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Adromischus cristatus

Crinkle-Leaf Plant, Key Lime Pie

This small plant has triangle-shaped leaves covered in tiny hairs. The end of the leaf forms a crinkle. It is easy to grow, making it perfect for beginners.

Quick Look:

  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 18″ (45 cm) tall
    Plant grows up to 24″ (61 cm) wide

  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by leaves

  • Can be toxic to humans and animals

  • Summer Dormant

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Adromischus cristatus “Crinkle-Leaf Plant”

Adromischus cristatus is a fun, easy to grow succulent. Although it prefers full sun, it is versatile and can be grown indoors. It grows a tall, green stalk from which a white flower blooms.

Due to its small size, this succulent does well on windowsill gardens, in rock and miniature gardens, and in offices.

Watering

“Crinkle Leaf Plant” tends to need a bit less water than other succulents. It's best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Water sparingly during winter months.

Where to Plant

Adromischus is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 20° F (-6.7° C), it's best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full to partial sun.

Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day. If planting indoors, place in a room that gets a lot of sunlight, such as near a southern-facing window (if you're in the Northern Hemisphere).

How to Propagate Adromischus cristatus “Crinkle-Leaf Plant”

Adromischus cristatus “Crinkle-Leaf Plant” is easily propagated from leaves. It can also be grown from seed, although this is less reliable and more difficult.

Leaves

When taking a leaf for propagation, gently twist the leaf from the stem. Be sure that the leaf you get is a “clean pull,” where no part of the leaf is left on the stem. This will give you a better chance of a successful propagation.

It is not uncommon for “Crinkle-Leaf Plant” to “drop leaves.” (Although this is not to be confused with signs of over-watering) You can collect the dropped leaves and propagate them as well!

Allow the leaf to callous over for a day or two before placing it on well-draining soil.

Seeds

When growing “Crinkle-Leaf Plant” from seed, be sure that the temperature is warmer, or you are using a grow light and seed warmer. Sow seeds in well-draining soil, watering whenever the soil is dry. Germination can take several weeks or longer, depending on your growing environment.