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Faridat
Jan 3, 2018 2:01 AM CST
Hi all and have a happy 2018!
I have a small crassula muscosa in a pot. Does this particular succulent want different things than other crassulas? (Sunlight, watering?). When I put it in sunlight, the edges get dry. I wonder if it's the sun that it doesn't like or my watering. Does this like to be kept on the dry side or not>
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DaisyI
Jan 3, 2018 5:49 PM CST
I've never noticed that Crassula muscosa needs different care but I don't have any of my Crassula in full sun either. Did you acclimate it to your sunny position? Slowly transition from shade to sun, it may take a couple weeks. Move it steadily towards the light, bit by bit: Shady, light shade, dappled shade, morning sun .... sun.
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purpleinopp
Jan 4, 2018 11:36 AM CST
Are you able to add a pic?
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Faridat
Jan 5, 2018 12:51 AM CST
I will add a photo later, so you can see. Thank you @Daisyl, that may be the case, it may even be a reaction to different levels of light, don't know yet. I was just wondering, it kind of responds differently than other succulents I already have. I may have to try adjustments as you said.
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Faridat
Jan 5, 2018 5:34 AM CST
@purpleinopp, here it is Tiffany. The second one shows the problem.

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I left it like that so to photograph, but I am going to clean the dried out parts from the middle now. What does this look like?

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DaisyI
Jan 5, 2018 12:06 PM CST
Faridat said:it may even be a reaction to different levels of light


Exactly. Your plant is not getting enough. When you move it suddenly to a sunnier location, it sunburns. Look at these photos for comparison:

Watch Chain Plant (Crassula muscosa)

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purpleinopp
Jan 5, 2018 2:00 PM CST
Agree. Is there some (spider mite) webbing? My old eyes just couldn't focus on details in the pic, though it does give a much better idea of what you are seeing.
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Faridat
Jan 5, 2018 2:48 PM CST
I put it in quarantine Tiffany, let us hope that it is not spider mites! I think you are right and there is a tiny spider web in there. I sprayed with some water, I will examine it closer in the morning light. Thank you both!
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Faridat
Jan 25, 2018 5:04 AM CST
Unfortunately, this kept going down and had to dispose of it in fear of whatever was plaguing it (possibly spider mites that had already from the nursery), spreading to all my other plants. I will get another one soon.
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Frenchy21
Jan 25, 2018 12:48 PM CST
Good idea @Faridat. Better to be safe than have whatever it is spreading to your other plants. Sorry you had to 'put it down'. Sad
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Faridat
Jan 25, 2018 3:09 PM CST
I tried and tried Frenchy, I sprayed it with the mix water/alcohol and soap, but it kept worsening and more stems were afflicted each day. Spider mites are dangerous.
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plantmanager
Jan 25, 2018 3:10 PM CST
I've had a hard time getting rid of spider mites, too. I've tossed quite a few badly infested plants.
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Frenchy21
Jan 25, 2018 3:23 PM CST
I have tossed a few also and will probably do so again. Whistling
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purpleinopp
Jan 26, 2018 2:38 PM CST
SM's haven't been that powerful on my plants that have gotten them if even a half-hearted effort is made to keep them @ bay, IME with them. Like rinsing foliage a couple times a month, maybe spritzing with alcohol a few times, and (not appropriate for C. muscosa but works well on large, flat leaves) wiping with cotton ball damp with rubbing alcohol. I'm not good @ thoroughly doing or repeating these things at all, so if my lazy, sporadic, un-thorough efforts have worked in the past, that is why I suspect it may have been something else along with SM's.

Usually it's leafy tropicals that they like here. But agree, if they are not battled, they can kill plants. By the time that happens, from what I've seen before I knew what to try against them, the plant is covered in webbing. Seeing fine details is not my fortรฉ but from what I could see, the webbing was confined to a small area. Trimming off affected stems can be an option for plants that seem to have some pests in just one area. This technique seems to be one I usually use for aphids though, not SM's.

It's not possible to always keep every plant alive if you have a big crew, don't take it too hard. ;) When I've failed 3x with one, I start considering that I should stop trying... usually. LOL!
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tarev
Feb 1, 2018 10:56 AM CST
Hello Faridat, I grow my Crassula muscosa outdoors, and have learned now that due to the extreme dryness and heat here during the long warm months, it will want to be sprayed with water to cool down. It perks up nicely again when the cool season is ushered in late Fall. During winter, as typical of my Crassulas, they enjoy it here, cool temps and occasional rain. So I make sure the media is very well draining and gritty. So far this year winter temps did not go to the low 20F's so it has been a good winter for my Crassulas.

I remember reading your area and mine have somewhat similar Mediterranean weather pattern, so if you can, try to position your plant outside to allow it to feel the cool air, but do it gradually so it won't burn. My low temperature threshold for the Crassulas is at 32F, and ideally kept dry when it is getting too cold.

Your plant looks good to me, just needs to feel some cool air and get some more bright light.
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Faridat
Feb 1, 2018 1:23 PM CST
Thank you very much for the growing information @tarev! That should come handy with mine, as you said you have almost the same climate conditions! Smiling
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