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Crassula Blue Bird is a popular succulent with distinctive, fleshy, blue-grey foliage (often tipped with shades of red) and a compact growth habit. Blue Bird is a cultivar of the Crassula Ovata species and is also referred to as Jade plant. Unlike most Jade plants, which are typically green, Crassula Blue Bird has a unique colouration that really sets it apart!
This cultivar is a hybrid between the Crassula Arborescens and Crassula Ovata.
CARE AND GROWTH:
Like most succulents, Crassula Blue Bird prefer a position in full sun but can tolerate semi-shade. A well-draining soil is essential to prevent overwatering. Succulents can store water in their leaves, meaning overwatering can lead to root rot. Water when the soil is completely dry. During Winter, when the plant goes dormant, watering once or twice a month will suffice but during its growing season (Spring and Summer), once a week is ideal. If leaves appear wrinkled and deflated, this is a sign that the plant needs more water. Blue Bird will typically grow in a round, clumping shape.
Fertilise in Spring with a slow-release fertiliser. To maintain its compact shape and encourage bushier growth, prune during the warmer months.
When it comes to Crassula plants, the possibilities are endless! Here are a few ideas;
Feature/Accent Planting: Crassula Blue Bird look fantastic when mass planted or as a standalone feature plant.
Pots/Containers: The blue/grey foliage colour of the Blue Bird makes it the perfect match for a range of pot colours. It’s compact growing habit and drought tolerance mean it’s a very low maintenance option.
Check out our range of lightweight indoor and outdoor pots, sure to make your Crassula Blue Bird even more beautiful!
Indoor décor: Add a pop of colour to your indoor space with the Crassula Blue Bird. It will complement various indoor design styles. When placed inside, remember to position it where it will receive plenty of light.
Succulent Garden: The best thing about succulents (besides being low maintenance) is the huge range of vibrant colours and shapes they come in. Crassula’s are always a popular choice for succulent gardens, with Crassula Blue Bird being a staple.
Sedum, or stonecrop, succulents work great with Crassula. Their colourful foliage and flower clusters really enhance the space. Echeverias and Sempervivum have wonderful shapes and colours and Agaves are an architectural delight! Or course, you can’t go past adding other Crassula as well! Have a look at Crassula Max Cook, Crassula Purple Dragon and Crassula Ovata.
For accent planting, every 2m or so is ideal but if you were after a fuller look, place them closer together.
Crassula Blue Bird are one of our best-selling succulents, particularly with our landscapers! We stock them in multiple pot sizes, from small 105mm starter pots, medium 180mm and advanced 300mm for an instant effect! We have plenty of stock in all sizes!
Crassula are a huge family of plants, with hundreds of different varieties. We stock some of the most popular, including Crassula Max Cook, Crassula Hobbit, Crassula Ovata and Crassula Minima. The beauty of this family of plants is the range of different shapes and colours, meaning you will definitely find something to suit your space! If you’re after a variety of Crassula not listed on our site, please feel free to send us an email.
Position: Full sun to part shade
Max Height: 1m
Max Width: 1m
Spacing: Every 2m or closer depending on desired look
Type: Succulent, Feature, Border, Containers
Feed: Slow-release fertiliser
Pruning: Once to twice a year in warmer months depending on desired height