There are not synonyms for this plant.
Crassula ‘Velveta’ has garden origin.
Crassula ‘Velveta’ is an uncommon hybrids belonging to the Crassulaceae botanical family. The stem is short and erect and the plant tends to branch from the base. The succulent is very small and can reach up to 8 cm in height and 5 cm in diameter. The stem is fleshy, brownish and woody at the base. The leaves are sessile, directly inserted on the stem, very close each other and form small rosettes. The leaves are ovate, rounded, fleshy, arranged in opposite pairs, they are pale green in color and can take reddish hues on the margins if exposed to the sunlight. Blooming occurs from the early spring to the late summer and the blossoms are borne at the apex of the stem. The flowers are borne in clusters and they are numerous, small, star-shaped white inside and greenish outside and with yellow stamens at the center.
The plant has a slow growth rate but it easy to cultivate. The plant needs a bright exposure, indirect sun-light, this will help development of flower buds. Long exposure to direct sun-light can cause burns and burnt spots. The maximum resistance to cold is 10 °C so it is recommended not to expose the plant to lower temperatures. Too low temperatures can cause the stem or leaves to break due to water freezing inside the tissues. Temperatures between 10 and 15 °C allow the plants to enter vegetative rest which is essential for the flowering of the following year. Plants should not be placed inside the house where average temperatures of 20 degrees prevent vegetative rest. The soil should be a well-draining and porous soil, so you can use a standard cactus soil or a mix of fertile soil and sand. The pumice should always be placed on the bottom of the pot. Remember to use a perforating pot to drain excess water. Watering can be done regularly during the vegetative period. Irrigation is proportional to the size of the pot, the position and the season. In Spring and Autumn the plant can be watered with a glass of water every 7-10 days; in summer it can be watered every 3-5 days. Decrease the amount of water if the plant is kept indoors or if the pot is smaller than 12 cm. The plant is used to growing in poor soils, for this reason it does not need abundant fertilization, it is sufficient to fertilize once in spring and once in summer. If the pot starts to be too small for the plant you can repot the plant in a pot 2 cm wider. Repotting should be done early in the growing season with fresh new potting soil; it is usually done every 3-4 years. Be careful to red spiders and mealy bugs.
The easiest and fast method of propagation is to use cuttings. For leaf cutting you can cut some healthy leaves and plant it in a pot with sand and loam. Place the pot in a warm and bright environment and in 1-2 months the cuttings will be ready to plant. To increase the success of propagation you can make two or more cuttings at the same time. It is advisable to use rooting hormone at the base of the cut to energize root development. For cuttings it is recommended temperatures around 20 °C. Propagation by seed it is not recommended for this species because it is very slow. To fast the propagation, you can try to immerse the seeds in water for 1 day. Sow the seeds in a sandy loam and keep them in warm, humid conditions.
From its name you could say that it is the “succulent plant” par excellence: its name comes from the Latin crassus, that means fat. The Crassula is a plant unpretentious but with a high vegetative strength: for this reason, it is sometimes used in a closed area for air purification, which is filtered by eliminating harmful substances.
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