Rochea genus are half hardy perennial sub shrubs that reach about 60 cm in height.
Members of this genus have recently been reclassified into Crassula. Therefore Rochea coccinea becomes Crassula coccinea.
Rochea bloom from spring to autumn and carry tubular fragrant flowers; these that may be Yellow, pink, red or white.
As a member of the Crassulaceae family, Rochea are closly related to the Sedum genera.
Rochea coccinea/Crassula coccinea, both photographs by Marius Coqui.
The seeds of Rochea should be sown on the surface in spring or summer. Rochea prefers a fertile, sandy and dry soil and should be grown in a sunny area of the garden.
If staring off indoors do so about seven weeks in advance. The Rochea seeds should take from two to seven weeks to germinate at a temperature of 15 to 20 degrees Celsius in the light. Transfer the young Rochea plants at about 30 cm apart in the middle of spring.
Once growing it is a good idea to pinch back the tips of young Rochea plants as this will encourage branching, leading to a bushier plant. Once flowering has occurred cut the shoots back to about 3 cm.
As they are half hardy perennials it may be necessary to bring the plants indoors in cold climates. If you need more plants then they can be propagated by taking cuttings that are about 6 cm long in the spring. Rochea cuttings should be grown at a temperature of 15 degrees centigrade, and the soil kept slightly moist.
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