Watch Chain Succulent Care

Watch Chain Succulent Care: Everything You Need to Know

Watch chain succulents are a unique and eye-catching variety of houseplant. They can make a great addition to any home or garden. With their unique look, watch chain succulents make an interesting conversation piece. Can even be used as part of your decor. But caring for these plants isn't always easy! That's why we've put together this guide on watch chain succulent care. Everything you need to know about how to properly take care of these beautiful plants.

We'll cover the basics like light, water, soil and temperature. Also you can get the most out of your watch chain succulent collection. Read on for all the details!

Watch Chain Succulent Care

Watch Chain Succulent Characteristics

Watch chain succulents, also known as Crassula Muscosa, are a unique and captivating species of succulent. They are called "watch chain" because their leaves resemble tiny beads on a chain. One of the most notable characteristics of these plants is their fleshy. As well  multi-branched stems that produce small, round, green leaves in a spiral formation.

These succulents grow in a compact, bushy shape and can reach up to six inches in height. They are easy to identify, with their round leaves that form a chain-like pattern along the stem. Watch chain succulents are also drought-tolerant and thrive in bright, indirect light. They can be grown both indoors and outdoors and are a great choice for novice succulent enthusiasts. 

Watch Chain Succulent Care

Watch Chain Succulent Care

Light recommendations

Watch chain succulents need bright, indirect light to thrive. These plants prefer full sun in the morning or late afternoon, as well as partial shade during the midday hours. Too much direct sun can be damaging for watch chain succulents. It’s important to ensure that your plant is getting enough filtered sunlight throughout the day. When grown indoors, watch chain succulents are better placed near a sunny window or under grow lights set up at least 12 inches away from the plant’s foliage. Regularly rotating your watch-chain succulent will help to ensure all parts of its stem get equal amounts of sunlight and stay healthy.

Watering your Watch Chain Succulent

  • Proper watering techniques for watch chain succulents involve using well-draining soil and letting the top 1-2 inches of soil dry out before each watering.
  • These plants prefer to be watered little and often, so aim to water your watch chain succulent every week during summer when grown outdoors or in bright light.
  • When planted indoors or placed in a shadier spot, water a bit less frequently (every 10-14 days) to prevent overwatering.
  • Always check the soil’s moisture level before adding any more water – allowing the top layer of soil to become completely dry will keep your watch chain succulent healthy.
  • During winter dormancy, refrain from watering until spring arrives!

Watch chain succulents typically bloom in the spring, with small white or pink flowers appearing along the stem of the plant. These blooms usually last up to two weeks before wilting away.

To encourage healthy blooming in your watch chain succulents, make sure it is receiving plenty of bright sunlight and being watered regularly (but not too often) throughout the summer months. With proper care and attention, your watch chain succulent should provide you with a beautiful display of delicate blossoms each spring season.

Watch Chain Succulent

Soil for a Watch Chain Succulent

Watch chain succulent needs a potting mix that drains well and has plenty of air pockets, such as an amended cactus soil or an all-purpose potting soil with added perlite. The importance of using well-draining soil is to prevent the plant from sitting in too much water which can lead to root rot and other issues. Well-draining soils also allow oxygen to reach the roots, helping keep them healthy and hydrated without becoming over saturated. This type of soil will help ensure your watch chain succulent has optimal growth and bloom potential for many years.

Succulent potting mix is a great choice for Watch Chain Succulents. It should be amended with perlite or pumice to ensure adequate drainage and air flow to prevent the roots from becoming over-saturated. This type of soil helps promote healthy root growth and provides optimal growing conditions for this unique succulent variety. To encourage blooms in the spring, make sure your Watch Chain Succulent receives plenty of bright sunlight and regular watering throughout its growing season.

Watch Chain Succulent

The right temperature for your Watch Chain Succulent

The ideal temperature range for watch chain succulents is between 65-75°F (18-24°C). They can withstand temperatures as low as 40°F (5°C) but any lower than this will cause the plant to enter a dormancy period and result in slower growth.

In very warm climates, take caution when exposing your watch chain succulent to direct sunlight, as temperatures over 90 °F (32 °C) could lead to sunburn, wilting or other leaf damage. Additionally, if growing indoors in an air conditioned environment, provide bright light and set the thermostat no lower than 68 °F (20 °C).

In the summer months, Watch Chain Succulents should be placed in a spot that receives plenty of sunlight and watered regularly (but not too often) with well-draining soil. During the winter dorm period, refrain from watering until spring arrives. Additionally, make sure to provide bright light in air conditioned environments and set the thermostat no lower than 68°F (20°C). Finally, rotate your watch chain succulent regularly to ensure all parts of its stem get equal amounts of sunlight and stay healthy.


It is recommended to fertilize your Watch Chain Succulent with a balanced fertilizer once or twice per month during the growing season. Make sure to dilute the fertilizer according to package instructions and allow the soil to dry in between waterings. Avoid over-fertilizing, as too much can damage roots. During winter dormancy, refrain from fertilizing until spring arrives. Additionally, you may use an organic compost tea or liquid seaweed every two weeks as an additional boost of nutrition for your succulents throughout its growing season.

Organic compost tea or liquid seaweed can be used to give your Watch Chain Succulent an additional boost of nutrition throughout its growing season. To use either type of product, dilute them according to package instructions and then spray the solution onto the soil surface every two weeks. Allow the soil to dry in between each application and refrain from fertilizing during winter dormancy. This will help promote healthy growth and encourage blooms in springtime!

Tips for Watch Chain Succulent Care

Watch Chain Succulents are generally resistant to pests and diseases, but they may experience mealy bugs, spider mites, and root rot.

  • Mealy bugs are easy to detect as they have a white cottony appearance. These can be treated by spraying them with rubbing alcohol or neem oil solution.
  • Spider mites are harder to spot because they're very small, but if you notice discoloration on leaves or webbing between the stems of your
  • Watch Chain Succulent it could be infested with these pesky critters.
  • Treating spider mites involves regularly rinsing the plant off in soapy water and using an insecticidal soap if necessary.
  • For root rot, check for healthy roots when re-potting that don't smell or show signs of browning or mold growth. Discard any rotten roots immediately before repotting in a new container filled with well-draining soil mix.
  • Proper watering techniques (allowing time between each watering) can also help avoid root rot issues altogether!

Crassula muscosa | Watch Chain

Take a look at your Watch Chain Succulent

A Watch Chain Succulent may turn yellow due to a few different factors. It could be a sign of too much sun or not enough water. The plant is stressed due to poor soil drainage, or over-fertilization. In some cases, yellowing can also be caused by root rot. In this case it may need to be repotted into fresh well-draining soil.

If excessive yellowing occurs, make sure to adjust the amount of sunlight and water. It's best accordingly and ensure proper draining for optimal growth conditions. It’s better to act quickly when you first notice any signs of discoloration. Since any health issue can spread quickly through the entire plant if left untreated.

Propagation techniques & tips

The best time to propagate Watch Chain Succulents is in the spring or early summer. The propagation techniques for this type of succulent include stem cuttings, offsets, and leaf cuttings.

For stem cuttings, simply make a clean cut at an angle below the node. The pointy joint where leaves attach to the stem. Each cutting should contain two sets of leaves with at least one node on each side. Allow it to dry for a few days before planting it in well-draining soil. Offsets are pups that sprout from the base of the main plant and can be removed with careful handling. These should also be allowed to callous over before being planted in their new home. Lastly, when propagating by leaf cuttings, gently twist off leaves from your adult plant. Wait for them to form callouses.

Plant them into a pot filled with cactus soil mix after they have fully dried out. Always remember to provide plenty of indirect sunlight during potential warm weather months!


In summary, Watch Chain Succulents are low maintenance plants that can add character. Perfect succulent beauty to any indoor or outdoor space. Proper care and maintenance include providing them with well-draining soil mix, moderate to bright indirect sunlight, and avoiding overwatering.

During warm months, it's important to water the plant thoroughly and wait for the soil to dry out before watering again. Fertilizing with organic compost tea or liquid seaweed can help give it a boost of nutrition without overdoing it. Spider mites, mealy bugs, and root rot are possible issues that may arise, but can be prevented or treated by regularly checking the plant for signs of infestations or rot, and taking action immediately.

Propagating Watch Chain Succulents can easily be done through stem cuttings, offsets, and leaf cuttings. By following these steps, your Watch Chain Succulent will thrive and continue to bring joy and beauty to your surroundings for years to come.

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Jasmine Cooper

Hey succulent lovers! I'm Jasmine Cooper, a self-proclaimed succulent enthusiast and the voice behind this blog. My journey into the enchanting world of succulents began with a simple yet captivating gift: a small succulent pot. Over the years, I've dedicated countless hours to reading, researching, and immersing myself in everything succulent-related. My adventures have led me to collect an array of succulent planters and products, each adding a unique story to my ever-expanding succulent tapestry. Through this blog, I aim to share the knowledge and joy these remarkable plants have brought into my life, hoping to inspire and guide fellow enthusiasts and newcomers alike on their succulent journey.

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