Under The Sea: Crassula Muscosa In My Succulent Terrarium | The Hypertufa Gardener

Under The Sea: Crassula Muscosa In My Succulent Terrarium

My Crassula Muscosa is so wonderful!

I cannot remember where I got this plant. It may have been in another planter grouped with other succulents and sedum. Or maybe I got it at a fund-raising plant sale here in the neighborhood, but I have fallen in love with this cute little plant. It is also known as watch chain plant. That’s an OK name.  Clubmoss crassula, that one is fine. I can live with Princess Pine. But then rat-tail crassula? Somehow that one just doesn’t grow on me.

I had this plant the past two years in an “Almost Hypertufa” planter with Portulacara afra or Elephant Plant and when I brought it in for the winter of 2014-2015, I let it stay in the same container and it lived/existed all winter in my basement. I spoke about some of my indoor garden here. 

But this winter, I changed up all my containers and have put the succulents, both the uprooted ones and cuttings, into glass containers. I made a whole lot of terrariums which I wrote about here.

Crassula Watch Chain - The Hypertufa Gardener

Now, that’s what I am talking about!  Don’t they look wonderful?  I feel like they are growing well, and since a succulent doesn’t need much water, they are so easy to care for like this.  And this Crassula muscosa or Watch Chain plant seems to resemble coral under the sea, right?  Especially in the bowl in this photo below and at the top of the page. I planted that up for my son to take to his home. Easy for him to take care of, too!

Crassula muscosa watch chain as coral in terrarium - The Hypertufa Gardener
Under the Sea…with Succulents

 

The Crassula muscosa or Crassula lycopodiodes has been an easy one to grow for me. It can be pulled apart and rooted separately, or you can pinch off or trim a cutting and put it in the ground to root like a lot of other succulents. Easy peasy!  Now I have so much of this, I am going to plant it in a lot of hypertufa pots this spring. It must have well-drained soil which makes it perfect for my hypertufa pots and bowls. And in the terrariums, it works out well for me because I can almost ignore them. ( I don’t have these succulents in a covered terrarium, only open bowls and jars and whatever container I could find.

And the weirdest thing, when I brought this plant in and potted it up, all settled and content, the next thing I knew, it BLOOMED! And this was in November. Now that must mean it was happy. The scent was like paperwhites, sort of a scent you think is nice, and then you think it’s not. Overall, the blooming lasted for about a month and these were tiny yellow flowers which covered most of the stems. Here’s a close-up. It is in a bowl with some Donkey Tail.

Blooming Crassula muscosa watch chain - The Hypertufa Gardener

This Crassula muscosa is a small plant

But it can grow up to about 12 inches high and spread about the same. One of the nice people in the garden groups I belong to advised that Watch Chain will tend to get “woody” around the bottom stems after of period of time, but that is just the nature of the plant. Based on how these are growing, I will be dividing them in the spring….again.

Crassula muscosa watch chain - The Hypertufa Gardener

 

Reference: http://www.learn2grow.com/plants/crassula-muscosa-var-muscosa/

                       http://www.plantoftheweek.org/week028.shtml

When these stems are pinched, the growth under the pinch begins to branch. So I have pinched a lot and have accidentally broken off pieces too.  I just toss those into the bottom of the terrarium and voila ! More plants. See how easy it is to propagate most succulents? But this is a nice plant to have and I am really enjoying it this winter.

But I can’t wait for Spring! If you are interested in purchasing this plant or others, here is my affiliate link to Amazon.


 

 

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Hi, I am Kim and thank you so much for visiting my magazine! I am a gardener and a hypertufa maker. If you came here to learn about hypertufa, I have a lot of information. But I also write about flower gardening and using succulents which are great drought-tolerant plants.

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2 thoughts on “Under The Sea: Crassula Muscosa In My Succulent Terrarium

  • April 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm
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    I have always been fascinated with succulents but haven't grown many. I didn't realize they could be grown outside year round! You inspire me to try growing more of these neat plants. How do you determine which varieties are hardy in which zone? I looked at some in the store today and none had that information on the container. I live on the Ohio/Indiana border just where the dividing line is between zones. Reply
    • April 16, 2017 at 5:34 am
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      Usually the zone is listed on the plant label, but if it is not mentioned, it may use the word "hardy" in the description. Otherwise if you go to a local garden center/nursery you could ask or they might have a section for outdoor plants. Or ask a neighbor or friend who grows them to share! Thank you for stopping by! Reply

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