Crassula Red Pagoda (Crassula capitella) is a very showy succulent plant but it varies so much from one specimen to another that it is difficult to recognize it! In this article, we will explain everything you need to know to properly care for and propagate your Crassula capitella.
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Characteristics of Crassula Red Pagoda
Crassula Red Pagoda is a perennial succulent plant native to South Africa, although today it is cultivated all over the world.
It is a highly variable species with many subspecies and sometimes a different appearance in specimens of the same species.
The leaves grow stacked and are larger at the base forming a kind of rosette. These leaves are deep green, but turn reddish in sunlight.
Crassula capitella can live in full sun and light shade exposures; in the latter case, the leaves will be bright green. Temperatures below 32°F (0 ºC) are not suitable.
Crassula Red Pagoda Flowers
Crassula capitella blooms in summer and is biennial, i.e., flowers appear every two years.
These flowers are generally small, with star-shaped petals and a mixture of white, reddish and pinkish colors.
Care of Crassula Red Pagoda
Like the rest of the family, Crassula Red Pagoda is easy to care for.
To begin with, it needs a well-drained substrate. A special substrate for succulents with gravel is perfect.
It is a plant that withstands warm temperatures and dry climates, even frost for short periods.
What you must keep in mind is that the winter is in a dry environment. This prevents it from rotting quickly when the cold weather arrives.
If you want your Crassula capitella to grow healthy, follow these cares:
Watering: Very light watering. The substrate should always be completely dry before watering again.
Humidity: The plant rots quickly with an excess of humidity, especially in cold weather.
Light: It needs enough hours of light, but you can have it in “semi-shade”.
How to Propagate Crassula capitella
Crassula capitella is easily propagated through a stem cutting or leaf.
To propagate Crassula Red Pagoda at home, it is advisable to obtain the stem cutting or leaf using scissors or sharp knife and cutting flush.
It is always advisable to wait a few days for the cutting to dry to form a callus at the cutting site. This prevents it from absorbing excess water and rotting. We recommend the use of rooting hormone for greater success in the propagation of Crassula capitella (Order it here).
Place the cutting or the leaf so that the callus remains on the substrate without burying it. You should help yourself with a pebble or support it on the side of the pot.
Once planted, water lightly and only water again when the substrate is completely dry.
Crassula Red Pagoda is a fast-growing plant so in a few weeks, you will start to see activity.