Crassula ovata ‘Sunset’ (Golden Jade)
If you are looking for an easy to grow succulent that can thrive in a variety of growing conditions, Crassula ovata ‘Sunset’ just might be the one for you. This is an excellent beginner succulent and can live happily in bright, indirect light such as an office desk, kitchen shelf, or dorm room nightstand. At maturity, ‘Sunset’ can grow up to 36” tall x 24” wide, however growth of this succulent can be kept small by being pruned into bonsai size.
Most succulents in the Crassulaceae family are no fuss, easy to grow plants. The main thing to be careful about is moisture level. Plants should be planted into very well-drained soil. Water thoroughly and allow water to drain. Wait until the soil is dry before watering again. Excessive moisture will cause root and stem rot. This succulent is not very frost hardy, so protect from frost. The Sunset Climate Zones are 8,9,12-24, H1, H2.
Crassula ovata ‘Sunset’ is a dense, mounding sub-shrub with glossy, smooth, ovate-shaped leaves that transition from lime-green to golden-yellow, to rosy-red along the margins. The more sunlight exposure, the richer the colors. The less sunlight exposure, the leaves will take on more shades of lime-green, golden-yellow, and pink. In spring ‘Sunset’ blooms small, star-shaped flowers in shades of blush-pink to white. These blooms attract a variety of pollinators.
Occasionally this Crassula can show small white or black dots on the leaves. These are healthy, water-transferring pores called “hydathodes” and are not a sign of disease. Hydathodes are similar to stomata in appearance, thought they are two to three times larger. They are usually connected to vascular tissue, and it’s been suggested that the hydathodes have the ability to uptake moisture deposited on leaves by dew or fog.
We are currently growing Crassula ovata ‘Sunset’ in 5.5” pots. To see photos of these outstanding succulents, follow us on Instagram and Facebook @clearwatercolornursery.