Crassula pubescens var. rattreyi leaf propagation

AridApril 29, 2012

I am so thrilled at the ease of propagating this little crassula. Older leaves turn bright red, develop an aerial root, then fall to the ground. Leaves are dense, so some remain on the mother plant well after new growth has begun. First photo is full grown plant in bloom; second are month old leaves that have begun to root.

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Arid

Guess my photos didn't show up. I'll try something else.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 3:39PM
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kathi_mdgd

I like that one,nice red color.TFS
kathi

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 4:38PM
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Arid

Thanks Kathi. The mature plant will be almost completely red in the warmer months.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 7:32PM
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ctreeteac(Zone 8b; rain-spewing Oregon)

Those babies are pretty darn cute!

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 7:43PM
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cactusmcharris

What she said - that last pic is blasted cute.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 8:59PM
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Arid

Fuzz = cuteness!

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 9:36PM
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Beachplants(Z11)

Really nice - love the aerial on the plants - remote control.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 12:25AM
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pennyhal(11Sunset23)

That's a great looking pot of flowers. Those little red babies are sooo cute! I'd want to fill a pot with leaves so that I'd have a huge sprouting of babies to fill the post with. How old are the babies?

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 6:27PM
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Arid

I can't say exactly how old they are Pennyhal, because when I picked them off the soil next to the mother plant, they already had a small root and new growth. I believe they were plain ol' leaves about 3 months ago.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 5:00PM
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pennyhal(11Sunset23)

Now that is very cool! Mom just planting her babies all over the place. I get sooooo impatient waiting for the little plants to grow up. I ususally kill them in the process.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 2:01PM
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Arid

...then it looks like this crassula would be a good choice for you. Just set them on the soil and sit back. Instant plants! :-D

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 2:25PM
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hanzrobo(11)

Beautiful!~ I just picked up a plant just like yours about a month ago, already have some leaves starting too. Is it just me or does this plant eject leaves to make way for blooms? The loose leaves I found seemed to be expelled in this manner.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 9:58PM
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Arid

That's a good theory hanzrobo. Some of the leaves shown in the second photo were plucked from the plant although most were on the ground. I didn't notice any pattern for location of the "ripe" leaves except they tended to be longer and darker were generally growing lower on the plant.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 10:50PM
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