight can also work well. Be cautious of exposing your plant to harsh direct sunlight, as it may lead to leaf scorching, yellowing, or curling.

When natural light is insufficient, you can use artificial light sources such as LED grow lights or fluorescent lamps. Keep the light source around 12 inches above your plant and maintain a 12-14 hour daily photoperiod. If your Crassula mesembryanthemoides exhibits leggy growth, pale leaves, or a lack of new growth, it could indicate insufficient light exposure.


Crassula mesembryanthemoides needs bright, indirect light near south, west, or east-facing windows. Artificial light sources can also be used to maintain a 12-14 hour daily photoperiod.

Watering Crassula mesembryanthemoides

Finding the perfect balance between moisture and dryness is crucial for Crassula mesembryanthemoides. To ensure your plant receives adequate hydration, water your plant thoroughly until water runs out of the drainage holes, and then wait for the soil to dry completely before the next watering session. To check the soil’s moisture, insert your finger an inch into the soil or use a moisture meter.

The frequency of watering will vary depending on factors such as pot size, ambient temperature, and humidity. Generally, watering once every 2-3 weeks in the growing season (spring and summer) and once every 4-6 weeks during dormancy (winter) should suffice. Over-watering can cause root rot, while under-watering leads to shriveled leaves and reduced growth.


Strike a balance between moisture and dryness, watering every 2-3 weeks during the growing season and 4-6 weeks during dormancy. Avoid over-watering or under-watering to prevent root rot or shriveling.

Soil Needs

Proper soil composition is essential for maintaining a healthy Crassula mesembryanthemoides. A well-draining succulent mix helps prevent waterlogged roots and promotes healthy growth. Commercially available succulent mixes are suitable, but you can also create your own blend by combining equal parts of potting soil, perlite, and coarse sand or pumice.

To improve aeration and drainage further, consider adding small amounts of horticultural charcoal or bark chips to your mix. This custom blend will provide the right balance of water retention, drainage, and airflow necessary for optimal root health and nutrient absorption.


Use a well-draining succulent mix of potting soil, perlite, and coarse sand or pumice. Adding horticultural charcoal or bark chips improves aeration and drainage, supporting optimal root health.

Temperature and Humidity

Crassula mesembryanthemoides thrives in temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C) during the day, with slightly cooler temperatures at night (around 55-60°F or 13-16°C). Rapid temperature fluctuations can cause stress, so avoid placing your plant near air vents, radiators, or drafty windows.

While this succulent tolerates low humidity levels, it benefits from occasional misting or a humidity tray. However, ensure that the leaves are not consistently wet, as it can lead to fungal issues or rot. In extremely dry environments, consider using a humidifier or grouping it with other plants to maintain adequate humidity levels for healthy growth.


Maintain temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C) during the day and cooler at night. Avoid rapid temperature fluctuations and maintain adequate humidity through misting or humidifiers.

How to Propagate Crassula mesembryanthemoides

Crassula mesembryanthemoides

Leaf Propagation

To propagate Crassula mesembryanthemoides using leaf cuttings, carefully twist or gently pull a healthy leaf from the stem, ensuring it detaches cleanly without damage. Place the leaf in a shaded area and allow it to callous over for a few days. Once the wound has dried, lay the leaf on top of a well-draining soil mix, making sure the cut end is not buried.

Maintain a consistently moist environment by misting the soil regularly, but avoid over-watering to prevent rot. Provide bright, indirect light and a temperature range of 65-75°F (18-24°C) to encourage growth. In 2-4 weeks, you should observe new roots and baby plants sprouting from the base of the leaf.


Leaf Cuttings: Detach a healthy leaf, allow it to callous, and place it on well-draining soil. Maintain consistent moisture, indirect light, and temperatures of 65-75°F (18-24°C). Expect new roots and plants in 2-4 weeks.

Stem Cuttings

For stem cuttings, choose a healthy stem with at least three sets of leaves. Using a clean, sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears, cut a 3-4 inch segment from the stem, ensuring a clean cut just below a leaf node.

Allow the cutting to dry and callous in a shaded area for a few days. Once the cut end has healed, plant the stem cutting in a well-draining succulent mix, burying the lower 1-2 inches of the cutting. Ensure that the remaining leaves are not touching the soil surface to prevent rot.

Keep the soil slightly moist by watering or misting when the top layer of soil feels dry. Provide bright, indirect light and maintain a temperature range of 65-75°F (18-24°C). In 3-6 weeks, new roots should form, and your propagated Crassula mesembryanthemoides will be on its way to becoming a thriving plan


Stem Cuttings: Cut a 3-4 inch stem segment, let it callous, and plant in succulent mix. Keep soil moist, provide indirect light, and maintain temperatures of 65-75°F (18-24°C). New roots should develop within 3-6 weeks.

Fertilizing Your Crassula mesembryanthemoides

Feeding your Crassula mesembryanthemoides with the appropriate nutrients promotes healthy growth and vibrant foliage. During the growing season, use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. To prevent over-fertilization, dilute the fertilizer to half the recommended strength on the label.

Apply the fertilizer once every 4-6 weeks by mixing it with water and watering your plant as usual. Ensure that the soil is already moist before fertilizing to prevent nutrient burn to the roots. Avoid fertilizing during the winter months, as the plant’s metabolism slows down during dormancy, and excess nutrients can accumulate in the soil.


Fertilizing: Apply a half-strength, balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. Moisten the soil before fertilizing to avoid nutrient burn. Do not fertilize in winter.

Common Pests and Diseases

Crassula mesembryanthemoides is relatively resistant to pests and diseases. However, it may occasionally suffer from common houseplant pests such as mealybugs, spider mites, or aphids. If you notice signs of infestation, treat your plant promptly with an insecticidal soap or neem oil. Be sure to follow the product instructions for application and frequency.

Over-watering can lead to root rot, a common issue for succulents like Crassula mesembryanthemoides. If you suspect root rot, remove the plant from its pot, trim away any affected roots, and let the plant dry out before repotting it in fresh, well-draining soil.


Pests and Diseases: Treat infestations of mealybugs, spider mites, or aphids with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Address root rot by trimming affected roots and repotting in fresh soil.

Where to Buy

You can buy Crassula mesembryanthemoides from Mountain Crest Gardens

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