Succulent of the month: Crassula ovata ‘Hobbit’

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How to grow Tolerant of neglect, it will cope with full sun or semi-shade (at least four hours of sunlight). Indoors it can be grown on or near a sunny windowsill. With less sun, the red tips of the leaves may revert to green. In the garden, it does best in well-drained soil and should not be overwatered as the roots may rot. Indoors, put the plant in the sink, water well and allow it to drain completely (it must almost dry out before watering again). Reduce watering in winter. This plant is not frost-tolerant.

Garden uses Being a slow grower with a tree-like habit, it can be trained as a bonsai or grown in a terrarium. As a garden plant it can be combined with other succulents as a groundcover or small shrub. It may produce small, star-shaped flowers in autumn or early winter.

Different types It is similar to the variety Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ in looks and growth habit, but ‘Gollum’ has more pronounced tubular leaves.

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