Crassula Muscosa (Watch Chain Crassula) Profile

Written by Iris

Dec 14 2021

Crassula Muscosa (Watch Chain Crassula) Profile
Crassula Muscosa is basically native to South Africa and Namibia. Crassula Muscosa belongs to the Crassula family (Jade tree Plant), commonly known as Rattail Crassula, Watch Chain, Lizard's Tail, and Zipper Plant. Crassula Muscosa (Watch chain Crassula) is the most unique succulent in the Sedum genus because of its very distinctive appearance. Crassula muscosa has very small, yellow-green leaves that are tightly packed into each branch of the stem.

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Crassula Muscosa Info

Scientific name Crassula muscosa (syn. Crassula lycopodioides)
Common name Rattail Crassula, Watch Chain, Lizard’s Tail, Zipper Plant
Family Crassulaceae
Origin Namiba, South Africa
Height 10 to 20 cm
Toxic No

Crassula muscosa Name Origin

The name crassula muscosa comes from the Latin word muscosus, which means “mossy.” It is also known as Crassula lycopodioides.

Crassula Muscosa Native Habits

Crassula muscosa is a fascinating string succulent that can reach a height of 12 inches (30 cm) and has a spreading habit of branching stems with tightly overlapping, stacked, narrow, light green leaves. The leaves completely conceal the stems, which begin upright but then trail over due to the weight of all the leaves. The small, pale yellowish-green, musty-smelling flowers appear alongside the tightly packed leaves along the stems from spring to mid-summer. It’s ideal for adding a splash of color to a mixed planting or as a small-scale ground cover in a well-drained mound or rock garden.
Watch Chain is the most common name for this Crassula muscosa plant because of its delicate interlocking leaves that resemble the tight jewelers’ links used to attach a pocket watch to a vest.
The watch chain succulent grows in a variety of habitats. It is found throughout South Africa, from the Western Cape’s winter rainfall area to the Eastern Cape and north into Namibia and Lesotho, though it is often found only in well-drained rocky quartz fields. It is hardy to around 20 degrees Fahrenheit (6.7 degrees Celsius), but it appears to dislike being cold and wet at the same time.

Crassula Muscosa Distribution

Crassula Muscosa is present in Southern Africa (Eastern Cape, Free State, Northern Cape, North West, Western Cape, Namaqualand) and southern Namibia. Crassula Muscosa is widely distributed throughout semi-arid and arid karoo areas, and grows preferably in rocky habitats, but is also found on plains.
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How to Grow & Care for Crassula Muscosa

How to Grow Crassula Muscosa

  • Propagate with Stem Cuttings
Propagating these lovely succulents is as easy as it is to care for them. Like most succulents, Crassula Muscosa plants propagate via stem cuttings. They can also be propagated from leaves, but this might be a more time-consuming process than from stem cuttings.
Cut down the 2 cm stem from the Crassula muscosa plant as this is the ideal cutting size to grow a new Crassula plant.
Remove the stem from the mature plant and let it dry for a day so that the cut heals. Next, place it in a well-draining potting mix. Keep it away from direct sunlight and only water it every few days.
In about two weeks you should notice that the stem has grown its new root system. Once the root system is fully developed, you can water it once a week. As the plant grows, make sure you increase the amount of light it gets every day.
  • Propagate with Leaves
When propagating crassula Muscosa with leaves, you should get a leave carefully from the mother plant. It should be a healthy leave that has no part left on the stem. In this way, the propagation will work. Before replanting, wait for a few days to allow it to callous. Use well-draining soil for your new Crassula muscosa plant. Don't forget to water when the soil dries out.
  • Propagate with Offsets
Crassula muscosa propagates from offsets. To be able to propagate from the mother plant, you might wait several years for the main plant to produce an offset. To start this process, use a sharp knife and remove an offset from the main plant. When you remove the offset, clean the extra soil from it. Before replanting, wait for a few days to allow it to callous. Use well-draining soil for your new succulent plant. Don't forget to water when the soil dries out.
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How to Care for Crassula Muscosa

  • Light Care
The rattail crassula does best in full or partial sun. Hot summer sun is welcome. An only bright location but directly behind a window is also suitable. This little Crassula muscosa plant can spend the summer in the garden or on the balcony.
  • Soil Care
Soil and container is the essential material to grow your crassula Muscosa. Chose a container with average size which has a drainage hole form which water could drain out.
  • Water Care
Allow the soil to nearly dry between the waterings. Drying out for short time will be tolerated but it is better if the soil only dries to about 90 % of the pots height. Water sparingly if placed cool to temperate during winter.
  • Temperature and Humidity
In Spring and Summer a good temperature is around 70-75 Fahrenheit, they can take higher temperatures than this as long as long as plenty of ventilation can be given, open windows if growing on windowsills indoors on very hot summer days or install a circulating fan in hot greenhouses. In Winter Crassula muscosa can take very cold temperatures and is hardy to 20 Fahrenheit but ideally a temperature around 41 Fahrenheit is a safer minimum temperature for these plants in Winter.
Like all succulent plants, Crassula muscosa don't like high humidity as this can encourage fungus and rots, plenty of ventilation must always be given in very hot and wet weather, the ideal humidity for these Crassula muscosa plants is 50% or lower, but they can take much higher than this if the soil is allowed to dry out in between watering, and the soil is kept much drier in Winter.
  • Fertilizer Care
Typically Crassula Muscosa doesn’t require fertilizer in all seasons but if you want to accelerate the growth of your Crassula muscosa  you can use fertilizer in summers.
  • Pruning Care
Crassula muscosa is best pruned every year in Spring to help prevent the stems from growing unruly and pruning this Crassula muscosa plant back also helps to prevent the stems from dropping off from the weight of the stems as they grow. These plants can be easily re started again as cuttings if the stems start to look too dry and brown.
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Crassula Muscosa Uses

As a result of the nature of the Crassula muscosa plant, it isn't hard to grow and preserve within in, say,  a balcony, or even inside. It’s a great way to get little ones involved with plants and gardening. In the event that you have plants around your home, watch chain plant can readily be trimmed to squeeze into pretty much any space with no growth getting interrupted.

Varieties of Crassula

There are so many species and cultivars of Crassula to choose from that you may become a collector. In addition to the standard jade plant cultivars (Crassula ovata), here are a few others that may catch your eye:
 Crassula 'Morgan's beauty': This hybrid cultivar has silver leaves dusted in white, with pretty pink late spring flowers. It grows about 4 inches tall.
Crassula erosula 'Campfire': This variety has long-branching lime leaves that turn blazing red in winter. It's a clumping plant that grows about 4 to 8 inches tall and spreads up to 2 feet wide.
Crassula pellucida variegata : This plant exhibits a flowing mass of heart-shaped leaves variegated in pink, green, and creamy yellow.
Crassula perforata: Also known as the stacked Crassula, this plant has leaves that circle around a central stem, giving it the common name string of buttons.
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Crassula Muscosa Common Pests/Diseases

Crassula Muscosa is defensive less to mealy bugs and other large scale insects. Overwatering, poor quality and very low temperature is also the cause of root rot. Poor quality soil means the soil with more moisture and less able to drain out the water during the watering process. If accidentally your crassula lycopodioides (zipper plant) is affected, then treat it with neem oil insecticide or any other powder form insecticide. Once your plant is affected your first task is to move affected plant to another area and remove the affected steam with a knife. After removing the affected area keep apply the neem oil for a few days until your Crassula muscosa plant will groom.