Crassula rubricaulis 'Candy Cane'

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Scientific Name
Crassula rubricaulis (thick, red cabbagey-leaved plant) 'Candy Cane'

Common Name
Candy Cane Crassula, Red-Stemmed Crassula, Jade Necklace, Jade Necklace Vine, Chinese Pagoda

Native to South Africa

This little succulent can form a shrub up to a metre wide in the wild! In your home it probably won't get quite so big but with some care it can thrive indoors too. Its pale green fleshy leaves are lined with red, hence the variety name 'Candy Cane', and it will bring a splash of colour and vibrancy to your home! As a succulent, this crassula will thrive with not too much water and plenty of light. Pick a nice bright spot for it and your plant will reward your care by displaying its uniform, colourful foliage.

Bright light is important for Crassula, so pick a spot where it can get a few hours of morning or evening sun. Its colours will start to fade if there is not enough light, so keep an eye on its stripes!

Let all of the soil dry out between waters; remember, in its natural habitat this plant is used to droughts between infrequent downpours. Cold water can shock the plant, so make sure your water is room-temperature at least before watering.

Crassulae are used to low humidity, so don't keep it anywhere damp. An occasional hose down will keep the leaves free of dust, but make sure it dries out completely afterwards.

Use a well-draining soil mix with components such as sand and grit; a mix designed for cacti and succulents will work well here. Repot every 2-3 years in the spring.

Feed every two months in the growing season, reduce to every three in autumn and winter.

Ideal temperature is 15-26°C; make sure it does not get colder than 12°C in winter.

No, this plant is toxic to pets and small humans.

Sprouts Top Tips
Keep an eye on the colour of the leaves to check on some of the most common issues with Crassula. If the leaves start to go red (aside from their natural variegation), this is a sign of sunburn and they should be gradually moved to a location with less direct sun. If the leaves are going yellow, however, the plant is probably too damp, and will benefit from brighter light and less frequent watering.


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