Crassula acinaciformis (Giant Crassula)
Crassula acinaciformis (Giant Crassula) is a succulent that forms a large, usually solitary rosette of green to yellowish-green leaves…
Crassula Ovata ‘Hobbit’ – Tips for Growing Hobbit Jade Plant
Crassula Ovata ‘Hobbit’ is a small shrubby tender succulent that is popular with followers of J.R.R. Tolkien. because of the shape of its leaves. Grow the Hobbit Jade plant if you enjoy succulents with an unusual look.
Crassula are a genus of succulents that are often seen at garden centers. They come in many forms and varieties. Today we’ll be exploring Crassula ovata ‘hobbit’.
Hobbit succulent Jade plant is a trumpet-shaped, shrubby succulent that can take on a tree like form when mature. It is similar to the variety Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ in looks and growing habit
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The Jade Plant
The jade plant is widely associated with luck, riches and prosperity in the Asian communities. In China, you’ll find it mainly at the entrance of shops, restaurants and offices to attract customers and good fortune. The jade plant, also known as the dollar plant, is believed to attract riches due to its small, round-like leaves that resemble jade coins symbolic of wealth and success.
So serious is the belief, that the jade plant is usually placed on top of stocks and investment certificates during the Chinese new year celebration for higher stock value in the incoming year. (Talk about a bullish method).
Crassula Ovata— the Jade Plant @farmer_chui
In most countries where these beliefs are upheld, this “good luck” plant is usually given as a gift in weddings, house warming and during a launch of a new business.
The Feng shui philosophy has it that the jade plant will attract money towards your house, office or business due to its “positive energy” emission.
Though multitudes may dismiss that as a myth, misconception or a Chinese fad, be that as it may, the jade plant is a popular household plant, not only in China, but globally. You’ll find it in Asian countries and even here in the United States.
So will a jade plant placed at the entrance of your house increase your bank balance, clear your credit cards, help you pay your mortgage quicker or grow those savings? Well, that’s quite iffy. One thing for sure, it’ll make a remarkable house plant in your living room.
Popular Hybrids of Crassula perforata
‘Buddhas Temple’ – Flat and thin green leave that are tightly stacked and appear folded up at the edges. The stems grow into a square column. It produces beautiful spherical orange, red or white flowers.
‘Giant String of Buttons’ – Has larger leaves that are a pale green with a deep pink around the edges.
‘Ivory Pagoda’ – Large leaves that are a soft blueish-green ivory color with distinct red edging.
‘Variegata’ – ‘Variegated String of Buttons’, ‘Variegata’ and ‘Variegated Necklace Vine’ are the common names for a great looking cultivar of Crassula perforata. It is similar to the String of Buttons variety but it has a variegated pale green leaf with a more subtle color on the edges. Many of the Crassula perforata ‘Variegata’ have lovely green and yellow or whitish stripes. The ‘Variegated String of Buttons’ is a good greenhouse plant.
To End Confusion
Many call the Crassula perfoliata and the Crassula perforata by the wrong names. Only the names are similar because the plants look much different. The Crassula perfoliata is much larger with brilliant flowers.
The String of Buttons may also be referred to as the ‘Baby Necklace Succulent’ or ‘Crassula Baby Necklace’ but they are the same plant.
The String of Buttons will attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Be prepared to trim off the dead flowers quickly after they die. They do not bloom for long and the dead flowers and stems are unattractive.
The Crassula perforata looks very similar to the Crassula socialis, Ring Plant. We prefer the Crassula perforata as a houseplant since it has smaller tighter leaves that are more colorful and dramatic.
From the University of Connecticut, Biodiversity Education & Research Greenhouses – Describes Crassula perforata as, “Small shrub with branches to 60cm greyish green leaves, not caducous, to 2 cm long, constricted towards base and fusted to the opposite one whitish flowers.”
From Wiley Online Library – Leaf Epidermal Hydathodes and the Ecophysiological Consequences of Foliar Water Uptake in Species of Crassula from the Namib Desert in Southern Africa – This interesting article describes the research and results of studying the leaves of Crassula and their ability to absorb water on the leaves. The study found, “In summary, the results of this study unequivocally indicate that many plants in the genus Crassula are capable of absorbing water deposited on their leaf surfaces, and, furthermore, that this absorbed water may subsequently stimulate CO2 fixation rates, even in tissues distant from those wetted. The ecological implications of these findings are obvious given the environmental conditions commonly found in the Namib Desert where all these species were originally collected. It appears likely that the combination of extreme aridity and frequent nighttime fogs, accompanied by heavy dewfalls, constituted a powerful selective force in the evolution of these plants. Absorption and utilization of water condensed on the shoot surfaces of these species should enhance the survival of Crassula species during extended periods lacking rain but with frequent dewfalls or fogs. Field confirmation of these laboratory findings and extrapolations is necessary before the ecophysiological significance of this phenomenon is fully understood.”