Adromischus cristatus or Crinkle-Leaf Plant, a native of South Africa, is a curious looking plant. The fleshy leaves are 2 inches long by 1 inch wide. Leaf tips are squared off and have wavy margins. The stems are covered in reddish-brown aerial roots.
Blooming Time: Spring. Flowers are not particularly showy.
Culture: Adromischus cristatus need full sun, warm temperatures and a well-drained potting mix. We use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts loam to 1 part course sand with small gravel added to increase drainage. During the growing season (May-October) the plant are watered once a week. During this time the plants are fertilized only once with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. During the winter months water only enough to keep the leaves from shriveling.
Propagation: Adromischus cristatus are propagated by division, leaf and stem cutting in spring.
Adromischus cristatus was featured as Plant of the Week May 25-31, 2001.
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