Crinkle Leaf Plant ‘Adromischus cristatus’
Crinkle Leaf Plant ‘Adromischus cristatus’
Crinkle Leaf Plant ‘Adromischus cristatus’
Crinkle Leaf Plant ‘Adromischus cristatus’
Crinkle Leaf Plant ‘Adromischus cristatus’
Crinkle Leaf Plant ‘Adromischus cristatus’
Crinkle Leaf Plant ‘Adromischus cristatus’
Crinkle Leaf Plant ‘Adromischus cristatus’
Crinkle Leaf Plant ‘Adromischus cristatus’
Crinkle Leaf Plant ‘Adromischus cristatus’
Crinkle Leaf Plant ‘Adromischus cristatus’
Crinkle Leaf Plant ‘Adromischus cristatus’
Crinkle Leaf Plant ‘Adromischus cristatus’
Crinkle Leaf Plant ‘Adromischus cristatus’
Crinkle Leaf Plant ‘Adromischus cristatus’
Crinkle Leaf Plant ‘Adromischus cristatus’
Crinkle Leaf Plant ‘Adromischus cristatus’
Crinkle Leaf Plant ‘Adromischus cristatus’

Introducing the Adromischus cristatus, known as the crinkle leaf plant, which is a unique and visually striking succulent. Native to South Africa, it is a stunning member of the Adromischus genus, and is also known as a key lime pie succulent or ravioli plant. This plant is beloved by succulent enthusiasts for its distinctive crinkled leaves and compact growth habit. 

The crinkle leaf plant gets its common name, key lime pie plant, due to the resemblance of its leaves to the crinkled texture of a key lime pie. The leaves have unique ruffled edges that give them a crinkled appearance, similar to the crust of a pie.  


The Adromischus cristatus plant features thick, fleshy leaves that are green in color and are covered in tiny hairs. The leaves grow in a rosette formation and have pointed tips.

This slow-growing plant has a compact growth habit, making it suitable for small spaces such as windowsills or tabletops.

When fully grown, the crinkle leaf plant has a tall stem that can grow up to 6 inches tall and 8 inches wide. It is relatively small and compact, making it an ideal choice for indoor gardening or small succulent arrangements.

The flowers of Adromischus cristatus are small and tubular and can vary in color from pale pink to white. The flowers emerge on tall, slender stalks that rise above the foliage. While the blooms are not the main attraction of this plant, they add a delicate touch to its overall appearance.  

Propagation of the crinkle leaf plant can be done through stem or leaf cuttings. Simply take a healthy leaf or stem cuttings, then allow it to dry and callous for a few days. Then, plant it in well-drained soil and keep it lightly moist until the roots emerge. The plant can also produce offsets, which can be separated and planted individually to grow into new plants. Additionally, using a rooting hormone can help speed up the process of root development for quicker growth. 

Watering Needs 

To properly water your crinkle leaf plant, it's essential to follow a "soak and dry" method. This means thoroughly watering the plant until water drains out of the bottom of the pot and then allowing the soil to completely dry out before watering again. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other issues, so it's crucial to avoid keeping the soil consistently moist. 

The frequency of watering can vary depending on factors such as the temperature, humidity, and the type of potting mix used. In the spring and summer, during the growing season, you can water your Adromischus cristatus every 7-10 days. However, always check the moisture level of the soil before watering to ensure it has dried out sufficiently. 

During the dormant period in fall and winter, the crinkle leaf plant requires less frequent watering. Reduce the watering frequency to once every 2-3 weeks or when the soil has completely dried out. Remember, it's better to underwater than to overwater succulents, as they can withstand periods of drought better than excessive moisture. 

Light Requirements 

When grown indoors, the crinkle leaf plants prefer bright, indirect light for at least six hours. Find a spot near a window where it can receive a good amount of filtered sunlight. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves. If you notice the leaves stretching or leaning towards the light source, it's an indication that it needs more light. On the other hand, if the leaves start turning yellow or brown, they may be getting too much direct sunlight. 

When growing outdoors, it's important to acclimate it gradually to prevent sunburn. Start by placing it in a partially shaded area and gradually increase the exposure to full sun over a few weeks. Outdoors, your Adromischus cristatus can tolerate more direct sunlight than when kept indoors. However, it's still essential to provide some shade during the hottest parts of the day, especially in regions with intense sunlight. 

Remember, finding the right balance of light is key to the crinkle leaf plant's well-being. Whether indoors or outdoors, aim for bright, indirect light and make adjustments based on the plant's response. With proper lighting, your Adromischus cristatus will flourish and showcase its unique crinkled leaves for you to enjoy. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

The Adromischus cristatus favors very airy, sandy soil that drains well. Planting them in ordinary soil will result in compacted roots, stunted growth, and most likely root rot. Instead, make or buy a well-draining potting mix, or ideally use our specialized potting mix that contains 5 natural substrates and mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your succulent to thrive. 

When it comes to fertilizing, Adromischus cristatus doesn't require heavy feeding. During the spring growing season, you can apply a balanced (5-10-5), water-soluble NPK liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength. This means using half the recommended dosage on the fertilizer packaging. Apply the diluted fertilizer once a year to provide a gentle nutrient boost. 

During the dormant period in fall and winter, it's best to avoid fertilizing altogether. Succulents, including the crinkle leaf plant, naturally slow down their growth during this time, so they don't need as much nutrition. Over-fertilizing can lead to excessive growth and weak stems, so it's better to err on the side of caution and skip the fertilizer during the dormant season. 

Hardiness Zones & More 

When growing indoors, the crinkle leaf plant is well-suited to average warm temperatures between 65-75°F. It can tolerate slightly freezing temperatures down to 55°F but may suffer damage if exposed to frost or cold hardy temperatures. It's best to keep the plant away from drafts or extreme temperature fluctuations, such as near air conditioning vents or heaters. 

For outdoor cultivation, it is generally hardy in USDA hardiness zones 9-11. This means it can tolerate mild to warm climates where the average minimum temperatures. If you live in a colder region, you can still enjoy this plant by keeping it indoors or in containers that can be brought indoors during winter. 

The Adromischus cristatus is adaptable and can tolerate a range of humidity levels. It can thrive in typical indoor humidity, which is usually around 40-60%. If your home tends to be very dry, especially during winter months, you can increase humidity around the plant by placing a tray filled with water and pebbles nearby or using a humidifier. 

Final Thoughts 

Overall, the Adromischus cristatus (Crinkle leaf plant or key lime pie plant) is a fascinating succulent with its crinkled leaves and compact growth habit. Its unique appearance, resembling the texture of a key lime pie, adds to its charm. This plant is native to the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa and thrives in well-draining soil. It stays relatively small, making it perfect for indoor gardening or small spaces. Taking care of the crinkle leaf plant involves providing it with bright, indirect light, occasional watering, and well-draining soil. With a little love and attention, this stunning succulent will thrive in your home or garden. 

Bloom Season Spring, Summer
Botanical Name Adromischus cristatus
Common Name Cinkle leaf plant, Key lime pie succulent
Dormancy Winter
Family Crassulaceae
Flower Color Pale pink, white
Genus Adromischus
Growth Habit Clumping
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 6 in. tall, 8 in. wide
Native Area South Africa
Plant Type Succulent
Propagation By stem, leaf cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat tolerant, pest resistance, deer resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type our specialized potting mix
Special Features Easy to maintain
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Safe for humans, friendly to dogs, friendly to cats
Watering Needs Low

Pest & Common Problems of Adromischus cristatus

The Crinkle leaf Adromischus cristatus is generally a pest-resistant plant. However, it can be susceptible to a few common problems, including:

Mealybugs: These small, white, cotton-like insects can infest the plant, especially in warm and humid conditions. They feed on the plant's sap, causing yellowing leaves and stunted growth. To combat mealybugs, you can use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove them or apply an insecticidal soap.

Overwatering: Adromischus cristatus is susceptible to root rot if overwatered. It's important to allow the soil to dry out between waterings and ensure proper drainage. Water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry and avoid letting it sit in standing water.

Leaf Drop: If you notice leaves dropping from your crinkle leaf plant, it could be due to inadequate light or temperature stress. Make sure the plant is receiving enough bright, indirect sunlight, and avoid placing it in drafty areas or near cold windows during winter.

Leaf Edges Browning: Browning leaf edges can indicate underwatering or low humidity levels. Check the soil moisture regularly and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. Increasing humidity around the plant by misting the leaves or using a humidifier can also help prevent leaf browning.

By keeping an eye out for these common issues and taking appropriate measures, you can ensure your Adromischus cristatus crinkle leaf plant stays healthy and beautiful!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do you take care of AdromischusCristatus?

    1. Place the plant in a location with full sun to partial shade. 
    2. Use well-draining soil specifically formulated for succulents. 
    3. Water the plant sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. 
    4. Maintain an indoor warm temperature range of 60-80°F. Outdoors, it is well-suited in USDA zone 9-11. 
    5. Provide good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases. 
    6. Fertilize the plant sparingly during the growing season. 
    7. Prune any dead or damaged leaves to maintain their appearance. 
    8. Propagate the plant through leaf or stem cuttings. 

  • How do you propagate AdromischusCristatus?

    1. Choose a healthy leaf or stem from the parent plant. 
    2. Let the leaf or stem cutting dry for a few days until the cut end forms a callus.
    3.  
    4. Prepare a well-draining potting mix for succulents. 
    5. Place the cutting on top of the soil or insert it slightly into the soil, depending on the type of cutting. 
    6. Keep the soil lightly moist until roots start to develop, then reduce watering. 
    7. Place the cutting in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. 
    8. After a few weeks, you should start seeing new growth indicating successful propagation.

  • Are Adromischus toxic?

    No, Adromischus plants are not known to be poisonous to humans or pets. They are generally considered safe. However, it's always a good idea to keep any plants out of reach of curious pets or children, just to be on the safe side.

  • How do you repot a crinkle leaf plant?

    1. Choose a new pot that is slightly larger than the current one, with good drainage holes at the bottom. 
    2. Gently remove the plant from its current pot, being careful not to damage the roots or leaves.
    3.  Shake off any excess soil from the roots. 
    4. Place a layer of well-draining soil in the bottom of the new pot.
    5.  
    6. Position the plant in the center of the pot and fill in the remaining space with fresh potting mix, gently pressing it down. 
    7. Water the plant lightly to help settle the soil. 
    8. Place the repotted plant in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. 
    9. Allow the plant to adjust to its new pot for a few days before resuming regular care. 

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Introducing the Adromischus cristatus, known as the crinkle leaf plant, which is a unique and visually striking succulent. Native to South Africa, it is a stunning member of the Adromischus genus, and is also known as a key lime pie succulent or ravioli plant. This plant is beloved by succulent enthusiasts for its distinctive crinkled leaves and compact growth habit. 

The crinkle leaf plant gets its common name, key lime pie plant, due to the resemblance of its leaves to the crinkled texture of a key lime pie. The leaves have unique ruffled edges that give them a crinkled appearance, similar to the crust of a pie.  


The Adromischus cristatus plant features thick, fleshy leaves that are green in color and are covered in tiny hairs. The leaves grow in a rosette formation and have pointed tips.

This slow-growing plant has a compact growth habit, making it suitable for small spaces such as windowsills or tabletops.

When fully grown, the crinkle leaf plant has a tall stem that can grow up to 6 inches tall and 8 inches wide. It is relatively small and compact, making it an ideal choice for indoor gardening or small succulent arrangements.

The flowers of Adromischus cristatus are small and tubular and can vary in color from pale pink to white. The flowers emerge on tall, slender stalks that rise above the foliage. While the blooms are not the main attraction of this plant, they add a delicate touch to its overall appearance.  

Propagation of the crinkle leaf plant can be done through stem or leaf cuttings. Simply take a healthy leaf or stem cuttings, then allow it to dry and callous for a few days. Then, plant it in well-drained soil and keep it lightly moist until the roots emerge. The plant can also produce offsets, which can be separated and planted individually to grow into new plants. Additionally, using a rooting hormone can help speed up the process of root development for quicker growth. 

Watering Needs 

To properly water your crinkle leaf plant, it's essential to follow a "soak and dry" method. This means thoroughly watering the plant until water drains out of the bottom of the pot and then allowing the soil to completely dry out before watering again. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other issues, so it's crucial to avoid keeping the soil consistently moist. 

The frequency of watering can vary depending on factors such as the temperature, humidity, and the type of potting mix used. In the spring and summer, during the growing season, you can water your Adromischus cristatus every 7-10 days. However, always check the moisture level of the soil before watering to ensure it has dried out sufficiently. 

During the dormant period in fall and winter, the crinkle leaf plant requires less frequent watering. Reduce the watering frequency to once every 2-3 weeks or when the soil has completely dried out. Remember, it's better to underwater than to overwater succulents, as they can withstand periods of drought better than excessive moisture. 

Light Requirements 

When grown indoors, the crinkle leaf plants prefer bright, indirect light for at least six hours. Find a spot near a window where it can receive a good amount of filtered sunlight. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves. If you notice the leaves stretching or leaning towards the light source, it's an indication that it needs more light. On the other hand, if the leaves start turning yellow or brown, they may be getting too much direct sunlight. 

When growing outdoors, it's important to acclimate it gradually to prevent sunburn. Start by placing it in a partially shaded area and gradually increase the exposure to full sun over a few weeks. Outdoors, your Adromischus cristatus can tolerate more direct sunlight than when kept indoors. However, it's still essential to provide some shade during the hottest parts of the day, especially in regions with intense sunlight. 

Remember, finding the right balance of light is key to the crinkle leaf plant's well-being. Whether indoors or outdoors, aim for bright, indirect light and make adjustments based on the plant's response. With proper lighting, your Adromischus cristatus will flourish and showcase its unique crinkled leaves for you to enjoy. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

The Adromischus cristatus favors very airy, sandy soil that drains well. Planting them in ordinary soil will result in compacted roots, stunted growth, and most likely root rot. Instead, make or buy a well-draining potting mix, or ideally use our specialized potting mix that contains 5 natural substrates and mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your succulent to thrive. 

When it comes to fertilizing, Adromischus cristatus doesn't require heavy feeding. During the spring growing season, you can apply a balanced (5-10-5), water-soluble NPK liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength. This means using half the recommended dosage on the fertilizer packaging. Apply the diluted fertilizer once a year to provide a gentle nutrient boost. 

During the dormant period in fall and winter, it's best to avoid fertilizing altogether. Succulents, including the crinkle leaf plant, naturally slow down their growth during this time, so they don't need as much nutrition. Over-fertilizing can lead to excessive growth and weak stems, so it's better to err on the side of caution and skip the fertilizer during the dormant season. 

Hardiness Zones & More 

When growing indoors, the crinkle leaf plant is well-suited to average warm temperatures between 65-75°F. It can tolerate slightly freezing temperatures down to 55°F but may suffer damage if exposed to frost or cold hardy temperatures. It's best to keep the plant away from drafts or extreme temperature fluctuations, such as near air conditioning vents or heaters. 

For outdoor cultivation, it is generally hardy in USDA hardiness zones 9-11. This means it can tolerate mild to warm climates where the average minimum temperatures. If you live in a colder region, you can still enjoy this plant by keeping it indoors or in containers that can be brought indoors during winter. 

The Adromischus cristatus is adaptable and can tolerate a range of humidity levels. It can thrive in typical indoor humidity, which is usually around 40-60%. If your home tends to be very dry, especially during winter months, you can increase humidity around the plant by placing a tray filled with water and pebbles nearby or using a humidifier. 

Final Thoughts 

Overall, the Adromischus cristatus (Crinkle leaf plant or key lime pie plant) is a fascinating succulent with its crinkled leaves and compact growth habit. Its unique appearance, resembling the texture of a key lime pie, adds to its charm. This plant is native to the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa and thrives in well-draining soil. It stays relatively small, making it perfect for indoor gardening or small spaces. Taking care of the crinkle leaf plant involves providing it with bright, indirect light, occasional watering, and well-draining soil. With a little love and attention, this stunning succulent will thrive in your home or garden. 

Bloom Season Spring, Summer
Botanical Name Adromischus cristatus
Common Name Cinkle leaf plant, Key lime pie succulent
Dormancy Winter
Family Crassulaceae
Flower Color Pale pink, white
Genus Adromischus
Growth Habit Clumping
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 6 in. tall, 8 in. wide
Native Area South Africa
Plant Type Succulent
Propagation By stem, leaf cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat tolerant, pest resistance, deer resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type our specialized potting mix
Special Features Easy to maintain
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Safe for humans, friendly to dogs, friendly to cats
Watering Needs Low

Pest & Common Problems of Adromischus cristatus

The Crinkle leaf Adromischus cristatus is generally a pest-resistant plant. However, it can be susceptible to a few common problems, including:

Mealybugs: These small, white, cotton-like insects can infest the plant, especially in warm and humid conditions. They feed on the plant's sap, causing yellowing leaves and stunted growth. To combat mealybugs, you can use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove them or apply an insecticidal soap.

Overwatering: Adromischus cristatus is susceptible to root rot if overwatered. It's important to allow the soil to dry out between waterings and ensure proper drainage. Water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry and avoid letting it sit in standing water.

Leaf Drop: If you notice leaves dropping from your crinkle leaf plant, it could be due to inadequate light or temperature stress. Make sure the plant is receiving enough bright, indirect sunlight, and avoid placing it in drafty areas or near cold windows during winter.

Leaf Edges Browning: Browning leaf edges can indicate underwatering or low humidity levels. Check the soil moisture regularly and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. Increasing humidity around the plant by misting the leaves or using a humidifier can also help prevent leaf browning.

By keeping an eye out for these common issues and taking appropriate measures, you can ensure your Adromischus cristatus crinkle leaf plant stays healthy and beautiful!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do you take care of AdromischusCristatus?

    1. Place the plant in a location with full sun to partial shade. 
    2. Use well-draining soil specifically formulated for succulents. 
    3. Water the plant sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. 
    4. Maintain an indoor warm temperature range of 60-80°F. Outdoors, it is well-suited in USDA zone 9-11. 
    5. Provide good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases. 
    6. Fertilize the plant sparingly during the growing season. 
    7. Prune any dead or damaged leaves to maintain their appearance. 
    8. Propagate the plant through leaf or stem cuttings. 

  • How do you propagate AdromischusCristatus?

    1. Choose a healthy leaf or stem from the parent plant. 
    2. Let the leaf or stem cutting dry for a few days until the cut end forms a callus.
    3.  
    4. Prepare a well-draining potting mix for succulents. 
    5. Place the cutting on top of the soil or insert it slightly into the soil, depending on the type of cutting. 
    6. Keep the soil lightly moist until roots start to develop, then reduce watering. 
    7. Place the cutting in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. 
    8. After a few weeks, you should start seeing new growth indicating successful propagation.

  • Are Adromischus toxic?

    No, Adromischus plants are not known to be poisonous to humans or pets. They are generally considered safe. However, it's always a good idea to keep any plants out of reach of curious pets or children, just to be on the safe side.

  • How do you repot a crinkle leaf plant?

    1. Choose a new pot that is slightly larger than the current one, with good drainage holes at the bottom. 
    2. Gently remove the plant from its current pot, being careful not to damage the roots or leaves.
    3.  Shake off any excess soil from the roots. 
    4. Place a layer of well-draining soil in the bottom of the new pot.
    5.  
    6. Position the plant in the center of the pot and fill in the remaining space with fresh potting mix, gently pressing it down. 
    7. Water the plant lightly to help settle the soil. 
    8. Place the repotted plant in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. 
    9. Allow the plant to adjust to its new pot for a few days before resuming regular care. 

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