Adromischus cristatus aka Crinkle-Leaf Plant is a perfect plant for newbies to start their succulent journey. Also, this cutie will add a very needed pinch of green to any office or home decoration. With its cute shape, Crinkle-Leaf Plant pairs perfectly with fun and colorful containers and pots. You can display them beside the window or on the porch and make some outstanding arrangements.
Crinkle-Leaf Plant– That Funny Cousin Everybody Love To See
Adromischus cristatus aka Crinkle-Leaf Plant is quite popular among the succulent lovers due to its adorable shape and tiny size. This is a slow-growing succulent with branching stems getting up to 2 inches (5 cm) long. Stems carry triangle-shaped, thick leaves in pale-green color with crinkle tips. Leaves are covered in tiny, soft white hairs and can grow up to 2 inches (5 cm) long and 1 inch (1.5 cm) wide.
Crinkle-Leaf Plant blooms in the spring with small, tubular, reddish-white flowers with green tips. Flowers appear on an 8 inches (20 cm) long stem. This succulent is native to the eastern Cape Province of South Africa. However, it’s pretty commonly found in the nurseries. Crinkle-Leaf Plant will make you smile for years with proper care. The only thing you need to be careful about is not to let your kids or pets come near it. This succulent is shown to be toxic to animals and humans with low immunity.
Grow and Care Tips
Crinkle-Leaf Plant has somewhat typical succulent needs. It will thrive in well-draining soil. For the best result, you can plant it in a classic cactus soil mix with some extra pumice or a little bit of sand. The compact size of this succulent will allow you to grow it in a tight space. It will also withstand some crowd, as long as it gets good drainage. Since it`s a slow-growing plant, Crinkle-Leaf Plant won’t require yearly repoting.
Crinkle-Leaf Plant requires even less water than we usually expect from a succulent. You should water it from spring to fall and allow the soil to dry out completely between watering. During the winter months, you should cut the water almost completely. If you want to help Crinkle-Leaf Plant to thrive even more, add some mild fertilizer during watering months.
Crinkle-Leaf Plant is a typical house plant. It’s not that cold hardy, so you can plant it outdoors only if the temperatures in your area don’t get below 20° F (-6.7° C). On the other hand, it will love room temperatures. Just make sure that the room or the office has good airflow. Crinkle-Leaf Plant needs to be in bright sunlight for at least 6 hours during the day. However, avoid putting it in direct light, since it can get sunburns. Some partial shade is recommended.
Adromischus cristatus aka Crinkle-Leaf Plant can be easily propagated from the leaves. Also, you can choose to propagate from the seeds, but be ready to wait and in some cases, fail.
When propagating from the leaves, gently twist the leaf off the stem. Make sure you get a “clean pull”, with no left parts of the leaf on the stem. Also, you can use the leaves the plant will drop from time to time. Just make sure they are callused enough before planting them in well-draining soil.
Propagating from the seeds may be hard since Crinkle-Leaf Plant really takes its time growing. You`ll also need temperatures to be higher, so it’s smart to add some growing lights and a seed warmer to the process. Sow seeds in well-draining soil and water them whenever the soil is dried out. Germination will take up to several weeks or even longer, so be patient and keep the environment ideal for the seeds to start growing.