Crassula Mesembryanthemoides ‘Tenelli’

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Crassula Mesembryanthemoides ‘Tenelli’, commonly known as Tenelli Stonecrop, is a stunning perennial succulent that originates from the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Belonging to the Crassulaceae family, this succulent is highly valued for its captivating appearance and unique characteristics.

Overview and Characteristics 

Crassula Mesembryanthemoides ‘Tenelli’ is a succulent with a tiny height (8-10 inches). The stems are perfect, with a vibrant green near the base and cream or yellow at the top. In addition, the stems are the main support to hold the leaves and the flowers.

Tenelli Stonecrop leaves are small, about 0.5 to 1.5 inches long (roughly 1 to 4 cm), and closely packed along the stems. These leaves can be slightly triangular. It also has tiny white hair on the surface. This tiny white hair can protect the leaves from direct sunlight, especially in scorching areas. Moreover, they can be a layer to help the leaves adapt to fluctuating temperatures.

Tenelli Stonecrop’s flowers are small, about a fingertip or a button on your shirt. Its flowers are also like a star and promise to lighten your garden. The end of winter and the beginning of spring is wonderful timing for its flowers to bloom, but they just last for a while.

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Care Tips for Crassula Mesembryanthemoides ‘Tenelli’ 

To ensure the healthy growth of your Crassula Mesembryanthemoides ‘Tenelli’, providing the proper care and conditions is essential. Here are some care tips to help you cultivate this great succulent:

Lighting: Tenelli Stonecrop thrives in bright, indirect light. It is ideal to put near a window with filtered sunlight or in a well-lit area. However, direct and intense sunlight should be avoided as it may cause sunburn.

Temperature and Humidity: This succulent prefers moderate temperatures ranging between 60°F and 75°F (15°C and 24°C). While it can tolerate higher temperatures, protecting it from extreme heat is recommended. Crassula Mesembryanthemoides ‘Tenelli’ adapts well to average household humidity levels.

Watering: Like most succulents, Tenelli Stonecrop has low water requirements. Allowing the soil to dry thoroughly between each watering session is important. Water the plant thoroughly but infrequently, ensuring your pot has a draining function to prevent your roots from rotting.

Soil and Potting: Plant your Crassula Mesembryanthemoides ‘Tenelli’ in a well-draining succulent or cactus soil mix. The soil should be formulated to provide excellent drainage. Potting soil blends with coarse sand and perlite suit this succulent.

Propagation: You can propagate this Crassula through stem cuttings. Allow the cuttings to dry for a few days before placing them in well-draining soil. Follow all the care guide above to get the healthiest succulent.

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Pests and Diseases

Mealybugs and aphids can be occasional pests. Check your plant regularly, and if you spot any, remove them with a soft brush or use insecticidal soap.

Overwatering is also a threat to your succulent’s growth. Make sure you water it with an appropriate amount and suitable frequency. You can refer to the information above for details.


Crassula Mesembryanthemoides ‘Tenelli’, with its unique structure and beautiful coloration, is a succulent that deserves a prominent place in your collection. By providing the right care and creating suitable growing conditions, you can see its beauty appeal to your living spaces.

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