Crassula rupestris (Rosary Vine)
Crassula rupestris (Rosary Vine) is a succulent shrub with erect or spreading branches and greyish-green to brownish-red leaves with…
Crassula Rupestris Common Names
The scientific name of the plant is derived from the Latin word. Where ‘Crassus’ means ‘thick and fleshy’ and ‘rupestris’ means ‘rock’, referring to the succulent leaves and natural rock habitat of the plant. Besides this name, the plant is famous for a variety of common names. These refer to the unique appearance, small size, and compact arrangement of the plant.
- Baby’s Necklace Vine.
- Bead Vine.
- Buttons on a string.
- Concertina Plant and Concertina Bush.
- Kebab Bush.
- Rosary Vine.
Propagating Crassula Baby’s Necklace
Propagating these adorable succulents is as easy as it is to care for them. Like most succulents, Crassula Baby’s Necklace 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.
How to propagate a stem? Remove it from the mature plant and let it dry for a few hours or even 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.
It should take about two weeks until you’ll notice that the stem has grown its new root system. Once the root system is fully developed, you can cut back on watering to once a week. As the plant grows, make sure you increase the amount of light it gets every day.
Crassula rupestris (Thunberg): An easy grower with a unique form. This soft succulent grows as a small, branching shrublet in rocky crevices in South Africa and Namibia. Its thick, triangular leaves appeared skewered by their long, narrow stems that grow up to 12.0" long, bending and trailing from containers.
The leaves of C. rupestris are a minty color with contrasting green borders. When grown in bright sun they can even develop a red leaf margin. Look for spring blooms of tiny white to pink blossoms clustered into dense heads.
Like other soft succulents, C. rupestris needs to be indoors before temperatures drop below freezing. It should be in a pot with a drainage with gritty, well-draining soil. Water deeply but only when the soil is dry and keep near a sunny window to maintain dense, colorful growth.
Crassula can show tiny white or black dots on their leaves. These are healthy, water-transferring pores called "hydathodes" and not a sign of disease.