Short and chubby, thin and erratic.

by Court
(Las Vegas, Nevada)

Back side - some kind of Crassula

Back side - some kind of Crassula

Back side - some kind of Crassula
Front - Kalanchoe species

I bought these two at a pharmacy where I work because they looked lonely but there were never any identifiers on them.

I was actually afraid the small one on the right was going to die off because when I got it it was tiny and the leaves kept coming off, but it's now growing nicely and I feel I'm going to need to move them to a bigger container soon.

I'd like to know what they are before I do, though!

The short sticks you see poking out the back actually weren't there when I first got the plant, they only just emerged and I'm not sure if they are part of the short plant or something different entirely.

I've been looking online and see a lot that are similar to the chubby tall one, but I'd like to know for sure. Any help would be appreciated.

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Dec 02, 2014
Here are some potential culprits...
by: Jacki

I don't know the species on your chubby one but I'm feeling fairly confident that it's in the genus Crassula. The main characteristics are the chubby leaves, arranged in a cross shape, with each tier of leaves opposite to the previous.

The thin leaved one is some kind of Kalanchoe species, again, not sure what exactly, partly because it's too small to identify it. When it gets a bit bigger and shows some of the characteristic traits. I'm sure of the genus, because of the frilly edges on the leaves.

It's actually a bit shocking how little soil these plants need, but certainly they could be split up and potted separately. Make sure that the pot has a drain hole, and use the correct soil - with good drainage.

Here's more on succulent care and succulent soil.

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