5.0 out of 5 (5 experiences)
About Calico Kitten
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 pellucida 'Variegata'
Also known as
Crassula marginalis rubra 'Variegata'
How to care for Calico Kitten
How often to water your Calico Kitten
Calico Kitten 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.
Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Calico Kitten in your home
Calico Kitten love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
Calico Kitten does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Calico Kitten in your home 🏡.
How to fertilize Calico Kitten
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 Calico Kitten after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Calico Kitten 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.
Calico Kitten 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 🏡.
Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.
If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.
Calico Kitten prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.
Calico Kitten 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!
Calico Kitten 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!
It’s common for Calico Kitten to go dormant in the summertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.
Calico Kitten is native to South Africa.
Care Summary for Calico Kitten
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
my dog knocked this one off my windowsill after only having it for a week and it looked very worse for wear. i propagated a lot of the leaves that had snapped off and repotted them and now look at her! full and thriving. just need to transfer into a hanging pot so her stems don’t continue to grow curved - and to avoid another accident!