Houseplant of the week: Crassula ‘Buddha’s Temple’ | Gardening advice

Why will I love it?
With its stunning geometric and architectural form – reminiscent of a miniature pagoda – this plant commands attention, even at a modest height of around 15cm.

Light or shade?
It thrives in bright, indirect light.

Where should I put it?
On a south-facing windowsill.

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How do I keep it alive?
Root rot is a common issue with succulents, and this one is more susceptible than most. Plant in well-draining cactus/succulent soil in a pot with a drainage hole and water only when the soil has dried out . Shield from harsh light to avoid leaf damage. The light, white, powdery surface helps to preserve moisture and protect from strong sunlight. This is easily removed by touching or watering, so water from underneath to preserve it .

Did you know …
The Crassula ‘Buddha’s Temple’ is a fascinating hybrid created by botanist Myron Kimnach in 1959 through the cross-pollination of Crassula pyramidalis and C. perfoliata var falcata. In summer it blooms with bright red buds, opening to reveal clusters of pink to near-white small flowers at the tip, adding a burst of colour to its already captivating appearance.



The plant’s stunning geometric and architectural form, resembling a miniature pagoda, makes it a captivating choice even at its modest height of around 15cm. It thrives in bright, indirect light and should be placed on a south-facing windowsill. To keep it alive, plant it in well-draining cactus/succulent soil in a pot with a drainage hole, and water only when the soil has dried out to prevent root rot. The plant’s light, white, powdery surface helps preserve moisture and protect it from strong sunlight, which can be easily removed by touching or watering, so it’s best to water from underneath to maintain it. The Crassula ‘Buddha’s Temple’ is a hybrid created in 1959 by botanist Myron Kimnach through the cross-pollination of Crassula pyramidalis and C. perfoliata var falcata, blooming with bright red buds in summer and adding a burst of color to its captivating appearance.