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Re: Crassula time

Post by Tina » Sat Jan 02, 2021 10:58 am

Wasn't the strawberry to do with fragarioides meaning 'strawberry like' to do with the leaf markings on the original form of plant, must admit I'm not as keen on the second form its quite butch :lol:
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Re: Crassula time

Post by Stuart » Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:11 am

There seem to be two plants going around as fragarioides, a compact form with small, narrow leaves that turn red in winter and look quite strawberry-like. I've struggled to grow this one and sadly don't have it any more. The fat form still has the same name but seems easy to grow and doesn't colour up in the winter. They don't seem like the same species to me.

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Re: Crassula time

Post by MikeT » Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:16 pm

A few more.
This is my fragarioides. It needed cutting back in order to get at the mealies inside. However, has regrown fairly well already, and even trying to flower.
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The prunings have provided quite a few cuttings. They've been on a windowsill rather than in the greenhouse, it makes quite a difference to the leaf colour.
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Crassula tecta. The first taken a week or so ago, when the flower stems were starting to adopt weird shapes instead of a nice neat straight up. The second yesterday. Any suggestions why they do this? I suspect it's because they want me to give them more water, but maybe they just get weary of standing to attention.
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Next up C. columella
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Then 'Celia'
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Sericea is getting a bit scruffy and leggy, I need to take the tops off as cuttings in the spring, and encourage the side shoots to give me a neater, bushier plant
C sericea.JPG
Plegmatoides, looking a bit thirsty
Cr plegmatoides.JPG
And finally deceptor, also looking somewhat thirsty
Cr deceptor.JPG
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Re: Crassula time

Post by MikeT » Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:11 pm

I found this one of my original fragarioides in a previous year, showing that they can colour up quite well - though I can't match Phil's Bradleya cover colour.
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Re: Crassula time

Post by Tina » Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:23 am

Some no ce plants there Mike, cuttings of fragaroides look good, nice blushing picture
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Re: Crassula time

Post by ChrisR » Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:26 am

Crassula fragarioides just needs better light to colour up.

California grown;
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Same one UK grown;
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Even the thicker leaf form.....
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Re: Crassula time

Post by Phil_SK » Sun Jan 03, 2021 12:11 pm

The photo of the thicker-leaved form, that's in California too?
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Re: Crassula time

Post by MikeT » Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:46 pm

ChrisR wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:26 am
Crassula fragarioides just needs better light to colour up.
I've given my cuttings a try with different light, Chris.
Do you think this is better?
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Re: Crassula time

Post by ChrisR » Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:08 pm

Phil_SK wrote:
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The photo of the thicker-leaved form, that's in California too?
That's a habitat photo Phil. But I'd expect with the necessary (artificial?) lighting it could be achieved in cultivation.
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Re: Crassula time

Post by ChrisR » Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:09 pm

MikeT wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:46 pm
ChrisR wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:26 am
Crassula fragarioides just needs better light to colour up.
I've given my cuttings a try with different light, Chris.
Do you think this is better?Cr_fragarioides_cuttings_2.JPG

Amazing Mike :lol:
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