Crassula portulaceae 'Hobbit' or Baby Jade is a very compact hybrid form of Crassula. It is a cross between Crassula argentea and C. lactea. It has small, obovate, pointed leaves 0.75 to 1.25 inches (2-3 cm) long and about half as wide. The leaf margins are red, and when grown in full sun, the new growth is red. They are very slow growers and with great age they will reach up to 14 inches ( 35 cm) in height. With their red margins and easy culture, they make a great addition to any collection.
Blooming: Our plant in the greenhouse has never bloomed.
Culture: Crassula portulaceae 'Hobbit' need full sun to partial shade and a well-drained soil mix. In the greenhouse we use a soil mix consisting of 1 part peat moss to 1 part loam to 2 parts sand or perlite. Plants should be well watered and allowed to dry thoroughly before watering again. We fertilize them once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to one half the recommended strength. During the winter months, plants are watered only enough to keep the leaves from shriveling. The most common reason for failure in growing these plants is overwatering.
Propagation: Crassula portulaceae 'Hobbit' is propagated by leaf and stem cuttings.
Crassula portulaceae 'Hobbit' was featured as Plant of the Week February 4-10, 2005.
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