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Palmdale, California
Jazzieplants
Sep 20, 2017 1:31 AM CST
I would like to know if I can transplant my Campfire Crassula in a Orchid pot that has holes all around the sides. I would be using course Orchid planting mix. I have planted other plants this way and was wondering if it would be a good fit since the Crassula does not like to be over watered. I have included a picture of the type of pot I would be using.
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Sep 20, 2017 9:23 AM CST
You can put the plant there. With a coarse orchid mix and holes everywhere around the pot, you will have to water more often compared to regular soil and a regular pot. As long as you compensate for that, all should be well. Is the saucer stuck on the bottom? Be sure to pour out any water that does pool there so the pot is not sitting in standing water.

Overwatering is a function of the soil being too wet when you do water, which has to do with how long you wait after watering to do it again. If this is something you want to avoid (in general) try to get a sense of how wet the soil is (stick your finger or a moisture meter in there) over time and then water when the soil is going dry. One thing which really helps is lots of light, which both indirectly and directly promotes the drying out of the soil.
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Palmdale, California
Jazzieplants
Sep 21, 2017 1:05 PM CST
Thank you, Baja for your help. Yes, the saucer is stuck on the bottom, I will make sure to pour out any standing water.
Thank You!
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Sep 21, 2017 1:20 PM CST
Sounds good. Not sure if you are aware, but Campfire tuns lovely reddish colors in the sun (outside). Thus the name.

Be real careful if you do move your plant outside, as unfiltered direct sun is usually very hard on succulents that haven't had a few weeks of gradual accommodation to get stronger, starting in bright shade and gradually ramping up from there.

Also be aware that the flowers, while most excellent, also tend to be bug magnets, and not in a good way. Smiling
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Palmdale, California
Jazzieplants
Sep 26, 2017 1:45 AM CST
Oh no, not bug magnets! Should I have to worry about the bugs if I leave it inside? Right now I have the plant in my kitchen window that faces west. The window gets pretty good light, but not full sun as my covered patio blocked some of the sun. I have noticed that the leaves do have some red on them, not sure if they will turn completely red due to the patio, but I hope so.
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Native Plants and Wildflowers Garden Photography Region: Mexico Plant Identifier Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator
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Baja_Costero
Sep 26, 2017 8:12 AM CST
The bugs will not come until the plant flowers. Just keep an eye on it, you should be okay inside.

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