July 27, 2020

How to Propagate and Maintain the Mini Pine Tree

The Crassula tetragona, also known as Mini Pine Tree, may not be as striking as other succulents in its infancy. However, once it grows, it provides a nice addition or variety in your collection or garden. The plant is among the easiest to propagate, and it is very resilient.

Appearance

The Crassula tetragona is a shrub type succulent plant with spiky leaves that curl upwards. Its leaves are bright green with contrasting white bloom. As its commonly known name implies, it mainly resembles a pine tree.

The Mini Pine Tree is an ideal partner to other dwarf shrub succulents. You can match it with plants in the Senecio genus like the Woolly Senecio. It is a nice companion to your Christmas tree during the Yuletide season too. It can stand on its own in any corner of your house or garden as well. The plant’s vibrant green overall color surely provides a refreshing visual to any area.

The miniature pine tree-looking succulent can reach up to three to four feet in height. As it matures, its stem gets thicker and sturdier. Its bark starts to have a more wooden look during aging.

Ideal Environment

The plant is native in the Southern African region so it naturally thrives in hot climates. However, it can still survive in environments along the 30-degree Fahrenheit mark. It can even survive in a freezing climate under the conditions that we will discuss going forward.

Like other succulents, a Mini Pine Tree that’s already acclimated in the North American region should get adequate sunlight but not in direct exposure to it. If used as an indoor plant in the US, make sure to position it near a window that is oriented on the south for it to get at least a few hours of sunlight. The best time to propagate it is during the spring or summer.

Propagation

The Mini Pine Tree can be propagated through its stem. Start by getting a pair of sharp and sterilized shears. Cut the stem cleanly, wash it gently in running water, and set aside the cutting to callus over.

Since the stems of the plant are very thin, it does not take that long for them to dry. You can use a rooting hormone to stimulate the growth of new roots from the node, but this is an optional step, and can be skipped if you prefer a chemical-free growth for your succulents.

Meanwhile, get some loose garden soil and fill your succulent plant pot or tray with it. Your chosen container should have small holes near the base to prevent overwatering the plant and prevent the stagnation of excess water in its base.

Once the Mini Pine Tree cutting’s flesh wound has already healed and dried up, simply stick it in the container that you prepared. For the meantime, don’t put it under direct sunlight until more roots start sprouting as the plant is very sensitive at this point. Sprinkle some water when the succulent starts getting very dry. The succulent should be completely rooted in four to six weeks.

During the cold season or winter, remember to transfer your succulent plant indoors. If it cannot get at least four hours of sunlight or if the lighting conditions are poor in your area, consider using grow lights for it.

Watch out for any sign of withering or drying in your Mini Pine Tree, and apply the necessary remedies if the situation calls for it.

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