The Lovely Dwarf Succulent ‘Crassula Dorothy’

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If you’re a succulent enthusiast or a plant lover seeking an eye-catching addition to your indoor garden, look no further than the Crassula ‘Dorothy.’ This lovely succulent, vibrant colors and unique foliage captivate any plant lover’s heart. In this article, we’ll explore the captivating characteristics of the Crassula ‘Dorothy’ and share tips on how to care for this delightful plant.

The Beauty of Crassula ‘Dorothy’

Crassula ‘Dorothy’ is a cultivar derived from the Crassula ovata species, commonly known as the Jade Plant or Money Tree. This Crassula is not a huge plant, just in medium size as the size of a bush in your garden. What sets ‘Dorothy’ apart is its foliage, which is vibrant green, pink, and cream hues.

The leaves are fleshy, spoon-shaped, and often edged with a light pink. The coloration becomes greater with exposure to bright sunlight.

Its flowers are soft, pink or red. Crassula Dorothy’s flowers are tiny. Typically, each flower might be around 0.5 to 1 cm in diameter. These flowers often bloom in the late spring to early summer. But sometimes, they can show off earlier with proper care and conditions.

The roots of Crassula ‘Dorothy’ are thin and thick. They thrive horizontally to take water and nutrients from the soil easily. Instead of growing deep down, the roots develop near the surface, which helps the roots retain water as quickly as possible.

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Easy Care Requirements

Crassula ‘Dorothy’ is a favorite option for many succulent lovers because of its relatively low-maintenance care requirements. Here are some instructions that you can follow up:

  • Light: ‘Dorothy’ thrives in bright, indirect light. Place it near a sunny window or in a spot with ample sunlight. However, be cautious of scorching the leaves in direct sunlight, which can cause sunburn.
  • Temperature: This succulent prefers temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C). It can tolerate slightly lower temperatures but not too cold or freezing.
  • Watering: Like most succulents, Crassula ‘Dorothy’ prefers infrequent watering. Ensure that the soil is thoroughly dried out before the next watering. It is crucial to practice moderation in watering to prevent the risk of root rot caused by overwatering.
  • Soil and Potting: Plant your ‘Dorothy’ in a well-draining succulent soil mix. To ensure adequate drainage, it is recommended to use a mixture of regular potting soil, perlite, and coarse sand. Additionally, opt for a pot with drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.
  • Propagation and Growth: The Crassula ‘Dorothy’ can be propagated through stem or leaf cuttings. Stem cuttings can be rooted in a well-draining soil mix, while leaves can be laid on top of the soil until they develop roots. Under optimal conditions, this plant exhibits a relatively rapid growth rate and can attain a height of up to 12 inches (30 cm).
  • Pruning and Maintenance: Pruning is not typically necessary for Crassula ‘Dorothy,’ as it maintains a compact and bushy growth habit. However, you can trim leggy stems or remove dead leaves to improve their appearance. Regular check for pests such as mealybugs or aphids is advisable, as early detection can prevent infestations.

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Combining Crassula ‘Dorothy’ with Other Plants

The colors and unique structure of Crassula ‘Dorothy’ make it a great choice for succulent arrangements. Place it with succulents from other genera, such as Echeverias, Haworthias, and Sedums, to create a colorful garden in your home. I believe with Crassula ‘Dorothy’ and your creativity, you won’t find the second version in this world.

Conclusion

Crassula ‘Dorothy’ is a true gem among succulent enthusiasts, thanks to its vibrant colors, distinctive foliage, and ease of care. Whether a seasoned plant collector or a beginner, this lovely succulent will charm your indoor garden. With its low-maintenance requirements and eye-catching appearance, the Crassula ‘Dorothy’ is an excellent choice for anyone looking to expand their succulent collection. Bring home this beauty, and watch as its unique colors and textures breathe life into your living space.

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