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Crassula Red Pagoda (Crassula Capitella) – Care and Propagation Guide

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 Care and Propagation Guide, the red pagoda succulent.

Characteristics of Crassula Red Pagoda

The scientific name of the Red Pagoda Crassula succulent is Crassula capitella. This succulent plant is also known as the Crassula Red Pagoda. 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, giving the red pagoda name to this succulent plant.

This Red Pagoda Crassula is a highly variable species with many subspecies and sometimes a different appearance in specimens of the same species. This Crassula is very similar to Crassula campfire, which is also known as Crassula erosula and Crassula capitella campfire type. But they should not be confused, because Crassula Red Pagoda is different from Crassula campfire.

Crassula Red Pagoda is a perennial succulent plant native to South Africa, although today it is cultivated all over the world.

Crassula Red Pagoda Flowers

Characteristics of Crassula Red Pagoda Flowers. Crassula capitella blooms in summer and is biennial, meaning this red pagoda Crassula will bloom every two years.

Red Pagoda Flowers are generally small, with star-shaped petals and a mixture of white, reddish and pinkish colors.

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Crassula capitella, also known as the Crassula Red Pagoda, blooms in summer and is biennial, meaning this red pagoda Crassula will bloom every two years.
In the photo: Crassula Red Pagoda flowers, small flowers, a mixture of white, reddish and pinkish colors.

Care of Crassula Red Pagoda

In the following paragraphs, we will review Crassula Red Pagoda Care. 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.

The Red Pagoda Crassula withstands warm temperatures and dry climates, even frost for short periods.

If you want your Crassula capitella to grow healthy, follow these tips for Crassula Red Pagoda Care:

  • 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 a “semi-shade”.
  • 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.
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What is happening to my Red Pagoda Crassula? Adding more water than necessary when watering the plant is one of the most common mistakes that leads to plant rot. Read carefully the guide for Crassula Red Pagoda Care

How to Propagate Crassula capitella

Now, let’s review about Crassula Red Pagoda Propagation. In general, succulent plants are easy to propagate and the Red Pagoda Crassula is not an exception. 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 previously disinfected scissors or a sharp knife and cut 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). Otherwise, if you prefer you could make, easily, your homemade rooting hormone as we mentioned in this article.

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  • NO BAD STUFF: Our root hormone for cuttings is an excellent powder to use even on the toughest and hard-to-root plants, like juniper, grapes, tomatoes, and more. It is made with no alcohol, dye, or preservatives, which is especially important when plants are for consumption.

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.

It is important when propagating succulent plants to use clean, nutritious soils and if possible sterile or of very good quality to avoid root diseases. Otherwise, propagation may fail.

Miracle-Gro Succulent Potting Mix: Fertilized Soil with Premium Nutrition for Indoor Cactus Plants, Aloe Vera and More, 4 qt.
  • Created for those who love growing succulents as much as we do, Miracle-Gro Succulent Potting Mix contains the nutrients succulents need to thrive
  • This succulent potting soil is fast-draining and features a blend of sphagnum peat moss, forest products and fertilizer
  • Great for helping to grow happy and beautiful succulent varieties like Burro’s Tail, Echeverias, Houseleek, as well as cacti

Once planted, water lightly, and only water again when the substrate is completely dry.

The Red Pagoda Crassula is a fast-growing succulent plant so in a few weeks, you will start to see activity.

Learn more about How to Propagate Succulents in Water.

If you don’t have a Crassula capitella Red Pagoda here you should buy a quality specimen.

Crassula Red Pagoda 4'' + Clay Pot | Unique Collection of Live Crassula Succulents Easy to Grow Indoor House Plant, Fully Rooted in 2/4/6 inch Sizes
  • Crassula Red Pagoda Shark Tooth, a small and compact succulent that's capable of growing 6 to 10 inches tall and 12 to 20 inches wide. It has some green, triangular, tightly-stacked leaves forming a pagoda shape and can blossom some white flowers during Summer. Each package contains one healthy 2 inches Crassula Red Pagoda Shark Tooth that will be carefully wrapped and shipped in a sturdy box to guarantee its safe arrival.
  • Light | Full sun to partial shade.
  • Soil | Porous and well-drained. Optimal pH is around 6.0 (slightly acidic).
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Crassula Red Pagoda Propagation: like many succulent plants, the Red Pagoda Crassula is easily propagated through a stem cutting or leaf.

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