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The thick, richly green leaves of Crassula congesta 'Green Beans' sport a velvety-soft texture, and their elongated oval shape means there is no question why they came to bear the common name ‘Green Beans!’ Reaching a maximum height of only 6-8 inches, this hard to kill succulent is a great variety for those who do not consider themselves to be green thumbs, and makes for a charming addition to any home. Adding to the appeal is the fact that the leaf tips can blush pink with substantial sun exposure, contrasting nicely with the green hue on the remainder of the leaves.
While ‘Green Beans’ can tolerate partially shaded conditions, it will put on the best growth and coloration in bright sun – making a southern or western facing windowsill an ideal location for this variety. Like many Crassula, overwatering is its biggest downfall, so take care to water thoroughly but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry through before providing another drink. A porous soil mix, a well-draining pot, and ample airflow around the leaves and soil surface will take care of the rest! Hardy only to Zone 10, be sure to protect the plump leaves from freezing temperatures, to avoid scarring.
During the spring months, keep an eye out for white, gently fragranced bloom clusters. However, take note that ‘Green Beans’ is monocarpic, meaning that the parent plant will die back after flowering, allowing the offsets to take over in its stead.
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