Crassula rogersii is a good looking small succulent bush from crassula (jade plant) family and also known as globulea rogersii.
Globule rogersii is a bushy type succulent that grows up to 12 inches (30cm) tall and equally wide.
The club-shaped fleshy and fluffy leaves of this plant divided into branches with red stems.
The leaves are covered with plenty of white hairs, which gives a velvety texture and felt softness when you touch the leaves.
The leaves remain green if you are growing it in a shade or indoor but when it gets plenty of light, the edges of leaves become red.
A cluster of yellow and white star-shaped flowers may be seen at the top of stems in spring.
It has the ability to survive in worst conditions like deserted area rocky places etc.
This is drought tolerant succulent, easy to grow, easy to care, and also a great addition to your garden.
Hardiness Zone: USDA zone 9b 25oF (-3oC) to 10b 50oF (+10oC). Origin: this succulent is native from south Africa mainly found in province eastern cape.
Where to plant
Like all succulents, this plant is not cold hardy it can’t bear the temperature below 25oF (-3.2oC).
Also, it can’t bear the intense sun rays and high temperature because It can burn the leaves of this succulent.
If you are living at a place where both winter and summer are mild, then you can plant it outdoor otherwise you can plant it indoor.
How to achieve the red tipping leaves of crassula rogersii
you can achieve the red edging leaves of this plant by prolonging the exposure of light.
If your plant gets shade or indoor light the expose it to direct sunlight in the morning, make sure to expose it slowly.
Prolong the exposure slowly otherwise it will burn the leaves of your succulent.
For example, the first day expose it for 1.3 hours and increase it up to 6 hours with respect to time.
Don’t expose it to the harsh sun rays, expose it when you fell sun rays are mild.
After a certain period your plant will achieve red tipping leaves.
how to Care crassula rogersii
To grow and maintain your rogersii you have to keep the focus on these things
how to Water crassula rogersii
Like all succulent plants, this plant needs a small amount of water after a week or 10 days depending on the climate and season.
In winter it maybe needs less water as compared to summers like we all humans drink less water in winter as compared to summer.
The most crucial part of the watering process is.
How can we identify that our crassula rogersii needs watering?
I personally use a 2-inch finger rule to identify the watering needs of my succulents.
Simply I make a 2-inch hole in the soil with my finger and observe the moisture of the soil.
If I found some moisture in the soil, then I leave it for some days without water until the soil becomes de-moisturize.
Constantly wet soil will lead to root rot.
Here is the step by step guide to water your crassula rogersiiSTEP 1: Choose a well-drained potting mix and a pot or container with a drainage hole at the bottom.
Without these two things it is nearly impossible to grow your plant. STEP 2: pour water into the soil of crassula rogersii, don’t water the leaves because it could attract several diseases and mealy bugs. STEP 3: water it for 2-3 times until the soil becomes a little bit wet, make sure the whole water drain out from the bottom hole of the pot.
Lighting requirements of Crassula rogersii
An adequate amount of lighting is very necessary for crassula rogersii in order to make it happy and healthy.
Lighting is the main source to grow all the succulents not only crassula rogersii.
It needs lighting either indoor (filtered light) or outdoor (direct sunlight).
This succulent is not only cold hardy it also can’t bear the harsh sun rays.
If you are living at a place where afternoon sun becomes too harsh then you have to keep growing it indoor.
Harsh sun rays can burn out the leaves of this succulent and we can’t treat that leaves, the only way is to cut down that leaves and wait for new leaves.
Fortunately, if you are living at a place where sun radiations are mild in all season then you can grow it outdoor.
NOTE: before planting it outdoor make sure to measure the sun radiations at the day time and temperature at night time because it can’t bear the temperature below 25oF.
Indirect sunlight (filtered Sunlight)
It can grow indoor with a little bit of effort, just you have to plant it in a pot and select an area where an adequate amount of lighting falls and place that pot.
Generally, a balcony or window where the light falls is the best place for this succulent.
you can filter the outdoor light with shades or greenhouses.
Soil plays a vital role to grow your crassula rogersii it is very important to select perfect soil for your plant.
Good quality soil can make your plant happy and healthy for a long time whereas bad quality soil will destroy your succulent within weeks.
Select a well-drained potting mix with very less moisture content.
Well-drained potting mix will drain out the water completely from the bottom of the container or pot that will save your crassula rogersii from root rot.
Container or pot
- There are plenty of pots available in the market with different sizes and designs but you have to select a pot with a proper drainage hole at the bottom.
- Also, select a pot according to the roots of your plant.
Like all crassula family (jade plant) this plant doesn’t require any feeding.
However, you can use fertilizer in summers in order to accelerate the growth of your plant but it needs some attention.
Overfertilization can affect your crassula rogersii negatively, make sure to use the proper dosage.
Make a dilute solution of fertilizer with water and release it slowly in the soil of your succulent.
You can feed your plant weekly or monthly basis depending on the concentration of fertilizer and water.
repotting also plays a vital role in growing your plant, make sure to repot your plant in warmer seasons when its soil becomes too dry.
Here is the step by step guide to repotting your crassula rogersiiSTEP 1: Remove the plant from old soil gently make sure to remove it safely without damaging the roots. STEP 2: remove all the oil soil from the roots of crassula rogersii by shaking it. STEP 3: Remove all dead roots with a knife or hand. STEP 4: treat all the cuts and brown spots with any fungicide. STEP 5: place the plant in a new pot and fill it with the fresh potting mix. STEP 6: Don’t water it for one-week, after one-week start watering safely.
Why we should repot our plant?
Propagation of Crassula Rogersii (globulea rogersii)
This succulent can be easily propagating from both stems and leaves.
Propagation from leaf
STEP 1: select a healthy leaf and remove it with a knife, a pair of scissors, or hands make sure to remove all the leaf from the stem otherwise it may not grow. STEP 2: leave that leaf for 2-3 three days at a dry and bright place. STEP 3: place it on the surface of a well-drained potting mix and spray a little bit of water. STEP 4: plant it in the soil when it forms root.
Propagation from stem
STEP 1: select a stem and remove It with a knife or a pair of scissors. STEP 2: leave it for 2-3 days at a bright and dry place. STEP 3: place it on the soil and spray a little amount of water until it
Why we should propagate crassula rogersii?
Propagation not only increase the plants in your garden but also it
can improve the size and health of your plant.
It is the best idea to propagate your plant once you feel that your plant
Mealybugs and diseases
Like all succulents, this plant is defensive less against the mealybug, large insects, and fungal diseases.
Place your succulent at a safe place where mealybugs could not reach otherwise it can destroy your plant.
Most of the succulent lovers use plenty of sprays to protect their succulent from mealy bugs.
Mealybugs are not only a cause of diseases overwatering also leads to attracting several diseases mainly root rot.
How to recover your crassula rogersii after mealybugs attack?
- Once you found that mealybugs attack your plant, immediately move your plant to another area.
- Your second step is to spray your plant with a spray that contains 70% isopropyl alcohol or you can use a neem oil spray.
- After spray leaves it for some time and washes it with water.
- Repeat these steps 2-3 days.
Like all succulent, it has also the ability to enhance the beauty of your garden.
Also, you can place it indoor for better air circulation in the entire house.
The fluffy and hairy leaves of this plant are an attention seeker.
Moreover, it enhances further its beauty when it achieves the red tipping leaves like crassula capitella.
Though this succulent is very susceptible to some challenges like cold nights, mealybugs, and harsh sun radiations still you can grow it with a little bit of effort.
Just you need to pay a little bit of attention to make this succulent happy and healthy.
check out our detailed guide about jade plant