Botanical name: Crassula sarmentosa 'Variegata'
Synonym: Crassula sarmentosa 'Comet' Family: Crassulaceae
Common names: Variegated Showy Trailing Jade
Crassula sarmentosa Variegata commonly called Variegated Showy Trailing Jade is a much-branched succulent plant with trailing stems and mid-green leaves with golden yellow serrated edges.
Variegated Showy Trailing Jade leaves are elliptic to lance-shaped. In bright light, the leaves are a brighter green with red highlights along the margins.
Crassula sarmentosa Variegata stems are reddish-pink to green mottled with white and are about 3.3 ft long. These features make this plant ideal for a hanging basket or a pedestal where the plant can display its beauty.
Variegated Showy Trailing Jade blooms in summer although it is unlikely to flower when grown indoors. The flowers are small, star-shaped, white or cream-colored and occur in terminal clusters.
Crassula sarmentosa Variegata is a cultivar of Crassula sarmentosa which is native to South Africa along the eastern coastal belt where it is found growing in the semi-arid scrub and grasslands, on rocks or in ravines.
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Variegated Showy Trailing Jade (Crassula sarmentosa Variegata) thrives in bright light with direct sunlight of at least 4-6 hours, average warmth and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soil coupled with monthly feeding during the growing season.
Crassula sarmentosa Variegata has no need for high humidity. Repotting is only needed when it is pot-bound. Pruning is necessary to keep the plant neat, to reduce pest and disease infestations and to rejuvenate growth. Keep reading for more on these growing conditions and how to provide them.
Variegated Showy Trailing Jade requires bright light with at least 4-6 hours of morning or late afternoon sunlight. Keep it away from too hot direct sunshine to avoid scorching the leaves.
You can grow the Crassula sarmentosa Variegata outdoors, however, gradually acclimate it and place it in a shaded place to prevent scorching of the leaves.
Regularly rotate the pot to ensure that the plant receives light on all sides for uniform growth and to prevent lopsided growth.
If the light is not sufficient, the plant will become leggy with elongated stems, wide spaces between the leaf nodes and small pale leaves.
Crassula sarmentosa Variegata can also be grown under a grow light where the natural lighting is not adequate.
Water Variegated Showy Trailing Jade deeply during the growing season and allow the soil to dry out between waterings to prevent rotting.
Decrease watering in the cold period as growth is reduced and keep the soil barely moist but do not let it dry out completely.
Use water that is at room temperature to water the plant to avoid shocking it as it can cause sudden leaf drop.
Make sure that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to prevent the Crassula sarmentosa Variegata from sitting in soggy soil which can lead to rotting and death of the plant.
Be careful not to wet the foliage to avoid fungal diseases or water from the bottom instead.
Variegated Showy Trailing Jade prefers an average warmth between 15-260C during the growing season and a minimum of 100C in the cold season. Keep it away from frost and cold drafts like windy doors and windows as they can cause brown leaf spots.
Variegated Showy Trailing Jade has no need for extra humidity. Average room humidity is ideal for this plant. Clean the leaves regularly by damp-wiping with a soft cloth to get rid of dust and discourage pest infestations.
Make sure that there is good air circulation for the Crassula sarmentosa Variegata to prevent fungal disease infestations which are prevalent in damp, poorly aerated conditions.
Variegated Showy Trailing Jade is not a heavy feeder, therefore, feed it monthly during the growing season with a Cactus and Succulents Fertilizer for a lush growth.
Stop feeding in the cold season as growth is reduced at this time and feeding at this time can cause fertilizer burn and death of the plant.
Repot Variegated Showy Trailing Jade at the beginning of the growing season only when it becomes pot-bound. Use a pot that is 1 size larger than the current one to avoid overpotting.
Confirm that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy to avoid root-rot and eventual loss of the plant.
Use a clay pot as it is porous and allows the soil to dry out faster preventing it from staying wet for too long.
Before repotting, ensure that the soil is dry. Slip the Crassula sarmentosa Variegata out of its pot and brush off soil from the roots. Snip off any dead or dry roots and treat the wounds with a fungicidal solution.
Place the plant in its new pot and back fill with fresh, loose, free-draining soil while spreading the roots as you fill the pot.
Do not fill the pot to the brim but leave about 1 in. unfilled to allow for watering space.
Replace the plant in its display position and keep it dry for about 5-7 days to minimize the risk of rot-root.
The best soil for Variegated Showy Trailing Jade should be loose, rich in organic matter and well-drained to prevent it from getting soggy. The soil should be loose enough to allow water to drain out easily.
Cactus and Succulents soils like these Cactus and Succulents Mixes available online at Etsy are ideal for the Crassula sarmentosa Variegata.
Pruning Variegated Showy Trailing Jade is easy as it involves removal of any dead or diseased leaves to keep it neat and also discourage pest and disease infestations. Snip the leaves at the base with a sterilized knife or pair of scissors to prevent diseases transmission.
Cut back the plant at the beginning of the growing season if it is too straggly to rejuvenate growth. Minimize the number of cuts as much as possible to avoid unnecessary injuiries to reduce disease infestations.
Variegated Showy Trailing Jade (Crassula sarmentosa Variegata) can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from offsets, leaf cuttings or stem cuttings.
Carefully seperate the offset from the mother Variegated Showy Trailing Jade by cutting with a clean, sharp knife while ensuring that the offset has adequate roots.
Pot the offset in its individual pot in moist, loose, free-draining soil and place in a warm, well-lit place away from direct sunlight.
Maintain the soil slightly moist through out until the new Crassula sarmentosa Variegata is well established after which you can begin routine care.
Take Variegated Showy Trailing Jade leaf cuttings complete with the petiole. Allow the leaf cutting to dry out (callus) for a few days to prevent rotting.
Once calloussed, lay the leaf cutting on moist, free-draining, rooting mix while ensuring that the cut end does not come into contact with the soil to prevent rotting.
Place the set up in a warm, well-lit place and maintain the soil slightly moist until a new rosette forms at the base of the leaf cuttings. This may take up to 8 weeks.
Allow substancial growth of the rosette before transplanting the new Crassula sarmentosa Variegata into individual pots after which routine care can begin.
Take 3-5 in. stem cuttings from a healthy Variegated Showy Trailing Jade and allow the cutting to dry out (callus) for a few days.
Once callused, insert the lower cut end of the stem cuttings in moist, well-drained, rooting soil.
Place the set up in a well-lit, warm place and maintain the soil moist until the stem cuttings are rooted. Rooting may take about 4 weeks.
Allow substancial growth before transplanting the new Crassula sarmentosa Variegata after which routine care can begin.
Variegated Showy Trailing Jade (Crassula sarmentosa Variegata) problems indoors include leaf drop, leggy growth, leaf spots, pests and diseases among others. Keep reading for more on these problems and how to solve them.
Leggy growth in Variegated Showy Trailing Jade is due to two possible reasons. One possible reason is overwatering or soggy soil in the cold season.
Significantly lessen watering during the cold season to keep the soil barely moist as growth is reduced at this time, therefore, the plant does not need much water.
In addition, make sure that the pot has a drainage hole and that the soil drains easily to prevent it from getting soggy.
The second possible reason for leggy growth in Crassula sarmentosa Variegata is too little light during the growing season.
Position the plant in bright light with at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight during the growing season or instal a grow light if the natural lighting is too little.
Sudden leaf drop in Variegated Showy Trailing Jade is due to two possible causes. One possible cause is watering the plant with very cold water which results in plant shock.
Use water that is at room temperature to water the plant to avoid shocking this tropical plant.
The second possible cause of sudden leaf drop in Crassula sarmentosa Variegata is underwatering which results in too little moisture in the soil.
This means that the plant cannot obtain enough water to take up to the leaves for food making. To save energy needed for the vital functions, the plant drops the leaves.
To prevent leaf drop, water the plant liberally during the growing season and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.
Reduce watering in the cold season to keep the soil barely moist but do not allow the soil to dry out completely for too long.
Brown dry leaf spots in Variegated Showy Trailing Jade are due to keeping the soil dry for too long during the growing season.
Water the Crassula sarmentosa Variegata liberally during the growing season while allowing the to dry out between waterings but do not allow it to be too dry for extended periods.
Brown soft leaf spots in Variegated Showy Trailing Jade are caused by leaf spot disease which is prevalent in poorly aerated, overwet (damp) conditions.
Improve the ventilation and ensure that there is free air circulation at all times. In addition, water the Crassula sarmentosa Variegata from the bottom to avoid wetting the leaves.
Apart from leaf spot disease, Variegated Showy Trailing Jade is also attacked by powdery mildew and black leg disease which are prevalent in overwet conditions coupled with poor air circulation.
Isolate the affected plant to minimize spread to other houseplants and treat it with Neem oil. Improve ventilation and make sure that there is free air circulation for the plant.
Water the Crassula sarmentosa Variegata from the bottom to avoid wetting the rosette of leaves and always allow the top half of soil to dry out between waterings.
Maintain the soil moderately moist during the growing season and barely moist in the cold period.
Do not allow the plant to sit in soggy soil by ensuring that the pot has a drainage hole and that the soil is free-draining to prevent it from getting soggy.
Common pests in Crassula sarmentosa Variegata are scale insects, mealy bugs and spider mites. Isolate the affected plant to reduce spread to other houseplants.
Spray the plant with an Insecticidal soap to get rid of the pests. Make sure to cover the entire plant.
Variegated Showy Trailing Jade (Crassula sarmentosa Variegata) like its cousin, Jade Plant, is considered toxic to both humans and pets as indicated by ASPCA.If ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Keep the plant away from the reach of children and pets.