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Crassula Argentea Crosbys Compacta

Crassula Argentea Crosbys Compacta

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Crassula argentea 'Crosby's Compacta': A Petite and Stunning Succulent

Crassula argentea 'Crosby's Compacta' is a charming cultivar of the well-known Jade Plant (Crassula argentea). This succulent, with its miniature and compact growth habit, is a favorite among plant enthusiasts for its unique appearance and easy care requirements. In this article, we'll explore the characteristics, care tips, and propagation methods for Crassula argentea 'Crosby's Compacta'.



  • Crosby's Compacta' is distinguished by its tight, compact growth, making it ideal for small spaces or as part of succulent arrangements.
  • The leaves are fleshy, spoon-shaped, and densely packed along the stems. They have a rich green color with a hint of red along the edges when exposed to sufficient sunlight.


  • This cultivar typically grows up to 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) tall, forming a dense, bushy plant.


  • Like its parent species, 'Crosby's Compacta' may produce clusters of small, star-shaped white or pink flowers in late winter or early spring under the right conditions.

Care Tips


  • Place in bright indirect light for best growth. It can tolerate some direct sunlight, especially morning sun, but avoid intense afternoon sun, which can scorch the leaves.


  • Keep in average room temperatures, between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Protect from drafts and sudden temperature drops.


  • Allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Water thoroughly, then let excess water drain away. In winter, reduce watering frequency.


  • Use a well-draining succulent or cactus potting mix to prevent waterlogged roots.


  • Feed sparingly during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, diluted fertilizer formulated for succulents.


  • 'Crosby's Compacta' is naturally compact and requires minimal pruning. Trim leggy or damaged growth as needed.

Pests and Diseases:

  • Watch out for common succulent pests like aphids or mealybugs. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.


Leaf Cuttings:

  • Take a healthy leaf and let it callus over for a few days.
  • Plant the leaf in a succulent or cactus mix, keep the soil lightly moist, and roots should form within a few weeks.

Stem Cuttings:

  • Snip a stem just below a leaf node.
  • Allow the cutting to dry and callus for a few days.
  • Plant the cutting in a well-draining mix and keep lightly moist until roots develop.

Final Thoughts

Crassula argentea 'Crosby's Compacta' is an excellent choice for both beginners and experienced growers looking to add a touch of greenery to their indoor spaces. With its compact size and attractive appearance, this petite succulent brings a sense of tranquility and beauty to any environment. By following basic care guidelines and enjoying its slow, steady growth, you can cultivate a thriving 'Crosby's Compacta' that will delight you for years to come.

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