Plant Care Crassula Arborescens

Crassula Arborescens

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Crassula Arborescens has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Crassula Arborescens

Plants in the Crassula genus are amazingly diverse and come in an incredible assortment of sizes and colors. Many of the ones we grow today are native to a small region in South Africa, which makes that diversity even more amazing! They're super low maintenance plants that can handle long periods of drought, so great if you're prone to skipping waters (we won't tell). 🫢 Make sure they get plenty of sunlight and that they're planted in a pot with a drainage hole and they'll be happy as can be!


Crassula arborescens

Also known as

Silver Dollar Plant, Silver Dollar Plant, Silver Dollar Plant, Chinese Jade, Money Plant and Blue Bird

How to care for Crassula Arborescens

💦 Water

How often to water your Crassula Arborescens

Water needs for Crassula Arborescens
0.5 cups
every 12

Crassula Arborescens needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Crassula Arborescens

Water 0.5 cups every

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Silver Dollar Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Crassula Arborescens: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Crassula Arborescens love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Crassula Arborescens does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Crassula Arborescens in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Crassula Arborescens

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Crassula Arborescens: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Crassula Arborescens after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Crassula Arborescens is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Silver Dollar Plant →

Common Silver Dollar Plant Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Crassula Arborescens thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Silver Dollar Plant Water Frequency →

Silver Dollar Plant Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Crassula Arborescens requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Silver Dollar Plant Light Requirements →

Silver Dollar Plant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Crassula Arborescens is extremely dangerous if consumed. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian immediately. Crassula Arborescens is not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.

💨 Humidity

Crassula Arborescens enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Silver Dollar Plant Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Crassula Arborescens is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Silver Dollar Plant →

💩 Fertilizer

Crassula Arborescens grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Crassula Arborescens to go dormant in the summertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.

🌎 Native Region

Crassula Arborescens is native to South Africa.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Crassula Arborescens bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Silver Dollar Plant Flowers →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Crassula Arborescens grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Silver Dollar Plant →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Crassula Arborescens can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Silver Dollar Plant Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Crassula Arborescens can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Crassula Arborescens. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

Care Summary for Crassula Arborescens

Crassula Arborescens

Crassula Arborescens

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Crassula Arborescens has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 28
Crassula Arborescens has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
Crassula Arborescens has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Crassula Arborescens has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Crassula Arborescens has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Crassula Arborescens has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Crassula Arborescens has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
@MeganO avatar
leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 20,843 XP
globe Washington, DC

This thing went through outdoors in the winter last year and has recovered and regrown beautifully over the last year. Definitely a survivor.

Survivor Survivor
@Gor4red avatar
leaf-1 65 Plants
xp 10,896 XP

Grows very slowly and loses leaves very easily.

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@honeyyvoiced avatar
leaf-1 36 Plants
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globe Des Plaines, IL

This plant took a tumble and lost a stalk but it’s still going strong and rooting pretty well

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Survivor Survivor
@Notageordie avatar
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 544 XP
globe Huddersfield, England

Hadn’t watered her in probably 5-6 months and she did not die. If that’s not a survivor I don’t know what is

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@Leeyum_ avatar
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 336 XP
globe Washington, DC

browning a bit with the change in season

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@Plant parent
leaf-1 12 Plants
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globe London, England

Nice to look at

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@Gracemelissa98 avatar
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 1,257 XP

Such a sweet little succulent! Bought it for my plant Ferris wheel and it’s such a sweet little pop of colour!!

Survivor Survivor
@leiloojustine avatar
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 473 XP
globe Kingman, AZ

so cute. it stayed so little after never being repot but STEMMED up when put in a slightly bigger one. also minimal attention !!

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@addisoncampbell avatar
leaf-1 44 Plants
xp 1,243 XP

I don’t get much from this plant. It’s super easy to grow though and it has little babies all around it.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily
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@QuinnWhitePlants avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 79 XP

Very pretty, and quite strong, mine has a sun burn scar on one of its biggest leafs.

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@alexVSLand avatar
leaf-1 0 Plants
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globe Houston, TX

It's a nice succulent so far.

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