Adromischus cristatus (Crinkle leaf plant) Profile

Written by Iris

Aug 17 2021

Adromischus cristatus (Crinkle leaf plant) Profile
Adromischus cristatus, or colloquially known as Crinkle leaf plant, is a compact, slow-growing, succulent plant from South Africa. The branching green to gray-green stems are triangular with strangely wrinkled edges. When flowering, the Adromischus cristatus (Crinkle leaf plant) wrinkled leaves grow into slender stems that are white and light red in petals.

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 Adromischus cristatus

Adromischus cristatus (Crinkle leaf plant) Info

Botanical Name Adromischus cristatus
Common Names Crinkle leaf plant, key lime pie plant
Plant Type Succulent
Mature Size 6 in. tall, 3 in. wide
Sun Exposure Full, partial
Soil Type Sandy, well-drained
Soil pH Acidic
Bloom Time Spring

Ecological Habits of Adromischus cristatus (Crinkle leaf plant)

Adromischus cristatus is an evergreen, succulent perennials species in the Crassulaceae family. It originates from South Africa and is grown around the world as a houseplant, it's a great choice for beginner gardeners! Foliage is roughly triangular, coloured grey-green, with crinkled, wavy edges, hence this plant is commonly known by the name Crinkle Leaf Plant, the leaves are also covered in small hairs. Starry flowers are borne on long stems above the leaves, they are white and may have red flushing along the edges of the petals. This plant is frost-tender, keep above freezing temperatures, place in a position of full sun and well-draining soil for optimal growth. Water when the soil has thoroughly dried out for best results.

Adromischus cristatus (Crinkle leaf plant) Distribution Area

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:
Brea, California
Brentwood, California
Carlsbad, California
Castro Valley, California
Clayton, California
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How to Grow and Care for Adromischus cristatus (Crinkle leaf plant)

How to Grow Adromischus cristatus (Crinkle leaf plant)

  • With Seeds
Plant the seeds during warm weather.
Make sure the pot has well-draining soil for you to plant the seeds in.
Give the soil water whenever the soil is dry to the touch. It may take some time for germination to take place.
  • With Stem Cuttings
Growing from leaves or cutting simple and easy method. This method is very fast. Let’s discuss in step How to grow crinkle plants step by step.
Start looking for roots, when inspecting the bottom of the plant.
Cut these stems and plant life in a small container.
Make sure the take the plant leaf is clean pull.
Where no component of the plant is left over the stem.
Although it is a common for crinkle leaf plant to drop the leaves on the soil.
Do not confuse with overwatering sign.
Allow the leaf to callous over for one or two days before placing it well drain soil.
After 2 to 3 weeks crinkle plant are growing.
  • With Leaves Cuttings
Gently twist and pull on a leaf of Adromischus cristatus. It must be a clean pull so that no part of the leaf is left on the stem. A clean pull will assure you of a successful propagation of the plant.
Place the leaf in a shaded area and give it a few days to develop hard calluses.
Once the calluses have developed, place the leaf on well-draining soil.
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How to Care for Adromischus cristatus (Crinkle leaf plant)

  • Light
If grown outdoors, it is recommended to plant Adromischus cristatus in an area which receives full to partial sun for up to 6 hours per day. If grown indoors, place the plant near a window that gets plenty of sunlight.
  • Soil
Crinkle-Leaf Plant is best grown indoors if the temperature in your region can fall below 20° F (-6.7° C) as this is not a cold-hardy succulent. Plant Adromischus cristatus in a pot that has good drainage. It must allow the soil to drain properly to lower the risk of overwatering. If your pot has the plant sitting on a saucer of water, remove and empty the contents as soon as you can. 
  • Water
Learning how to water Adromischus Cristatus, also known as the ‘Crinkle-Leaf Plant’ is easy. The plant requires less water than many other types of succulents. It is recommended that you soak the plant thoroughly and wait until the soil is completely dried out. The Crinkle-Leaf Plant should be placed in a pot with a drainage hole on the bottom. Adromischus Cristatus needs most water during Spring/autumn season. The plant can handle cold weather but should be kept away from frost.
  • Temperature and Humidity
Crinkle-leaf plants, although frost hardy to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, are suited to warmer weather, and prefer temperatures about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. In colder areas, the plant can be grown inside.
  • Fertilizer
During spring and summer, use diluted liquid fertilizer. Don't feed this succulent any fertilizer during winter. Just let it thrive on its own during autumn as well, using all the fertilizer you’ve fed it in the previous two seasons.
  • Pruning
For the most part, there's no need for pruning and grooming for this specific succulent. It's practically bred like a Bonsai Tree with its smallness sans the constant pruning with your pruning shears. It can only grow 5 centimeters or 2 inches long and up to 2.5 centimeters or 1 inch wide.
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Uses of Adromischus cristatus (Crinkle leaf plant)

As a succulent that doesn't grow well in cold environments, Adromischus cristatus is often grown indoors and placed on or near window sills. It’s an attractive plant on its own but also looks lovely when added to a succulent garden mixture of succulents or cacti.

Varieties of Adromischus cristatus (Crinkle leaf plant)

There are several varieties of crinkle leaf plants, including:
Adromischus cristatus var. clavifolius: This is a dwarf variety that only grows around 3 inches tall and 0.5 inch wide.
Adromischus cristatus var. schonlandii: This is another small variety, and its stems are wrapped in red aerial roots.
Adromischus cristatus var. zeyheri: This variety features pale to bright green leaves that are hairless and spoon-shaped with wavy edges.
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Adromischus cristatus (Crinkle leaf plant) Common Pests/Diseases

Varieties of adromischus are not prone to disease or pests. The most pressing concern is overwatering. If the plant is overwatered, rot may appear. Severe rot may kill the plant but smaller patches of rot can be trimmed off with a sharp knife.
NOTE: The plant can be toxic to animals and humans. It should be kept away from pets and children.