Tips and Tricks for Successfully Growing Adromischus Cristatus, the Crinkle Leaf Plant


If you’re new to succulents or just love their fuzzy and thick leaves, the Adromischus Cristatus, also known as the “crinkle-leaf plant,” is a must-have for your collection. This unique succulent grows in a rosette shape with crinkly, crinkly leaves that add a touch of texture to any indoor or outdoor garden. The Adromischus Cristatus is native to South Africa and is related to other popular houseplants like the jade plant and the aloe vera.

When it comes to growing the Adromischus Cristatus, it’s crucial to provide the right care and conditions for optimal growth. This plant prefers well-draining soil to prevent overwatering and root damage. You’ll want to place it in a bright area with indirect sunlight, such as a south or west-facing window, to ensure it receives enough light without scorching the leaves. As with most succulents, watering should be done sparingly, only when the soil has completely dried out. Overwatering can lead to root rot and a withered, yellow appearance.

Propagating the Adromischus Cristatus is relatively easy and can be done through stem cuttings or by starting from seed. When using cuttings, allow the cut end to callus over by letting it sit in a dry area for a day or two. Then, place the cutting in a potting mix specifically designed for succulents and lightly water. Avoid overwatering the newly planted cutting and keep it in a warm, well-lit area until roots grow and it starts to grow new leaves.

For those interested in flowering, the Adromischus Cristatus produces small, tubular flowers that can bloom in shades of pink, white, or red. Flowering usually occurs during the spring or summer months when the plant is provided with the right conditions. To promote blooming, fertilize the plant with a diluted succulent fertilizer every few weeks during the growing season.

Like most succulents, the Adromischus Cristatus is relatively low maintenance, making it an ideal choice for both beginner and experienced gardeners. Grooming and pruning are not necessary for this plant, as it naturally maintains its compact size. However, if you notice any withered or damaged leaves, feel free to trim them off to promote overall plant health.

When it comes to potential problems with the Adromischus Cristatus, the most common issues are related to overwatering or improper watering practices. Yellow leaves and stem rot are signs of overwatering, while wrinkled leaves indicate underwatering. Additionally, this plant is relatively disease-free, though it’s always important to check for signs of pests or diseases, such as mealybugs or fungal infections. If any issues arise, a proper diagnosis, such as inspecting the leaves and roots, can guide you in the right direction for treatment.

In conclusion, the Adromischus Cristatus, or “crinkle-leaf plant,” is a unique and beautiful succulent that can add texture and interest to any garden. With proper care, well-draining soil, and appropriate watering, this plant is sure to thrive and bring joy to its caretaker. Whether you’re new to succulents or an experienced gardener, the Adromischus Cristatus is a must-have for any collection.

How to Grow and Care for Crinkle Leaf Plants

Crinkle Leaf Plants, also known as Adromischus Cristatus, are popular houseplants that are loved for their unique crinkled leaves and easygoing nature. If you are looking to add a touch of nature to your indoor space, here is some general information on how to grow and care for these plants.

  • Nature: Crinkle Leaf Plants are native to South Africa and belong to the succulent family. Their thick, crinkled leaves give them a distinct appearance.
  • Light: Place your Crinkle Leaf Plant in a south-facing window or in a spot with bright indirect light. They tend to thrive in bright light conditions.
  • Watering: Make sure to water your Crinkle Leaf Plant sparingly, as overwatering can lead to root rot and other diseases. Water only when the top few inches of the soil feel dry to the touch.
  • Temperature: Crinkle Leaf Plants prefer temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C). Avoid exposing them to extreme temperatures or drafts.
  • Soil: Use a well-draining soil mix for your Crinkle Leaf Plant, such as a cactus or succulent potting mix. This will help prevent water accumulation and root rot.
  • Propagation: Crinkle Leaf Plants can be propagated through stem cuttings. You can snip off a healthy stem and plant it in moist soil until roots form.
  • Repotting: Repot your Crinkle Leaf Plant whenever you notice it has outgrown its current container. Use a slightly larger pot with fresh soil, and be careful not to damage the roots during the process.
  • Pruning: Pruning is not necessary for Crinkle Leaf Plants, but you can trim off any dead or yellowing leaves to promote the plant’s overall health and appearance.
  • Grooming: Crinkle Leaf Plants are easygoing and do not require much grooming. However, you can wipe the leaves gently with a damp cloth to remove any dust or debris and keep them looking fresh.
  • Flowering: While Crinkle Leaf Plants are not primarily grown for their flowers, they can produce small, tubular blooms in shades of pink or white. However, flowering is not common indoors.

With the right care and attention, your Crinkle Leaf Plant is likely to thrive and bring green freshness to your indoor space. Enjoy the unique crinkle leaf texture and the easy care of this beautiful succulent!

Crinkle Leaf Plant Care

The Crinkle Leaf Plant, also known as Adromischus cristatus, is a popular succulent that is easy to grow and care for. This plant is native to South Africa and belongs to the succulent family, which means it has thick, fleshy leaves that store water. Here are some tips for growing and taking care of this unique plant:

Light: The Crinkle Leaf Plant thrives in bright, indirect light. A south-facing window is the ideal location for this plant. However, avoid placing it in direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves.

Watering: Like most succulents, the Crinkle Leaf Plant requires well-drained soil and infrequent watering. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings, and be careful not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot. The frequency of watering will depend on the season and the temperature of your environment. In general, water the plant whenever the top inch of soil feels dry.

Humidity: The Crinkle Leaf Plant is accustomed to low humidity. Therefore, it does not require any additional humidity, and normal indoor humidity levels are sufficient.

Temperature: These plants prefer temperatures between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit (18-24 degrees Celsius). They can tolerate higher temperatures as well, but be cautious of frost, as it can be detrimental to the plant.

Soil: Use a well-draining soil mixture for the Crinkle Leaf Plant. A cactus mix or a mixture of equal parts potting soil, sand, and perlite is ideal.

Fertilizing: Fertilize the Crinkle Leaf Plant during the spring and summer months with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package for proper application.

Propagation: The Crinkle Leaf Plant can be propagated through stem cuttings or by leaf propagation. When propagating with stem cuttings, allow the cuttings to dry for a few days before planting them in well-draining soil. Leaf propagation involves placing the leaves on top of the soil and lightly misting them until roots develop.

Repotting: As the Crinkle Leaf Plant grows, it may outgrow its current pot. Repotting should be done during the spring season, using a slightly larger pot and fresh soil.

Grooming: Remove any yellow or damaged leaves from the plant using clean and sharp scissors. Regular grooming will promote a neat and healthy appearance.

Common Problems: The most common problems with the Crinkle Leaf Plant are underwatering and overwatering. Underwatering can lead to shriveled leaves, while overwatering can cause root rot. To prevent these issues, find a watering schedule that suits your environment and stick to it. Additionally, keep an eye out for any signs of pests or diseases, such as mealybugs or fungal infections.

General Maintenance: The Crinkle Leaf Plant is an easygoing plant that requires minimal maintenance. As long as you provide it with the right amount of light, water, and well-draining soil, it should thrive and grow well in your care.

In conclusion, taking care of the Crinkle Leaf Plant, or Adromischus cristatus, is relatively easy. With proper light, watering, and general maintenance, this unique succulent will grow and flourish in your home or garden.


Adromischus cristatus, also known as the “crinkle-leaf plant,” requires bright light to thrive. It prefers sunlight but can also tolerate partial shade. Placing the plant near a south or west-facing window will provide it with the amount of light it needs.

However, direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day may scorch the leaves, so it’s important to provide some shade during peak sun hours. If natural sunlight is not available, you can use artificial grow lights as an alternative light source.

Keep in mind that the amount of light a plant receives affects its growth and appearance. Adromischus cristatus plants grown in lower light conditions may become leggy or have elongated stems, while those in brighter light will have more compact growth.

Temperature also plays a role in the plant’s light requirements. Warmer temperatures will promote faster growth, while cooler temperatures may slow it down. It’s always best to maintain a moderate temperature, ideally between 60-80°F (15-27°C).

In terms of watering, Adromischus cristatus prefers to dry out completely between waterings. Water the plant thoroughly, allowing the excess water to drain away. It’s important to avoid overwatering, as this may lead to root rot and other problems.

When watering, it’s best to use room temperature water and avoid getting water on the leaves to prevent damage and rot. Watering frequency can vary depending on the season and the environment, so it’s essential to monitor the soil moisture level and adjust accordingly.

Lastly, fertilize the plant during the growing season, typically from spring to fall. A well-drained potting mix with added organic matter works well for Adromischus cristatus. You can use a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength or a slow-release fertilizer according to the package instructions. Fertilizing once a month or every six weeks is generally sufficient.

By providing the right amount of light, temperature, and water, along with proper care and maintenance, your Adromischus cristatus plant will grow and thrive. If you want to propagate the plant, you can do so through stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. With the right conditions and care, your crinkle-leaf plant will brighten up your living space or outdoor garden.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.