Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Does anyone know what this guy is?

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krystenr1
Jun 12, 2017 4:23 PM CST

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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jun 12, 2017 4:30 PM CST

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Crassula tetragona

Miniature Pine Tree (Crassula tetragona)
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krystenr1
Jun 14, 2017 10:54 AM CST
Thank you! Water monthly in the summer, or more often?
Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jun 14, 2017 12:07 PM CST

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It depends on the exposure and the temperature. Indoors, with hours of daily sun, I'd water weekly. With less sun, maybe every 10-14 days. Ideally aim for when the soil is drying out, not much sooner, but there's no advantage to leaving the soil bone dry for any extended period.
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krystenr1
Jun 19, 2017 8:46 AM CST
It's inside in a corner in my apartment in SoCal where it gets sun exposure from both an east-facing window and a south-facing window. It has several hours of direct sunlight in the AM hours and then indirect bright sunlight for the remainder of the day. It has been shooting out very impressively long air roots on a few branches, so I pulled those branch sections and stuck them in the soil. I'll continue to water once a week. Here
Name: Steve Claggett
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madcratebuilder
Jun 21, 2017 11:39 AM CST
You should not water based on a time table. You water when the soil has been dry for a period of time. I water my mini pine about every week, more often in hot weather.
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krystenr1
Jun 21, 2017 12:53 PM CST
What period of dry soil time though? It gets hot and dry here, so it is always dry after a week. Are you saying I should let it be dry for longer or...?
Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jun 21, 2017 1:45 PM CST

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There is no advantage to waiting any period of time with the soil bone dry. Once it's going dry, it's time to water. Not sooner, but not a whole lot later.

And actually I do recommend following a time table when you water, to the extent that schedule is based on when the soil goes dry. Which can be remarkably predictable given the same light, temperature, and humidity... like in an indoor climate-controlled setting. I water my indoor plants on a schedule every 1-2 weeks depending on the size of the pot.
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krystenr1
Jun 21, 2017 2:03 PM CST
Baja_Costero said:There is no advantage to waiting any period of time with the soil bone dry. Once it's going dry, it's time to water. Not sooner, but not a whole lot later.

And actually I do recommend following a time table when you water, to the extent that schedule is based on when the soil goes dry. Which can be remarkably predictable given the same light, temperature, and humidity... like in an indoor climate-controlled setting. I water my indoor plants on a schedule every 1-2 weeks depending on the size of the pot.


Perfect, thanks! I'll keep up what I've been doing then, as it seems happy!
Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jun 21, 2017 2:22 PM CST

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Sounds good. If the light or the temperature change, revise your schedule. It can't hurt to check the soil moisture now and then to make sure you're on track.

There is clearly more than one way to take care of a succulent, and they're all valid when the plant thrives. I'm just sharing what has worked for me.

And by the way, this is a fun plant to propagate and play with. If you want to try an experiment, chop the top half off a few of the tallest stems (I use a nail scissor). The plant will respond by branching at the cuts, and you get a handful of cuttings to start in a new pot. It's a win-win situation.

To root the cuttings, carefully remove the bottom pair of leaves and push the bottom half inch (1cm) or so of the stem into fresh soil. Basically up to the next pair of leaves, so it stays put. Wait a week to water and then water normally from there on out. You should see new top growth within a few weeks. As soon as the new plants are twice their original size (months), they're ready to be beheaded again. I like to hand this plant out in my propagation workshops, because it's beginner level, not huge, not spiny, and multiplies quickly. Kind of checks all the boxes. Smiling
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Jun 21, 2017 11:03 PM CST
So True Baja! When your climate is so consistant, the plant probably becomes thirsty the same day of the week, Oh, I would love that. Smiling

I see what you mean tho Krystenr1 though, about watering this. The pot is deep and probably pretty heavy when watered. Not a very finger friendly specimen for checking moisture. If it were me, I would get a barbeque skewer and check the plants dryness with that. Super easy, and very accurate.

Such a beautiful plant. Congrats.
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krystenr1
Jun 21, 2017 11:51 PM CST
Thanks everyone!

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