The Mini Pine Tree Succulent ‘Crassula Tetragona’

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Crassula Tetragona is typically referred to as the miniature pine tree, which is vertical upright branches alongside a few attractive green leaves. Primarily, it grows up to approximately 4 feet in height at its maturity stage. This tree mainly presents white blooms and flowers, especially during the spring or summer. Sometimes the plant resembles the famous miniature Joshua plant. When this particular plant gets old, it starts developing a trunk on it, and eventually, its branches fall out.

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According to the recent Crassula tetragona reviews, the plant originates explicitly from the African continent and closely resembles the incredible Jade plant. You can easily plant it around your compound as a houseplant, particularly on the sunny window sill. Afterward, you will notice that your Succulent plant leaves’ look brownish, yellow black. Therefore, you must take the plant outside during the sunny session and revert it when the temperatures are freezing.

The miniature pine tree succulent plant is the best option, especially for newbies who aren’t succulent enthusiasts. The plant is easier to grow and even pocket-friendly. It also attracts massive kids and thus boosting their growth. If you are a professional gardener, you can comfortably grow it as a bonsai plant. Besides that, you can grow it in a unique ornamental pot at your respective home or office.

Subspecies of Crassula Tetragona

  • Crassula Tetragona Subs. Lignescens.
  • Crassula Tetragona Subs. Acutifolia.
  • Crassula Tetragona Subs. Connivens.
  • Crassula Tetragona Subs. Robusta.

Crassula Tetragona Care

Here are some of the top-notch factors you need to consider when growing the Crassula tetragona plant: 

#1. Temperature  

Crassula tetragona plant usually requires partial shade or full sun for steady growth. In most cases, they require little shade during the hottest summer season, but they need brighter light to maintain their striking color. You can ensure this with morning sun and even the shade to increment its full vibrant color. Please note that this plant is relatively sensitive to various temperature surroundings. When the temperature is hotter, they probably go dormant and fall their entire lower leaves late.

On the other hand, cold temperatures make them pout and even reduce their growth capability. Furthermore, they mainly laugh off both abuse and neglect. Whenever they are planted on the ground, they spread out their suckers, which becomes their primary challenge. Conversely, Crassula tetragona grows slowly and thus can be easily controlled with a bit of workforce.

If your succulent plant develops leggy or straggly posture, be sure to cut them back.

#2. Watering   

These plants are often hardy; therefore, they don’t require more water to rise to the pinnacle. Typically, they mostly hold water in their leaves; thus, they don’t require additional water from your watering container. But it would help if you watered them at least once a week. The rule of thumb is to water them when the soil inside the succulent growing can is drier. Always make sure that the soil inside it dries out permanently between the watering period.

But if that soil isn’t much dry dirt or crumbly, avoid watering it. You should ensure your houseplant’s soil is moist daily.

#3. Season   

Primarily, the Crassula tetragona plant rapidly grows during the summer and spring. Thus, you are required to water them frequently, especially during their growing stage. They mainly take out more water from the soil faster as they manufacture new blooms, roots, stems, and leaves. It is advisable to water them at least three times a week based on temperature and light factors.

Remember, during the winter season, most succulent plants go dormant. During this period, its growth stops, and there you need to be watering them at least twice or once in the whole season. The unique way to terminate a succulent’s growth is to supply it with more water during the winter. Therefore, keep off watering them from November to March. Let the Crassula tetragona plant have a peaceful sleep during the aridity season.

#4. Container size

Please make sure you grow succulent plants in a larger container to reduce the duration you watered them because their soil mainly retains water for long hours. With small containers, you will be required to water them more often because their soil dries out quickly.

#5. Humidity  

In most scenarios, the Crassula tetragona plant in extensive humidity and even cool temperatures will probably require less watering than those in hot and dry regions. This mostly happens because those plants retain moisture longer duration. However, if you plan on a great patio fully sun Phoenix, consider watering them frequently.

On the other hand, when they partially sun on a specific deck based in San Francisco, you must water them once every two weeks.

#6. Soil

You need to analyze various soil features and textures to achieve extraordinary in the succulent growing environment. Most experience succulent’s gardener will not grow their plants using a familiar Crassula tetragona potting soil twice. These plants mainly grow in arid areas alongside seasonal rainfall. Therefore, the Succulents plants have evenly adapted to places with little water at most.

Their roots can rapidly absorb water, and their leaves and stems can store this water for months or weeks. Besides that, their soil is differently made from a wide range of ordinary garden soil. These soils should have a solid capability to hold the Succulents plants and retain little moisture physically. Also, they should have proper drainage, particularly in rainy places, to prevent the plant from rotting.

The soil used in the garden for native landscape plants probably differs from what people use in succulent cans. Many specialists worldwide usually mix versatile succulent potting to suit a wide range of plants such as true desert, cod-tolerant Alpine, and many more.


#7. Pruning

Due to Crassula Tetragona plants being one of the slower-growing species, they do not require much maintenance like pruning. That said, you should always prune it when it’s damaged or overgrown. Always use protective gear such as gloves and sharp, clean gardening shears or scissors when pruning.

To prune your Crassula Tetragona, determine which parts need to be trimmed off. If there are any damaged or dead parts, it’s crucial to ensure you remove the entire lousy spot. If you’re pruning due to the plant overgrowing, start by cutting off.

#8. Pests & Diseases

Only about a handful of pests, such as mealybugs, aphids, scale insects, and spider mites, are attracted to Crassula Tetragona plants. However, these pests can cause quite an array of damage if they’re not dealt with as soon as possible. Pests usually hang out underneath the plant leaves or at the top of the soil.

As for diseases, there are a few common ones. As mentioned earlier, Crassula Tetragona is prone to the discoloration of leaves, which can lead to diseases if not managed. Moreover, these plants can experience diseases such as dark spots on their leaves, decaying leaves, and rotting from the disease on the stems and leaves.

#9. Common Problems

Common problems with Crassula Tetragona plants are usually problems with the leaves. For instance, the leaves of the plant will begin to turn brown if the plant is left in direct sunlight for an extensive period. This is because the sun can burn the leaves, with the possibility of the plant dying. Then there is the problem of the leaves withering away from lack of water. This plant should be watered each time the soil is dried; failure to do so leads to the leaves drying and falling off. And last but not least, overwatering can cause the leaves to become brown and soft. For the most part, these common problems are fixable unless they’ve been ignored for too long, in which case they’ll be difficult or impossible to mend.

Mature Crassula Tetragona Size

Succulents’ plants’ size varies with particular species, from various shrubs between feet height to micro specimens of many inches. Please note that growing conditions are crucial in how rapidly and even larger they grow. Since Crassula tetragona plants don’t require any shaping or pruning, they will probably continue to thrive. 

Is Crassula Tetragona Inside Or Outside Plants?  

The succulents’ tree is one of the many plants that can ideally grow both outside and inside your house. Whether outside or inside the house, ensure you offer an appropriate potting mix to increase their survival chances. If you consider the indoor perspective, then ensure there is lighter. They require approximately 4 to 6 hours of light daily.  


Crassula Tetragona can be propagated using stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, or seeds from the parent plant. Each available method is safe for Dracaena and can quickly be done at home by following the instructions below.

Method 1: Stem Cutting Propagation

Step 1: Determine which stem is healthy and mature enough to be propagated.

Step 2: Carefully cut off the stem using a sharp knife.

Step 3: Shake or rinse any excess soil off the cutting and set it in a dry place to allow it time to callous. Callousing typically takes between one and three days since they’re not too big.

Step 4: Fill the new pot about 3/4 of the way up with well-draining soil and plant the stem cutting in the soil.

Step 5: Water the cutting each time the soil is dry and place the pot in indirect sunlight.

Method 2: Leaf Cutting Propagation

Step 1: Choose two healthy, grown leaves to remove. These leaves should be closer to the base of the plant.

Step 2: Gently cut the entire leaf off with some gardening shear, then cut them into three different segments.

Step 3: Plant the leaf cuttings into a new pot with 3/4 of the well-draining soil.

Step 4: Do not water the cuttings; lightly spray them with a mist of water instead. It’s recommended not to water them for a few weeks after planting.

Method 3: Seed Propagation

Step 1: Plant the Crassula Tetragona seeds in a new pot with 3/4 of the soil.

Step 2: Place the pot in indirect sunlight and water it as needed to moisten the soil.


Crassula Tetragona, also known as Mini Pine Tree, is the perfect addition to any succulent collection as its unique appearance allows it to stand out in a group. It’s also great for first-time or busy gardeners since it requires little attention. By following this easy-to-follow guide, you, too, can raise a Crassula Tetragona at home.

Succulent City chief editor


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