Crassula Perforata Dying: Here’s How to Revive It

Crassula Perforata Dying
Crassula Perforata Dying

Why is my crassula perforata is dying? This is a question I received a few days ago from my reader. If you’re landing on this post, then you might also have the same experience. Fortunately, this article is written for you. In this post, I will share some of the causes and tips on how you can fix your plant.

Crassula perforata is one of the most beautiful succulent plants you can have in your garden. But like other succulents, this one has special needs that you need to consider. If failed to do so, Crassula may develop problems.

If you are growing this plant, you might already notice some of the issues it encounters. The common one I see with mine is its dying and wilting leaves and stems.

Why is Crassula Perforata Dying?

Root rot is what I see the most common reason as to why a Crassula Perforata plant is dying. This happens when the plant is overwatered. Pots without draining holes also contribute to this problem.

Succulents need water. We all know that. But we also know that too much of a good thing is a bad thing. The same is true with succulent plants.

It is said that the easiest and the best way to kill a succulent plant is by overwatering it. And that is true. Succulents cannot withstand overwatering. It causes root rot which in turn causes the plant to die.

How to Save Crassula Perforata from Dying?

When root rot is in its severe state already, it is almost always difficult to revive. With Crassula Perforata, however, you can take the healthy cuttings from the damaged ones and start with those cuttings.

The cuttings can be propagated into a whole new plant. But this is only possible if you notice the problem before the rotting takes its toll. In my experience, severe cases are impossible to revive. I had lost many of my succulents before due to the same problem.

But if you have those survival stems, you can use them to propagate. Start by laying the healthy stems on the succulent soil. Expose the node in the soil and leave it for a couple of weeks. It is important to remember that during this period, you should refrain from watering it. Provide it with indirect bright light but not the direct one.

After a week or two, you should start seeing roots formation. Once the roots are established, you can start giving them water. But not too much. Tiny plants don’t need too much water. Just let the roots sip the amount of water they need. When you do it right, the cutting will develop new growth.

Enough water is just one of the needs. Succulents also need good aeration. Placing your Crassula outdoor is a good idea. In fact, I leave mine mostly outdoor. But for those of you leaving in places where winter happens every year, yours should be moved indoors during a cold season.

Succulents including Crassula is vulnerable to cold temperatures. The best thing you can do, in this instance, is to bring the plants inside.

Crassula Perforata can go taller as it grows. The lower leaves will naturally become dry and crispy. If you want, you can trim this plant to the height that you want it to be.

For most of us, beheading our beloved succulents is very painful especially if you don’t like to hurt the plant. But it’s not really that hard. Pruning can actually help the plant look fresh.

In addition, the stems can be planted too and you can have a new set of the same plant. In other words, you can get some baby plants from the dying one.

Get a new pot or container

If overwatering had caused why a crassula perforata is dying, repotting is a good solution too. Get a fresh succulent soil mix too. This will allow the plant to enjoy perfect soil.

If the succulent plant suffers overwatering, there are two main causes; compacting soil and pot without a drainage hole. These two factors are perfect for killing succulent plants.

When saving a dying Crassula, it is important to give it not only fast-draining soil but also pot with a drainage hole. The pot allows the excess water during watering to just drain through the bottom hole. This way helps the succulent plant safely from overwatering.

In this case though, I recommend using a small pot instead of the big one. The reason behind is that small pot can only accommodate less amount of water. Less water actually helps the overwatered plant to recover.

Make sure that the roots of the plant touch the new soil to allow it to absorb the nutrients needed for recovery. Make sure to remove all the dead leaves. In some instances, I tend to cut the affected area usually the few inches higher from the soil line. This works for Crassula with healthy remaining roots.

At this point, the plant needs light. Exposing it in bright indirect light could be the best thing to do. This will allow the plant to recover quicker.

It is also important to remember that during this entire process, the plant should not be fertilized. Bright sunshine can be enough. Watering should also be minimized too. Give just enough moisture for the plant to absorb but not more than what it needs.

Related Questions

How do you care for Crassula Perforata?

The success in caring for this plant starts from understanding its very nature. This plant is not cold hardy. This means that it cannot tolerate cold temperatures, especially in winter. during the cold season, save this plant by moving it indoors. When outdoor, place in the area that has access to sunlight at least six hours a day preferably in the morning.

Can you propagate Crassula?

Yes. You can propagate Crassula using the leaves. Just be careful in twisting the leaves from the stem. Make sure that you get the whole leaf and nothing remains on the stem to make sure that the leaf will successfully grow into a new plant. Just lay the leaf on the succulent soil mix for several days to callous. Along the way, the roots will develop and the baby succulents will be ready to be planted.

How often do you water Crassula?

Just like any succulents, Crassula hates overwatering. You can give it a soak and dry watering strategy. This means that when watering, completely soak the soil and let it dry. Water again once the soil is dry. Lastly, when watering, do not water the leaves just the soil only.

Where should a Crassula plant be placed in the house?

Crassula can be placed both indoors and outdoors. You can even place this plant in your office to boost that positive vibes.


I am a university teacher by profession, researcher, blogger, and gardener.

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