February 3, 2021

How to Care for the Crassula Baby Necklace

What’s the first thing that comes into your mind when you hear the word “babies”? They are adorable and cute little creatures. These are the things that you can associate with Crassula Baby Necklace succulent plants.

The Crassula Baby Necklace belongs in the Crassulaceae or Stonecrop family. It is also known for its other names such as Chinese jade, vine baby necklace, and worm plant. By now you must have figured out that, as the names say, the plant has an elongated shape. However, that’s not always the case. The succulent actually starts really small but it can grow up to a foot tall upon maturity. It has puffy green leaves with red tips that are stacked on top of each other like a bead or necklace. White flowers bloom from the plant during late spring to early summer too.

Here are the things you must remember if you want to make sure that your Crassula Baby Necklace grows in tiptop shape:

Temperature

The Crassula genus of succulents can be found in many parts of the world but the ones usually bought by collectors and people fond of gardening mostly come from South Africa. Winters in the region can be as low as 59 degrees Fahrenheit. Summers can be as warm as 68 degrees Fahrenheit but there are times when the climate can go scorching hot when the desert air from the eastern part is blown towards it.

Basing on its natural habitat, it is safe to assume that the Crassula Baby Necklace can thrive within the mentioned temperatures, which makes it a good outdoor plant. However, it would be safe to bring it indoors if you start to notice that the low or high temperature outside is damaging your succulent.

Propagation

The Crassula Baby Necklace can be propagated via its offsets, leaf cuttings, or division. The best time to do this is during the warm season.

The easiest way to propagate the succulent plant is thru its offsets and division, but if you are looking to maximize your output, simply do it using its leaf cuttings. For this process, carefully cut a leaf using a clean pair of scissors or a cutter. Place the leaf in a dish and pour a potting mix over it. When it starts rooting, transfer it into a pot with well-draining soil and drainage at the bottom. 

Watering

The Crassula Baby Necklace only requires little water, and overwatering can result in wilting. It is recommended to water the plant only once a week during summer and once every three weeks during winter.

Pest Extermination

This succulent is susceptible to pest infestation, particularly mealybugs. These pests can reproduce really fast, and not only will they drain your plant of its needed nutrients, but they also have the tendency to dig their way into the flesh of the plant. These may cause the plant to decay over time.

Mealybugs attached to a succulent plant

These pale white insects can be easily removed using running water or a brush with soft bristles. For serious infestation problems, use pesticides or better cut the infected portion. A more detailed discussion on how to remove mealybugs from your succulent plants can be found here.

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