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Question: identification?

Excuse me, can you tell me what kind of plant it is? I had it for 3 years, it was just a 7cm tall sprig, I would also need advice on how to grow it.
Thank you very much for your future reply

Answer: identification?

Dear Francesco,
your plant is a crassula, a succulent plant, native to South Africa; I can't really understand the species, because the photo is very small, and the leaves have a strange lengthened development; we would say a crassula ovata, or a crassula argentea, or one of the most widespread varieties of crassula.
As with any other succulent, even your crassula loves fairly small vessels, filled with a very draining substrate, consisting of universal soil, mixed with sand, or lapillus, or pumice stone; avoid watering excessively, and supply water only when the soil is dry, from March to September; in the cold months it waters only sporadically, and only if the plant is cultivated in a warm place. The crassulas of these species can also live in the garden, but they fear frost and soil moisture; therefore they are often kept in a cold greenhouse, or sheltered by a terrace.
Generally speaking, they need good lighting throughout the year, possibly direct sunlight; during the hottest hours of the summer months a semi-shading is appreciated, to prevent the leaves from burning. If you have kept your crassula always at home, without direct sunlight, it is the case that you expose it to sunlight gradually, starting from short periods in a bright area.
In the vegetative period you can supply fertilizer, every 20-30 days, but choose a specific fertilizer for succulent plants, poor in nitrogen.
The well-cultivated crassula tend over time to form a wide roundish crown, and to have the appearance of a small succulent tree; they are often used to produce very elegant indoor bonsai.
It bears prunings well enough, even drastic ones, to give shape to the foliage.
It propagates by cutting, by branch or by leaf; it is sufficient to remove a leaf, choosing a healthy and beautiful turgid, and insert it for some millimeters into a soil similar to that present in the plant's vase, but always moist; a small rosette of succulent leaves will emerge from the base of the leaf, which will soon form a new plant.
Plants that spend the winter in the cold, with temperatures between five and eight degrees, fill with small star-shaped white flowers between the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
It is a succulent very easy to grow, since any cultivation error clearly manifests itself in the foliage, which falls and dries up in the event of prolonged drought or excess watering, allowing us to quickly fix the problem.