How To Make A Succulent Embroidery Patch With Ease

When you love something, it manifests itself in your daily life.

For example, we are head over roots in love with succulents. From their endearing appearance that adds to their majestic colors and eye-catching shapes, these creatures have our hearts. We have welcomed them into our offices and homes, indulged in their health benefits, munched on them in Mexican cuisine to creating delectable succulent desserts.

Let’s face it, when you love something so much, it’s only fair to ‘wear it on your sleeve’!

How To Make A Succulent Embroidery Patch With Ease
succulent embroidery @hoopandwheel

Succulents go vogue

Thirty years ago, succulents were frowned upon and left to grow wildly in deserted desert landscapes. After a period of drought, the influx of social media, and a generation of schedule inspired gardeners, and succulents are now the trendiest member of the plant kingdom.

It is refreshing to see the endless possibilities succulents have awarded us. While it is possible to make an appointment at the nail salon for a succulent manicure with nail art, the millennial plantsman is proposing to his partner with succulent jewelry.

The fashion world is not being left behind. Botanical embroidery is on the rise, with designers taking these intricate organisms with their playful shapes and beautiful colors onto fabric. Do-it-yourself patterns of individual Zebra Plant or the leaves of a large Crassula stand out on the corners of table linens, napkins, and tea towels.

Update your threads with a succulent embroidery patch

Have some prickly fun and switch up a denim skirt or polo shirt pocket with a spikey succulent. Add puns like ‘Can’t touch this’ or ‘Stay Sharp My Friend,’ and you might be the next trending Insta-fashionista! Whether you are a beginner or a professional outfitter, you can tailor these amazing plants to suit your lifestyle.

The easiest way to include succulents into your wardrobe is to purchase the iron-on, succulent embroidery patch kits. The kits include 6-12 embroidered patch appliques that you iron onto your choice of fabric. For those who want a bit of a challenge, you could opt for the embroidery sewing kits that contain a detailed instruction manual, color guide, pattern sheet, transfer, and stitch guide.

Try these succulent embroidery patch kits we found!

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Create your succulent embroidery patch

It may sound like a daunting task, but thanks to technology, it’s just purchasing the pattern online, downloading it, printing it, and stitching it.

1. Buying and downloading the pattern

There are several sites on the internet where you can purchase patterns of your favorite succulents. After downloading the pattern, you can resize it to match the piece of fabric you intend to stitch. Most sample embroidery patterns are about 4 inches tall and would comfortably fit within a 6-inch embroidery hoop.

Check out some amazing succulent embroidery patch patterns here!

2. Mark your pattern

A professional dressmaker may be able to use tracing paper to mark out the pattern onto the piece of cloth, but for amateurs, it may get tricky to see the fine details. Your best bet would be to use a fine-tipped, heat transfer pen to mark your pattern. These pens work well with both heavy and light fabrics and are available in different colors and sizes.

Trace the design in reverse because the ironing process creates a mirror image of the design on the marked paper. Place the paper against the area of fabric you want to stitch and press firmly with a hot iron. Moving the iron back and forth could distort the image.

3. Secure the fabric

It is advisable to fasten your fabric in an embroidery hoop or frame before stitching. This helps to keep the fabric taut while sewing and minimizes the risk of damaging the embroidery or staining the fabric. Ensure that the pattern is at the center of the hoop or frame.

4. Color coordination

The color options for your succulent embroidery patch are up to you. Muted blue and green is a natural look for succulents, while natural shades and pastels give the succulents a modern look. Off pink or dusty purple can add that extra spark to the leaves of your succulent patch.

5. Darn it up

Start by stitching the outline of the pattern. Backstitch works well for creating solid lines. If your patch has some Sedum or Senecio succulents, a detached chain stitch will create beautiful patterns. If you need to accentuate a plant branch, you could use a stem stitch while satin stitch can create patterns of succulent ground cover.

Contrasting stitching styles while filling in the succulents will create depth and character to your pattern.

6. Tidy up

Cut around the outside of your fabric, making sure you leave at least 3 cm around the edge of your succulent patch. Get a piece of felt, cut it to match your patch, and firmly fix the two layers with stitches or glue. This will give your embroidery patch a firm background.

7. Pin it to win it

Secure a safety pin at the back of the patch and wear your succulent embroidery patch with pride!

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How To Make A Succulent Embroidery Patch With Ease
A pair of scissors, rolls of thread and fabric @threadypulse

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The Lovely String of Hearts Succulent – Ceropegia Woodii

There is no denying that succulents are heaven-sent beauties to us, the plant lovers. These living jewels are hardy, making them a breeze to grow.

But that’s not all.

Perhaps their biggest strong point is the huge assortment they bring to the table (or to the pots). With over 10,000 known types of succulents, they sure give everyone a taste for their preference. Be it the colors, shapes, sizes – name it. What more could you ask for?

Speaking of variety, string of hearts is just one of these gems that is courting some serious attention out there. This is why it’s only natural to have a closer look at it.

And so we begin…

The Lovely String of Hearts Succulent – Ceropegia Woodii
Ceropegia Woodii @littleandlush

Ceropegia Woodii

The lovely string of hearts is known as Ceropegia woodii in botanical circles. As you would have guessed, it belongs to the genus Ceropegia which is under the Apocynaceae family. It is a close relative of Ceropegia linearis so it isn’t exactly unusual to find it classified as subspecies of the latter plant.

Aside from a string of hearts, other oft-used common names include

  • Sweetheart vine
  • Collar of hearts
  • Hearts-on-a-string
  • Chain of hearts
  • Rosary vine

These names are based on the heart-shaped leaves. The hearty beauty is endemic to the southern parts of Africa, growing in the wilds of Swaziland, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Ceropegia woodii is a trailer, with the vine attaining a height of close to 4 inches. From there, it spreads to as far as 2 meters on the lower end to 4 meters maximum. The leaves (remember their shape?) take on a shade of green depending on the amount of light available. Under sufficient light exposure, they are deep green and turn pale in low light conditions. You’ll do the sweetheart vine good growing it in a hanging basket.

The string of hearts completes its charm with a multi-colored flower having a mix of white, purple and magenta.

Just how good of a plant is this succulent? Taking into account its Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society, it is a safe bet to place it among the best.

Why is the strings of hearts so popular?

  • Requires little water to grow
  • You don’t need a huge pot to grow it as the better part of is out there hanging
  • Can thrive outdoors and indoors
  • Completely harmless to pets and humans
  • More options for propagation – via tubers and stems (more details a few paces down)
The Lovely String of Hearts Succulent – Ceropegia Woodii
String of Hearts in a planter @melissamlo

How to take care of string of hearts succulent

The adage about succulents still holds for the string of hearts – can still thrive in the face of occasional neglect. Simply put – easy to care.

Too busy to be watching over your plant every day? Or maybe you’re just getting started with growing houseplants? Either way, the string of hearts should be a top priority for you.

That said here are the conditions this succulent will need for it to show off its real beauty.

Lighting for string of hearts

The string of hearts loves light, plenty of it. So be sure to have it as exposed as possible.

But that doesn’t mean leaving it to battle with direct sun rays. That’s a sure way of killing it. Always ensure it is sheltered when grown outdoors. Inside the house, make a point of placing it near the brightest west or south-facing window.

As mentioned above, the leaves will let you know if your plant is not receiving enough light – pale leaves. Additionally, the said leaves will be more apart.

Thinking of using a grow light for your succulent? Check out “Are Grow Lights Bad for My Succulents” to see if using grow lights is bad or not for your succulents.

Ideal climate for string of hearts

Ceropegia woodii can thrive outdoors only in tropical and subtropical areas. Even then, the temperatures should always be above 150 C. So remember to bring it in during the very cold winter months.

Room temperature is enough for the string of hearts to thrive indoors so there isn’t much to worry about on that front.

For more on taking care of your succulents during the winter season…check out “How To Care For Indoor Succulents During The Winter“.

Watering the string of hearts succulent

Just as with any succulent, the string of hearts doesn’t need gallons of water. Remember the golden rule – only water when the soil is completely dry. While at it, see to it that the potting medium is soaked.

This applies during the growing seasons of the plant; that is spring and early fall. In winter, when the string of hearts is dormant for a larger part, moistening the soil when it dries out will serve the plant just right. Anything beyond this is inviting trouble in the form of root rot.

Be sure to also take a look at “5 Dangers Of Overwatering A Cactus” to see the limits on watering your succulents.

Best soil for growing string of hearts

Be sure to give your Ceropegia woodii a well-drained soil mix. A clogged potting mix is a sure way of losing your plant to rot.

You can purchase a succulent/cactus potting mix to use. Alternatively, you can make your own ideal mix real quick. All you need is regular potting soil, coarse sand and pumice/perlite. Throw their measured quantities in a container and you’ll be set in no time.

Also, need some tips on which fertilizer is best for your succulents? Check out “5 Safest Fertilizers For Your Succulents” for more info.

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The Lovely String of Hearts Succulent – Ceropegia Woodii
A person holding string of hearts succulent @stayathomeplantmom

Propagation

As indicated above, string of hearts has two main propagation avenues – tubers and stems.

Propagation by tubers

A glowing Ceropegia woodii plant bears small white tubers on the stems. All you need to do is pluck off these white structures and set them up in a fresh potting mix – a well-draining one at that.

Just place your tubers of choice on top of the soil, keep it moist and shield your set up away from direct sunlight (but it should still get enough light). You should see new development in no time – after a few days, that is.

Check out also our full guide “5 Tips for Propagating Succulents” for all things propagating.

Propagation by stem cuttings

This is more like using tubers above only that you’re going with stems in this case. So a well-draining potting mix and shelter from direct sunlight still hold.

Cut up the stem into sizeable portions and stick them into your potting mix. Supply the buried cuttings with water every once a week as you wait for your babies to come out.

Another preferred way of using stems for propagation is using water instead of soil. Follow the same procedure of obtaining your cuttings and place them in a vase containing water. Wait for a few days for the cuttings to root before moving them to a potting mix.

Check out “7 Mini Garden Hand Tools For Your Succulents” for our full listing of garden tools you’ll need when propagating and repotting your plants.

Repotting string of hearts

You should repot a string of hearts succulent every 1-2 years. Your pot of choice should be slightly larger than the plant to allow for better growth.

You should dive into the whole process during the plant’s growing season – summer and spring. While at it, be sure to cut off any dry or sickly roots so that your plant starts in the new pot with a bang.

You’ll have to cut back on the watering a little bit to allow the plant to settle in better. Too much water before the roots have caught on may end up inviting rot.

Check out “How to Repot a Cactus Plant” for our full guide to repotting succulents.

String of hearts pests and problems

Pests

The pests likely to attack your Ceropegia woodii are aphids, mealybugs, and scale. Keep your plant under close surveillance to pick up any sign of these pesky little things.

Usually, you can blow them away with a jet of water and be done with them. But if this doesn’t produce the desired results, a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water will come in handy.

Pale leaves

Pale green leaves are an indication of insufficient light. If you notice this, move your plant to a bright spot well-sheltered from direct sun rays.

Root rot

This comes about due to your plant having to bear with prolonged periods of wetness – due to heavy-handed watering or slow-draining potting mix. Droopy leaves without any visible signs of a disease or pests can point to a possibility of root rot.

Check the roots to ascertain this. Depending on the extent of the rot, you might have to start all over again with propagation from stem cuttings.

Ceropegia woodii toxicity

The good thing is the string of hearts is devoid of any poisonous juice or secretions. It is, therefore, a safe bet to have it around even if you have a couple of pets or kids (or both).

The Lovely String of Hearts Succulent – Ceropegia Woodii
Hanging String of Hearts @urbanjungling

Thank you for reading! Do you own a string of hearts succulent? Share a picture of it with us in the comments below! Make sure you go check out related articles to keep your succulent interests nice and high with “How To Crochet A String Of Pearls” or even “Super Interesting Fuzzy Succulents You Have To See“.

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Super Interesting Fuzzy Succulents You Have To See

At this point, you agree that there is always something fuzzy about succulents. Of course, they’re easy to grow and all that. But when it comes to the beauty side of things, the unique features are endless.

And today, the focus will be on select few succulents with fuzzy leaves.

In the wild, the fuzzy leaves are an adaptation for toning down the intense heat common in the deserts these succulents inhabit. But in homes? In addition to the aesthetic appeal of these cute members of the plant kingdom., which means you should check them out.

And on this page, you’ll get an idea of what to check out. Read on.

1. Bear’s Paw (Cotyledon tomentosa)

The bear’s paw gets this common name from its “teeth”. Each of the puffy succulent leaves has tiny teeth at the tip, giving them the impression of a paw. The teeth turn to deep red when the plant is exposed to bright light. The leaf surfaces of these succulents are yellow-green and, of course, fuzzy.

The plant blooms in spring, bringing forth bell-shaped flowers that may be orange, pink, light yellow, or orange-red.

This shrubby beauty isn’t so good at braving the cold, so it’s best grown as an indoor plant – in regions that get colder than 30o F (-10 C). Otherwise, caring for this plant is a breeze.

As long as there is full sun to partial exposure, a well-draining soil mix, and ideal watering, your Cotyledon tomentosa will give you the best of its world – beauty. In summer, you might want to scale back on watering and fertilization as this succulent is dormant during this time.

For more on the bear’s paw succulent, check out “Super Cute Bear Paw Succulent (Cotyledon Tomentosa)“.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
Bear’s Paw (Cotyledon tomentosa) @cosas_de_crasas

2. Woolly Rose (Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’)

This is a hybrid between Echeveria setosa and Echeveria pulvinata ‘Ruby’.

Have a preference for tiny succulents? If yes, then the woolly rose succulent will be a good fit for you. This fuzzy piece of living art has a maximum height of about 5cm.

The leaves are a pale green but turn red at the tips when exposed to bright light — the woolly rose flowers between spring and fall. The blooms are multi-colored, with the inside being yellow and a red shading to yellow exterior parts.

As with most succulents, be sure to cut back on watering and stop fertilizing once winter sets in. Also, during this season, the wooly rose loses its leaves. It’s essential to make sure that those leaves are gone as soon as they fall off. Any shriveled foliage should also be cut off ASAP.

This protects the plant from the rot that may be set off by the dead foliage.

Be sure to also check out our piece “Why is the Echeveria Pulvinata Amongst Popular Succulents?” to see more on the parent plant echeveria pulvinata.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
Woolly Rose (Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’) @silly_and_squeaks_succulents

3. Mexican Firecracker (Echeveria setosa)

The Mexican firecracker is an award-winning beauty – it has the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society. So rest assured that it is an excellent plant to consider.

The succulent grows in stemless rosettes of approximately 15 cm diameter with numerous spoon-shaped leaves. The leaves are green and are covered with closely-cropped white hairs. Come spring, Echeveria setosa bears red flowers with yellow tips on 12-inch stalks.

You’ll be good to grow this baby inside if you live in a USDA hardiness zone below 9b. Alternatively, you can still grow it outside but in a pot. The cold can have devastating effects, so you want to be able to bring it inside when winter comes knocking.

You can propagate it easily by stem or leaf cuttings in spring or as soon as summer kicks off.

Check out another member from the echeveria family in “All You Need to Know About Echeveria Lola“.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
Mexican Firecracker (Echeveria setosa) @donasuculent

4. Teneriffe Houseleek (Sempervivum ciliosum)

Another well-deserved recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

The Teneriffe houseleek throws up numerous usually tiny offsets of up to 10 cm in height. It has a spreading habit covering as much as 50 cm. The green leaves grow in a spherical formation. At maturity, Sciliosum bears yellow blooms on 10 cm stalks. These usually come out in summer.

Want to see the full extent of this succulent beauty? Be sure to give it full sunlight exposure. Besides amplifying the colors, the sun will help maintain the compactness of those rosettes.

Houseleeks are the perfect option if you’re looking for cold-hardy fuzzy succulents. They can tolerate temperatures down to -40 F (-200 C), but you’ll have to shelter them from heavy downpours.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
Teneriffe Houseleek (Sempervivum ciliosum) @tiacristinacoimbra

5. Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa)

The velvety green leaves of this succulent plant make it one of the must-have fuzzy succulents. But there is a caveat: it’s been found to be toxic. So as much it will add a certain cheer to your indoors (or outdoors), you have to keep an eye out if you have kids and pets around.

That aside, it’s still a beautiful possession. On top of the velvet-like look, the brown-spotted tips of its green leaves make it particularly appealing.

To grow the panda plant outdoors, check to make sure that your area falls in USDA hardiness zone 9a and above. Otherwise, you’ll have to raise it as an indoor plant. Regardless of where you’re growing it, though, make a point of allowing enough access to light.

Full sun to partial exposure will be ideal. But for outdoors, protect your baby from the intense afternoon rays.

Check out more on this succulent with our piece “Kalanchoe Tomentosa— the Panda Plant“.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa) @jeps09

6. Pickle Plant (Delosperma echinatum)

This South African native succulent is more of a horizontal grower though it’s not uncommon to find plants with heights of 18 inches or so. Both the stems and leaves are covered with spiny white hairs. Yellow flowers show up when winter is about to wrap up.

Also, during this time (winter), you’re sure to find a few shriveled leaves on the plant. As long you’re following the right care routine, this shouldn’t be a cause for alarm. But you might want to remove the foliage lest they invite rot.

Raise your pickle plant in well-draining soil under full sun or partial shade. If you’re growing this succulent mostly in dry soils outdoors (zones 7a to 10b), keep in mind of its invasive nature.

You can propagate Delosperma echinatum by division, cuttings, or seeds. You should make cuttings in fall, spring, or summer, while for division, spring will be your most ideal season to do it.

You may have some of these succulents indoor while the winter season is passing through. Check out “How To Care For Indoor Succulents During The Winter” for our guide to taking care of your succulents indoors.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
Pickle Plant (Delosperma echinatum) @trojanking9

7. Plush Plant (Echeveria harmsii)

The Mexican native succulent is a head-turner given the appeal of its leaves. For a start, the natural color of leaves is green, but with a tinge of pink at their tips. The most outstanding feature is the closely-cropped spread of hairs that gives the plush plant’s leaves a velvet appearance.

Being good as it is, most people find its urn-shaped flowers the most appealing. The blooms are bright orange with yellow throats. They come out in spring.

In addition to the lean caring routine common with succulents, be sure to rid your fuzzy plant of dry foliage. The dead leaves attract rot and are perfect hideouts for pests. The plush plant’s leaves are usually dry in winter.

You can only grow this baby outside if your hardiness zone is 11a and above.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
Plush Plant (Echeveria harmsii) @patricia_medina_llerena

8. White Chenille Plant (Echeveria pulvinata Frosty)

The common here – white chenille plant – refers to the velvety silver cover of fine hairs (and that’s the origin of the name ‘frosty’). As mentioned above, this serves to quell the intense heat that is common in drylands, Oaxaca, Mexico, in the case of this gem.

The plant is quite a heavy bloomer, throwing up as many as 20 flowers at ago! These orange bell-shaped flowers come out in winter.

Despite the name “frosty” though, super low temperatures will mess it big time – below 200 F (-70 C). So it goes without saying that you must put measures in place if the average minimum readings of your area are way below this.

Propagating the white chenille plant is easy through stem cuttings. Just nip off a stem 1-2 cm below a rosette, give it time for the cut part to heal, and plant it in well-draining soil.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
White Chenille Plant (Echeveria pulvinata Frosty) @succulents_yt

9. White Velvet (Tradescantia sillamontana)

You can also call this succulent cobweb spiderwort, white gossamer plant, or hairy wondering Jew. These common names are a reference to the plant’s surface that is entirely densely covered in white hairs.

The plant starts with an upright habit but later on turns to prostrate. The leaves vary in color, sometimes being gray-green, faded olive or purple.

If you have a liking for flowers (who doesn’t?) then summer is the best time with the white velvet. During this season, it bears purple-pink blooms.

But all these good looks will fizzle under low light, too much fertilizer (nitrogen), and overwatering. So better keep the three in check if you want a beaming Tsillamontana.

For watering, keep it light. Only fetch the can when the soil is dry. You should also reduce this frequency further in winter when the plant has gone into dormancy. Fertilization is a no-no during winter.

Need to find some guidance on which fertilizer is best to buy for your succulents? Check out “5 Safest Fertilizers For Your Succulents” for more.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
White Velvet (Tradescantia sillamontana) @frlilgarden

10. Copper Spoons (Kalanchoe orgyalis)

Besides copper spoons, other common names of this succulent include leather plant, cinnamon bear, and shoe leather Kalanchoe.

Despite having a known height of 1.8 m, copper spoons will remain small in a pot. As the name suggests, its leaves are spoon-shaped with an upward fold. The leaves have distinct colors on the upper and lower sides.

The upper side is a dash of cinnamon brown, while the underside is grayish. But this distinction disappears as the plant racks up years – the cinnamon brown slowly changes to fit the appearance of the lower part of the leaf. Of course, both sides of the leaves are covered with hairs of corresponding colors.

Copper spoons sure do love light. But you have to be careful with southern exposure as it will burn the plant. So partial sun and light shade will serve the plant better.

Super Interesting Fuzzy succulents You have to See
Copper Spoons (Kalanchoe orgyalis) @that.botanical.life

11. Millot Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe millotii)

This last succulent beauty has a shrubby habit and can grow to 30 cm (12 inches) tops. It has oval green leaves that have scalloped edges. The little hairs on the surface of these leaves give the plant a hazy look. Summertime is the flowering season. The blooms are greenish-yellow and occur in clusters.

You’re in luck if you live in a warmer region (USDA hardiness zone 10b to 11b). Millot Kalanchoe makes a perfect rock garden plant. But as it is with most Kalanchoe, be sure to shield the plant against intense sun rays.

You can propagate the Kalanchoe millotii via its leaves.

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Millot Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe millotii) @kyliesgarden

Thank you for reading with us today! Make sure you go check out related articles to keep your succulent interest high with “Succulent Leaves Changing Color? Find Out What That Means” or even “14 Sedum Succulents You Need In Your Garden“.

If you’d like this read you’re going to love our full in-depth ebooks! With so many of our succulent lovers asking for more, we listened and can’t wait to share it with you here! With our very detailed ebooks, you’ll get more information than these short articles, some ebooks are 30+ pages, perfect for a weekend read.

Happy Planting! 🌵

Watch Chain Succulent (Crassula Muscosa)

Think you’ve been blown away enough by what the succulent world has to offer? Think again. Each day brings a possibility of encountering another new (and fascinating) plant.

Today, our object of admiration is the Crassula muscosa, otherwise known by the common name watch chain. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Yes? No?

It doesn’t matter – This piece will give all you need. The watch chain succulent is an interesting ornamental plant. You might want to consider adding it to your collection.

But before you make this decision, dive in below to and learn all that there is about it.

Watch Chain Succulent (Crassula muscosa)
The Watch Chain succulent held by hand @evyesili

Description

Crassula muscosa isn’t much of an upward grower. It reaches just a height of about 12 inches (30cm). This lack in height is compensated by the numerous branches the stems put out. This gives the plant quite a wide frame, sometimes extending up to 8 inches (20 cm).

The stems are completely covered by close-cropped rows of narrow faint green interlocking leaves. The arrangement and size of the leaves give the stem a zipper-like appearance, which has earned it another common name – the zipper plant.

The plant has quite a bit of unconventional flowering – instead of throwing up blooms at the tips of stems, they (blooms) appear along the stem with the leaves. They are green-yellow and come out mainly during spring or summer. The blooms may also appear during other seasons after rains or watering.

This zipper-like beauty is a native of several (3) countries found in the southern part of Africa. That is Namibia, Lesotho, and South Africa.

Aside from the above two common names, it also goes by:

  • Rattail Crassula
  • Lizard’s tail succulent
  • Crassula princess pine
  • Clubmoss Crassula

Growing Conditions and Care

Being a succulent, you can guess the kind of conditions the watch chain will thrive in. They aren’t exactly conditions that will require your attentiveness.

Just a bit of attention, and you’ll have an amazing plant letting out lots of stems. Here are some pointers for you.

1. Cold hardiness

The bad news is that Cmuscosa isn’t a fan of extremely low temperatures. Leave it out during winter, and all you’ll have are tales of a zippy plant you had.

But that doesn’t mean you don’t have a chance of growing it outside. Well, that’s if your USDA hardiness zone falls between 9a and 10b – average minimum winter readings of 200 F (-6.70 C). If the minimum temperature in your area is below this, you can still set it up in a container and have it indoors during the cold season.

Check out “How to Care for Succulents in the Winter” to see more tips on taking care of your succulent during the cold season.

2. Watering requirements

Like most succulents, if you want a healthy watch chain plant, going easy on watering is a must. You know the drill when it comes to succulents, right?

Always let the soil completely dry out before you water again. This mimics the water availability in the natural habitat – occasional heavy downpours. The plant is adapted to this, so it will keep beaming with life.

You’ll find that you have to increase the watering frequency in summer if you’re raising this succulent outdoors.

Make sure to not underwater your succulent and check out “Dangers of an Underwatered Succulent” for more on leaving your succulent too dry.

3. Soil

We should mention: the zipper plant grows in rocky quartz fields that hold water only for a short period. They’re well-draining, that is.

So as the watering, make sure that whatever soil/medium you put your plant in is in line with this property of the natural habitat. And that means regular potting soil doesn’t cut it.

To be safe, use a cactus/succulent mix. Alternatively, you can enhance the drainage of regular potting soil by adding sand and perlite/pumice.

Well-draining soils complement the once-in-a-while watering routine. This way, the plant isn’t held in soggy soils for prolonged periods. The rot has no chance in such a case.

Try this succulent mix for your plants!

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4. Lighting

Full to partial sun is perfect for this cutie. How you meet this demand depends on whether you’re growing your plant indoors or outdoors.

Indoors, be sure to have the plant near the brightest window. On the other hand, if your baby is outdoors, have it in a spot that receives six hours of sunlight.

As much as the watch chain loves sunlight, things can get out of hand when exposed to the afternoon summer rays. They’re too intense and are sure to burn your plant. So keep this in mind if you decide to nurture this succulent outside.

Be sure to check out other succulents that like little to no light in “7 Best Succulents for Low Light Environments“.

5. Propagation

Crassula muscosa is pretty easy to propagate. Having such a heavy branching tendency, you’ll need to cut off a few of them (or many as you please).

Like the parent plant, you should plant the cuttings in a well-draining soil mix. Place the resultant set up in a bright location and water as soon as the soil has dried out. The watering shouldn’t start immediately, though. Let the cuttings be for a day or two.

Need more tips to propagate your succulents? Check out “5 Tips for Propagating Succulents” for our full guide.

6. Repotting

You may have to repot your succulent after some time, especially with its typical dense branching. Here are a few points to note when carrying out this process:

  • Don’t try to repot when the medium is still wet. Let it dry out completely.
  • Make it all fresh. Ensure you rid the roots of any previous soil.
  • See any sickly or damaged roots? Cut them off.

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Watch Chain Succulent (Crassula muscosa)
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Check out related articles to keep your succulent knowledge growing like “14 Sedum Succulents You Need In Your Garden” or even “5 Safest Fertilizers For Your Succulents“.

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5 Safest Fertilizers For Succulents/Organic Fertilizes Reviews

So, you’ve been bitten by the succulent bug, and now you have one or five of your own. It might have been the unique shape that attracted you to it or the fact that these no-mess-no-fuss plants are great for those trying out their green thumbs. Either way, you are ready to watch your succulent growth.

We understand that succulents will thrive with the right amount of sunlight, water, air, and well-draining soil. However, occasionally, during horticulturist gatherings, you may stumble upon talk of fertilizer. Word on the succulent grapevine is that these chubby plants may or may not require some fertilizer, which leaves you confused as to whether they need it or not.

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5 Safest Fertilizers For Your Succulents
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What is Plant Fertilizer?

Fertilizer is the confidence boost that your succulent needs to assure the plant that it is in a safe place to grow. Fertilizers for succulents provides nutritional support for your succulent, helping it grow the perfect forms, fully bloom, and even better respond to environmental stresses.

Do Succulents Need Fertilizer? 

It is not a rule set in stone, but every so often, it is advisable to fertilize your succulent. Depending on the type of fertilizer you have, you could either must mix it into the soil, place it on top of the soil, or have it in liquid form to water your plant.

A balanced blend of fertilizer should have nitrogen to promote overall growth (grow to larger fuller leaves and bright colors), potassium to encourage flowering and fruit production and phosphorous to stimulate better disease resistance.

The right time to fertilize your succulents would be in late summer or early fall when it’s period to grow starts.

Make sure you also check out our guide “7 Succulent Care Tips” for more tips on caring for your succulent.

Too Much or Too Little?

Deciding to give your succulent fertilizer should not be a difficult one. It is not about how often or how much fertilizer you give your plant, but more about doing it the right way.

Considering that succulents tend to hold on to a reasonable amount of dissolved nutrients, overfertilization can be a danger. The nutrients boost might cause the plant to grow too quickly, leading to stringy succulents with weak stems. Under-fertilization will leave your succulent vulnerable to nutrition deficiencies, meaning it may not develop or even produce flowers.

Identifying and being familiar with your succulent will help you decide the right amount of fertilizer it may need. Every succulent is different. What may be suitable for the Agave may not necessarily be good for the Echeveria.

Chemical Fertilizers and Succulents – Good or Bad?

Chemical fertilizers are also known as artificial or synthetic fertilizers and are made from unnatural elements and procedures. These fertilizers feed the plant directly with high concentrations of supplements and provide rapid nutrition for the plant. Because of this, chemical fertilizers can easily shock or overwhelm your succulent. They may burn the roots of the plant and can cause misshapen or scarred leaves.

Diluting the chemical fertilizers is important before giving succulents. The dilution ratio will differ depending on the size of the plant and type of succulent, which makes using chemical fertilizers a little tricky. Most growers will agree that chemical fertilizers are often too harsh and too fast-acting for succulents.

5 Safest Fertilizers For Your Succulents
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Organic fertilizers – Your safest bet for succulents

1. Compost manure – As natural as mother nature gets

If you live on or near a farm and you have outdoor succulents, well-composted manure from grazing animals like cows, sheep, and chickens has been recognized as priceless, because it provides an array of minerals and nutrients that are critical to the health of your plant. We emphasize outdoor succulents because the nutrients come a rather strong scent that may not be very pleasant indoors.

Compost manure revitalizes the soil, increases soil aeration, and releases the carbon content making it easier for the plant to absorb nutrients.

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2. Worm castings – wiggly worms that feed plants and keep off pests

The worm castings are technically worm manure – the waste products of earthworms. Worm castings are rich in humus, which improves soil aeration, and they also can balance out high or low pH levels in the soil.

Worm castings are rich with over 60 micro-nutrients that are essential for healthy succulents. In addition to nitrogen, phosphate, and potash, worm castings are abundant in magnesium, calcium, carbon, potassium, iron, zinc, and copper. They also remedy heavy metals in soils, preventing your succulent from absorbing toxic amounts of these compounds.

A great advantage of using worm castings to fertilize your succulents is they are rich in enzyme chitinase. Chitinase breaks down chitin in an insect’s exoskeleton. When the chitinase is absorption happens in the succulents roots, distribution follows to the leaves and other sections of the plant. Mealybugs, aphids, and whiteflies can sense the chitinase in your succulent and will avoid feeding on your plant. Pests will walk away from their death!

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3. Teabags – Succulents can have a cup of tea! 

When looking for organic manure but without the hassle of cow dung or rotting vegetables from a garden compost, look no further than the Authentic Haven Brand Manure Tea. The Authentic Haven Brand owners have created little manure tea bags that you can soak in water and feed your plants with.

The manure comes from organically raised cows that have been pasture-fed with no antibiotics or hormones and are packed in 100% biodegradable cotton bags. A tea bag should be soaked in about 5 gallons of water for 24 – 36 hours until the liquid turns a golden-brown color. This water can replace tap water when your succulent is dry and needs a drink.

The Authentic Haven Brand Manure Teabags can confidently take on two 36-hour soaks each and are available in a packet of three for $12.95 on their website.

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4. Spray it with Hello Succulents

When looking for the benefits and nutrients of organic fertilizer without the work of composting or preparing tea, you should invest in a bottle of Succulent Super Food from Hello Succulents.

This easy to use spray bottle contains liquid fertilizer made from all-natural worm casting tea and works well on both indoor and outdoor succulents. You can spray it straight on the soil around your succulents or directly onto the leaves to dissuade white flies or mealy bugs. It retails on Amazon for $24. 99. 

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5. Slow-release fertilizer for outdoor succulents

The Grow Better Organic Cactus and Succulent Fertilizer have been acclaimed for being the ultimate fertilizer for outdoor succulents. This organic, slow-release fertilizer is made from composted chicken manure and can be pre-mixed into potting soil when planting or as a top dress. The plant should be watered after the fertilizer has been applied for the granules to dissolve.

This low odor fertilizer slowly releases the micro-nutrients into the soil, with each application lasting for up to two months. The GrowBetter Organic Cactus and fertilizers for succulents are nutritious for both ornamental and edible succulents and cacti.

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Thank you for reading with us today on the safest fertilizers for succulents. Be sure to check out similar content to keep your succulent knowledge growing like “Why Are My Succulent Leaves Falling Off?” or even “7 Mini Garden Hand Tools For Your Succulents“.

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