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Crassula ‘Tom Thumb’

This tiny succulent adds excellent “filler” and “spiller” in succulent arrangements. It can also be added to living succulent wreaths! ‘Tom Thumb’ grows quickly, with its bright green, triangle-shaped leaves stacking on top of each other. The edges of the leaves turn red when stressed.

Quick Look:

  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 6″ (15 cm) tall

  • Zone 10a (Minimum 30° F | -1.1° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by offsets or leaves

  • Generally non-toxic to humans and animals

  • Summer Dormant

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Crassula ‘Tom Thumb’

Crassula ‘Tom Thumb’ is the perfect succulent for miniature gardens, terrariums, and succulent projects! It grows up quickly, and then begins to trail. Many little clusters of white flowers bloom in the Spring.

Watering

Crassula ‘Tom Thumb’ has typical watering needs for a succulent. It's best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

Crassula ‘Tom Thumb’ is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1.1° 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. Not suited for indoor growing, however if you must bring it indoors through the winter, 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 Crassula ‘Tom Thumb'

Crassula ‘Tom Thumb' is a prolific propagator, and can be propagated by offsets and leaves.

Offsets

‘Tom Thumb' will produce small offsets, sprouting up around the base of the plant. Simply pull these up and allow the offsets to dry for one to two days before replanting.

Leaves

To propagate Crassula ‘Tom Thumb' from leaves, twist a leaf from the mother plant. Be sure that none of the leaf remains on the stem, or you will have a smaller chance of success.

Allow the leaf to dry out for several days so that the end callouses over, and then place on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil is completely dry.

Often Mistaken For

Crassula perforata ‘String of Buttons'