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Crassula falcata-propeller plant profile

Written by Maggie

Feb 23 2021

Crassula falcata-propeller plant profile

Crassula falcata, also called propeller plant, is a succulent plant of Crassulaceae and Crassula. Crassula falcata is a perennial herb, native to eastern South Africa, grows in its native place as a semi-shrub.

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Crassula falcata

Morphological characteristics of Crassula falcata

Crassula falcata (propeller plant) height is 50 ~ 100 cm. Plant height can reach more than 1 meter. Leaves are simple alternate, sickle - shaped, fleshy, leaves faintly pinkish. Inflorescences are terminal in cymes cymose; The floret is orange red. Fruit follicles ellipsoid. The leaves of Crassula falcata (propeller plant) are thick and juicy, grayish green, without a petiole, and grow symmetrically close to the stem in a very neat arrangement. The leaves at the base are small and grow larger as they go up. The Crassula falcata shape is very strange, like a piece of sharp knife. Crassula falcata (propeller plant) usually blooms at the turn of summer or fall, orange or bright red, and consists of numerous clusters of small flowers. The flowers last for a long time, up to a month.

Ecological habits of Crassula falcata

Crassula falcata is (propeller plant) native to eastern South Africa. Crassula Falcata prefers warm, dry and semi-cloudy environments. Crassula falcata (propeller plant) has strong negative resistance. Dry early, afraid of water, avoid strong light. The suitable temperature for growth is 15-25 ℃, and the temperature in winter is not less than 10℃. Crassula falcata prefers fertile, loose and well drained sandy loam. The requirement is fertile loose, permeability good sandy loam.

In summer, Crassula falcata (propeller plant) basically shades the sun and cuts off water. Spring and autumn are the growing season, it can be full sunshine, growing moisture is dry and watered thoroughly, the Flower friend that cannot grasp can be dry for a long time. Crassula Falcata can tolerate minus 3 degrees in the winter, so keep the soil dry. Crassula Falcata (propeller plant) is also remarkably resistant to drought, having been mummified after being without water all summer. The temperature drops slightly to be able to indomitable flowering again. Crassula Falcata is resistant to moisture and drought, so once you know her habits, she's easy to keep. Crassula Falcata, who doesn't normally look pretty, is in stunning bloom for a long time.

The propagation methods of Crassula Falcata

Propagation can be used side - bud cuttings, cuttings. Crassula falcata is often propagated by cutting and sowing seeds. Cuttage, choose to enrich, tall and straight leaves, often cut a short stem, slightly dry after inserted in the sand bed, about 15-20 days can take root. The leaves can also be cut into 5-6 cm long blocks, after the incision is dry, flat on the wet sand surface, about 20-30 days from the healing place to root, grow new branches.Sowing, in the spring, sowing about 10-15 days germination, seedling growth faster.

Crassula falcata

How to grow and care for Crassula falcata

Potted Crassula falcata (propeller plant): the soil can be selected peat soil, sand and slag according to the ratio of 2∶1∶1 mixed, the surface of the basin soil adds a layer of ceramsite, in case the base leaves contact the soil caused by decay, once found rotten phenomenon, should take out the base leaves, and air dry the wound or in the wound coated with sulfur powder.

Planting Crassula falcata (propeller plant): potting soil can choose peat soil, sand and slag according to the ratio of 2∶1∶1 mixed, pot soil surface adds a layer of ceramsite, in order to prevent the base leaves contact soil caused by decay, once found rotten phenomenon, should be the base leaves removed, and air dry wounds or in the wound coated with sulfur powder.

Watering: Crassula falcata needs sufficient moisture to keep the soil moist during the growing season. Even in summer and winter, the soil should not be kept dry for a long time. Because the roots of Crassula falcata are very thin, it is difficult to recover the absorption function in case of drought, which causes the leaves to lose water and become soft, and in severe cases, the plant will die.

Fertilizing: fertilizing 1 times a month, using diluted cake fertilizer water or 15-15-30 potted flower special slow-release fertilizer.

Pruning: If Crassula falcata (propeller plant) grows too high, support or core cutting should be set to lower the plant shape, and the cuttings should be used for propagation. If the stem and leaves of Crassula falcata are found to fall off or the plant cannot stand upright during conservation, the upper part of the Crassula falcata should be cut and cut together with the leaves. In this way, the surviving plant will grow stronger and more ornamental. The mother plant after the truncation will give birth to many young plants, which can be used for propagation.

Crassula falcata (propeller plant) dormancy caused by high temperature in summer should be placed in a cool and ventilated place; Winter temperature is not less than 5℃ can be safe wintering. 

Adequate moisture should be ensured during the growing season and the soil should be kept moist. Even in summer and winter, the soil should not be kept dry for a long time. Because the roots of Crassula falcata (propeller plant) are very thin, it is difficult to recover the absorption function in case of drought, resulting in the loss of water and softening of the leaves, and in severe cases, the plant will die. 

In addition, if found in the maintenance process stem leaves fall off, or Crassula falcata can not stand up, should be the upper part of the Crassula falcata together with the leaves cut cuttings, so that the Crassula falcata (propeller plant) after the survival of robust growth, more ornamental, and the mother plant after the head will grass many young plants, can be used to breed.

Raise a lot of meat four points: basin to shallow, soil to loose, less water, people to lazy.As long as grasp these four to raise Succulents is no problem. 

Disease control of Crassula falcata

Diseases and insect pests: Crassula falcata (propeller plant) mainly harms fleksy leaves with grey mold. At the initial stage of occurrence, it is sprayed with 500 times liquid of 50% methyl tobutine wetting powder. Indoor ventilation is not smooth, there will be whitefly harm, with 50% kill borer pine emulsion 1500 times the fluid spray kill.

Landscape use of Crassula Falcata

Crassula Falcata (propeller plant) plants decorate a windowsill, desk or end table in an inviting, verdant and elegant way. In Nanwan, the layout in the steps, vestibule velvet Small Garden corner corner, beautiful eye-striking.

Crassula falcata