Crassula 'Buddha's Temple'
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Crassula 'Buddha's Temple'
This hybrid is a cross between Crassula pyramidalis and Crassula perfoliata var. minor (formerly known as Crassula falcata) created by Myron Kimnach in 1959.
Crassula 'Buddha's Temple' is an eye-catching succulent with leaves densely stacked and folded up at the edges, forming a usually square-shaped column. Because one of the parents, Crassula pyramidalis, is a variable species, there are also 5- or 6-angled forms of this hybrid. The columns grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) wide, producing branches from the sides. Leaves are flat, heart-shaped, silvery-grey to grayish-green, and covered with a powdery coating. Flowers are pink to nearly white and appear in compact rounded clusters, usually in spring and summer.
How to Grow and Care for Crassula 'Buddha's Temple'
Light: Crassula plants prefer full sun to partial shade. However, intense afternoon sun in the hottest period of summer can burn the leaves of the plants. Most Crassulas can be grown indoors if given enough light.
Soil: They are not particular about soil pH, but Crassulas require very porous soil with excellent drainage.
Hardiness: Crassula 'Buddha's Temple' can withstand temperatures as low as 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.
Watering: These plants have typical watering needs for succulents. Avoid overwatering by using the "soak and dry" method, where the soil is soaked with water, slowly drained, and left to dry out before watering again. Reduce watering in winter.
Fertilizing: Crassulas will benefit from a small amount of organic fertilizer in mid-spring when they start actively growing.
Repotting: Repot as needed, preferably in spring, at the beginning of a period of active growth.
Propagation: Crassulas are generally started by leaves or stem cuttings. They can also be grown from seeds and offsets.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Crassula.
Toxicity of Crassula 'Buddha's Temple'
Crassula plants are generally nontoxic to people and pets.
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- Position: bright, direct light
- Soil: freely draining potting compost
- Rate of growth: slow
- Hardiness: tender (indoors only)
- Current height: approximately 11cm (including pot)
- Pot cover: includes a 7cm pot cover
The grey-green, scale-like leaves of this unusual succulent are tightly packed - one on top of the other - and gently curled at their tips. As the plant grows, quite distinctive square-shaped columns are formed, which become branching as the plant matures.
Please note that the pot in the photograph is not supplied with the plant (which is sent out in a simple nursery pot). They do however make excellent potted plants, and if you wish to pot yours up, we do have a wide range of pots on our website to choose from.