What is a Crested Succulent?

I have been observing an increase in the presence of crested succulents on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. Initially, I had no understanding of why they were so distinct or captivating. However, after researching and asking questions, I am now drawn to the special qualities of these plants.

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Cresting is a mutation that takes place when a plant is in the process of maturing. Instead of continuing to produce additional branches or stems, the plant develops into a wide, flat surface. The leaves tend to emerge along the upper ridge of this wide growth and are densely situated. This change is a natural occurrence that cannot be intentionally caused, so it is relatively uncommon compared to non-crested plants.

I experienced the beauty of an Aeonium ‘Starburst’ crested succulent in person for the first time in Mimi’s garden from I Dream of Succulents. It was a sight to behold!

She was generous and gave me a smaller version of the same plant. That was the first crested succulent I had ever owned, and it is still with me today – although it has a sunburn so I’ll wait until it looks better before I show it off. I was so drawn to the ‘Topsy Turvy’ crested succulent at Rancho Garcia Nursery’s Etsy shop that I knew I had to add it to my collection. They are simply stunning!

If you’re looking for an airplant for yourself, CTS Airplants is a great option. They offer a wide selection of varieties you can choose from.

I went to Seaside Gardens in Santa Barbara not long ago and was amazed by their collection of crested Aeoniums. It’s a great spot for succulent lovers and definitely worth a visit.

I was delighted to see that this one had several ordinary stems coming out of it as well.

I was overjoyed when I found a crested Sedum Angelina amidst the cold-hardy succulents I had planted at my parents’ house. I was so taken with the diminutive size of the plant that I decided to take it out of the garden and replant it in a pot, so that I could give it the attention it needed. Here’s hoping it thrives in its new home.

Crested succulents are a great way to add an element of rarity to your succulent collection without breaking the bank. CTS Airplants has an amazing selection of these unique plants, so why not check them out and pick out your favorite?

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What does it mean if a succulent is crested?

What is the difference between crested and Montrose?

A crested cactus or succulent is typically organized with a symmetrical growth pattern, while a monstrose cactus is characterized by random growth points, creating an uneven, lumpy, and knobby shape.

How do you tell if a succulent is crested?

The growth of a plant can be altered in what is known as a cresting mutation. This causes the plant to spread out in a wide, flattened shape, with its leaves tightly packed along the top ridge.

Why are some succulents expensive?

The cost of exotic succulents is typically more expensive due to the fact that these plants are often imported from abroad. Prices for these rare plants can range from $50 to $500, depending on their origin. Additionally, endangered species of succulents are both scarce and require a great deal of upkeep, resulting in a higher cost.

Why are crested succulents so expensive?