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Crassula Buddha's Temple Succulent Care | Potting Up & Propagation


Greetings growers! The grasula Buddha’s Temple in this episode? I’m going to be repotting these chatting to you about all. The things I’ve discovered along the ways and, uh, what they like and what they don’t like. So you’re probably wondering what you’re looking at and what happened well? This one over the back here is one that I’ve had for. Yeah, for quite some time. Um, but it grew really tall on the top. I mean, it was it had quite, you know, sort of six to eight inches coming out the top there, and it was quite unstable for the small pot that it was in so, uh. I thought well. What am I going to do? So I gave it the chop and I thought I’d try and have a go at rooting the tip section. Any pups that were right near the top and any slab sections in between and see how I get on knowing full well that trimming the top off would trigger more pop activity on the, uh, on on the main main mother plant there, and I’ve had some various success with it. The when I chopped the top off here, one thing and one thing I found is I tried different methods of rooting some of them in water, some of them in pumice with a bit of academia, some of them straight into different types of soils, you know, like coconut core and compost based soils and one thing I found is that the tip is the easiest to root by far it roots very quickly. Um, any other sections that were closest to the top sort of route next? Any sections that were lowest to the bottom there I? There were two other sections to go with this. Um, they didn’t root so it gives me a general idea that the higher up the plant the the quicker it will root. Um, the most successful method I found in terms of routing them is. If it’s an offset pup like one of these ones here, you can just effectively just break them off. Um, and put them into a small pot. It’s like a little diddy terracotta pot here. And this is just where? I put one of those pups into, and I just kept the top water Whenever it dried like this. Like this sort of light color. I would just wet it again. Just to make the academic, which is what this top dressing is. Go darker and just to keep it moist all of the time, and that worked quite well. Um, because there wasn’t. It wasn’t really any wounds or callus over it. Kind of just broke over, broke off quite easily. It’s designed to be rooted again. Um, in that situation, But as for the actual sections themselves. If I can hold this up without wrecking everything I found that rooting them in water was the best way of doing this. I can get a good view on that, and I would see the white bits dangling in the water there, but but yeah, just having the stalk just off the top of the surface, so it’s not quite touching the water, but just above the water, so there’s some humidity in there, Um, and then that allows the roots to to start working so yeah, so I’m doing it. In the water was the best technique I found, um, and using cocktail sticks wedged between the fins there to hold it in place. Ones just falling out there. Yes, they’ve rooted quite nicely. They started to get quite withered down and a little bit deflated initially, but then once once the roots have started to kick in, um, then the the actual plants themselves. They started to puff up like this one at the top here. This had a lot of wrinkling on the leaves to indicate that it was dehydrated. But once I’ve got it, I’ve got the roots going in here. The, um, yeah, you can see the there’s no creases in the leaves at all anymore. New wrinkles and all the little, uh, pups have all started to pick up a little bit of speed in their growth. So what we’re going to do? Is I’m going to put these into new pots? They’re ready to go. They’re ready to be rooted up and what I’m going to use for this is. I have got some mesh pots. This those who watched my previous videos now that I’ve ordered some of these recently from Meshpops. Um, there’s two sizes here to be considered. There’s the these sort of six centimeter square version. the seven centimeter square version and the newer design model, which is the, uh, with the sloped types, which comes out about 7.3 centimeters For this. I’m going to use the seven centimeter ones purely because they all fit rather nicely on this. Um, sorry about that and then not the camera off this tray here. If you can see on that tray, it’s got a built-in lip. So it allows you to just get your thumb in there and just sort of, you know, pick it up and put it down again and it’s really quite a rigid tray, so it’s. Um, yeah, you can probably use it for draining out excess excess water as well. All, um, all four of those fit on there fitting there perfectly, you see, so that’s why we use that, so I’m going to put all these four in here. And that’s a rather large roots root space for them to grow into, but they’ll grow into it. The mix that I’m using here is my own mix. This is, um, 60 pumice 20 worm casting 20 academia, This makes it a mineral mix predominantly being 60 pumice The roots on these, um, succulents are quite quite airy and hairy and can grow quite far, but they are just tiny little hairs so it can create an extensive root system, but just not a dominant one. It doesn’t have any tap Root doesn’t have any major roots. It just has this. Um, a handful of hairs which go through the soil, so that’s? Why, um, a mix that is mostly peak? Composters would be unsuitable, even though you’d use that for, um, you know, fibrous root systems. This type of root system really just needs to grow between the cracks and gaps in the pumice and that’s. Why I put the one of the reasons I put Academia in this mix also is just to keep that gap open. Um, between the lumps of pumice as the pumice has been sifted to a similar particle size, it would has got worm castings in there as well, but that will wash away and that will soak into the pumice over time. So that’s the reason I’m doing this particular mix in terms of passing up. I like to use a spoon and for this one here I shall just first of all. Put a layer in the bottom. Let’s see in there. One layer in the bottom there and what I’m going to do. Is I’m going to put some osmocote fertilizer in the reason is I bought this as sachets as just to try it out just to see, um, if I if the fertilizer was any good for, uh, for cacti and succulents, and it’s not bad, but it’s not really necessary. In my opinion. It potentially adds salts to the to the soils. Um, I think it increased my chance of having crusting on the on the soil surfaces. Uh, it always makes its way to the surface. Just like perlite does, um, and um, yeah. It tends to create, like a little, uh, circle of algae growing around it. So I think it’s best to be used deep in the mix right down the bottom there, so I just tend to grab just a small pinch so Buddhas. Temple doesn’t need particularly a lot of fertilizer. It does like a little bit in the growing months there, so it is is a recent cultivar from what I gather made in the late 1950s cross between Pyramidalis and so I probably haven’t had a great amount of time to develop a strong root system being a relatively new species. Um, you know, where would it be native to, and it’s a cultivar. So, um, it hasn’t adapted to any particular type of rock or or climate it’s. Um, it just becomes a house plant that a lot of people have in their collections. So what I’m going to do first of all is? What should we do first which we do? Let’s do the growing tip. Let’s see the roots there. I wish this camera would stop messing around with the light levels every time it focuses. I’ve gone through all the settings. It drives me nuts, so I do apologize about that. I will sort this out in time, so what we’re going to do? Um, for this is gauge this up. It’s going to be in the center. Its roots at the moment are just about touching the bottom, so I’m going to need to hold it in place and using the spoon, I shall then move it around it, so let’s just get this a bit more central. Okay, so I’ll push that in there and I’m pretty sure I’ve sort of semi buried the first leaf or two, just for stability reasons because it’s not really got anything holding it in place. I’ll be relying on that root system to begin to fill up the area, so it’s just gently packing down with me thumb and there here a crunching, and that’s just just really just to solidify it all down. We’re going to be putting the top dressing on here. Okay, so now we can probably just brush all this off now. Any excess mixes bits that fall in there with a little paint brush. You would have got a few particles. Go between the fins there, and we just want to brush them out, so typically putting your finger on the top of the cake. Just like that just to hold it in place. So then you can use the paint brush to get everything out, so keep it upright. Okay, so that’s probably ready for it. Stop dressing now this. I should be using academic, of course. So what I’ll do is ill. Put the top dressing on here again. We’ll use the, um, use the trusty teaspoon for this. To put top dressings in the tray. So that when I’m, um, doing the top dressings, any bits that spill out over, um, you know, spill back into the tray. I’m not all over the floor. Carpets and rugs just making sure that you pass it because down and perlite things like that has a habit of making its way back to the surface very light, so packing down the, uh, the academic because you can only really manipulate academic when it’s dry, you try and do it. When it’s wet, it just turns to, uh, to paste. But yeah, that is the tip in. I will give this one a route of watering in its. Um, it’s that kind of succulent where. Yeah, it’s a cutting, so I need to water it straight away. I can’t expect those little roots in there to just deal with all this dry dust. So I’m now going to, um, repot all of these others here using the same method. Just empty them out. Put them in, so I’ll do that now. And here they all are all potted up nicely Same method as I did on the first one, so they all had roots. Um, but yeah, just a few hairs pretty much like the, uh, like the two cuttings on the left here. These didn’t really have much of a root system much more than that to be honest with you. Uh, the pup had about the same amount of roots existed. Um, and this one here was just a little bit more, and that’s the original main plant, so you can see how with the root system is pretty small and frail. So, um, yeah, but otherwise, they’re all done and dusted and ready to go in there. Uh, back in their home. I shall be just, uh, giving them a watering over and all that soak through, and that should be that. So, yeah, if you’ve got Buddha’s temple, uh, catch me in the comments. Ask me any questions you like. I’ve had them for some time. Might be to give you some advice. Um, there shouldn’t be much winter advice because they are quite cold. Hearty they, uh, they they can go down to minus a few degrees Celsius, so they are quite hardy from that point of view. They don’t like too much water. They don’t like too little water. Um, they do store water in their leaves like a succulent, but they don’t store a great deal as you can see, so they, but they they do dehydrate they. They will show you signs that they need watering. Um, and as I say, usually by the firmness of the leaves and not having any crinkles or anything on it and the same goes with these that they feel quite firm indicates that, uh, that they they’ve got the full amount of water that they can take on board, but given time these should produce a nice set of flowers from what I can see. They flower from all of the growing tips, regardless of age. So if, um, if this was still on the original plant here, and that went into bloom from what I can understand, these little side ones here would also bloom, so it looks like they haven’t got to get into the same age. They’re ready to bloom straight away from what I can tell. Um, quote me if I’m wrong, but yeah. If you like more videos like this, don’t forget, subscribe as I say. Chat to me in the comments as always thanks for watching.