The 3 Most Common Pagoda Succulents: Care and Propagation Guide

Resembling the shape of an Asian tower known as a pagoda, the densely stacked leaves and vivid colors of pagoda succulents could make your garden more appealing. Unfortunately, many are challenged in growing and propagating them.

The main reason is that, unlike other plants, they require a unique approach when it comes to caring. For example, exposing them to direct sunlight for extended periods could make their leaves brown and wrinkled. Also, too much moisture and water could cause their roots to rot.

This post will explain the main traits of three different pagoda succulents and how to take care of them. We’ll also look at some methods on how to propagate this plant. So, stick around to learn more.

1. Pagoda Village

Red Pagoda Succulent

Known as the Crassula capitella, the Pagoda Village has two subspecies.

The first one is called Red Pagoda. It has neatly-stacked triangular leaves with reddish tips that look like a rosette. Also known as Shark’s Tooth Crassula, this shrub could grow up to 8 inches long. It has the scientific name of Crassula capitella thyrsiflora.

The second subspecies, known as Crassula ‘Pagoda Village,’ also has a rosette-shaped leaf formation like the Red Pagoda. However, this one has a somewhat different color. It changes from green to red and then purple.

How to Take Care of Pagoda Village

Similar to other succulents, the Pagoda Village needs plenty of sunlight. However, prolonged exposure to sunlight could make its leaves turn brown and wrinkled. So, you need to put it in a place where it can get enough sunlight in the morning and less direct sunlight at noon.

Likewise, make sure that you don’t water it excessively. Only give it water when the soil is completely dry. A plant moisture meter could help you gauge the soil’s moisture level.

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Propagate Your Pagoda Village

Isn’t it nice to make replicas of our plants? To do that, you need to learn the art and science of propagation. There are a few ways to do this.

You can try the cutting method wherein you cut a leaf and plant it in the soil. However, you might want to apply fungicide before planting it.

You may also want to try the offsetting method. You can achieve this by removing a baby plant that grows at the foot of the parent plant. Once removed, you can transfer it to a different spot.

You can also give the division method a shot. You may begin by digging the whole plant, dividing it with a sterilized knife into two parts, and then replanting them.

However, be reminded that you can only apply all these methods when your Pagoda Village is already 2 to 3 years old.

2. Pagoda Mini Jade

Mini jade in black pot

A native to South Africa, the Pagoda Mini Jade is a branched succulent that is loved by many for its low upkeep. Many also admire this plant for its versatility.

Its flat, small, and stacked leaves and quadrilateral shape could easily complement just about any part of the house. It could adorn your garden and courtyard. It could also enhance indoor fixtures like windows and complement furniture like coffee tables.

This plant could grow as high as 10 inches while its cream-colored tubular flowers could grow up to almost half an inch. However, being a monocarpic plant, expect its stems to die after flowering. In situations like this, all you have to do is wait for new stems to grow.

How to Take Care of Pagoda Mini Jade

Make sure that you plant your Pagoda Mini Jade in loose and ventilated soil. This will make diseases and insects stay away from the plant.

To provide nutrients, the soil’s middle layer should have certain components such as peat moss, vermiculite, volcanic rock, and perlite.

The soil should also have the ability to remove excess water to prevent the roots from rotting. That said, consider putting some charcoal at the bottom of the pot. 

Adequate sunlight ensures that its color stays radiant and tissues resilient, so make sure the plant gets a lot. Enough sunlight will also avoid the plant from losing its shape. However, you may want to put it in a more shaded area during summer so that it could grow naturally.

The Pagoda Mini Jade doesn’t need much water, but make sure that you water it once a week when the weather is hot. Additionally, be watchful of its leaves and soil moisture. Curled leaves and dry soil will tell you that the plant lacks water.

Propagate Your Pagoda Mini Jade

Begin propagating your Pagoda Mini Jade by cutting a stem and waiting for a few days for the wound callus. You might want to apply some sulfur powder to the wound to prevent fungi from developing. Plant the stem the moment the wound is healed and then give the soil some water.

You can use the same method with a leaf but just make sure that you plant it in humid soil. Moreover, it’ll help if you could let it sit in a place with a temperature of at least 25 ℃ in the next couple of weeks.

Planting seeds is another way to propagate your Pagoda Mini Jade. However, you might find it challenging. Needless to say, seeds take time to germinate. So, sow the seeds in soil that can drain quickly. This will help the seed to germinate and grow fast.

Close up Pagoda Succulent

3. Pagoda Plant

Commonly known as String of Buttons, this pagoda succulent is also native to South Africa. Some folks call it Necklace Vine, while others call it Pagoda Plant.

Regardless of the name, those who are new to the world of succulents will enjoy growing this plant. That’s because it doesn’t take super know-how to take care of and maintain a Pagoda Plant.

On top of that, its fleshy green leaves adorned with pink edges and unique growth pattern makes it an eye-catching piece. While it can grow up to about 40 inches long in an erect posture, this shrub tends to bow low over time.

Moreover, String of Buttons produces light yellow star-shaped flowers during spring. They add to the overall decorative characteristics of this plant.

As an added note, its scientific name is Crassula perforata. Perforata in English means pierced, which refers to its perforated leaves.

How to Take Care of Pagoda Plants

Like other pagoda succulents, Pagoda Plants also need plenty of sunlight. Sunlight could help them develop a much richer color. However, it’s best to bring them outdoors when the sun isn’t at its hottest.

As a rule of thumb, give the plant indirect sunlight the whole day or no more than 6 hours per day of direct sunlight. Likewise, consider planting them in potting soil designed for succulents. This will prevent its roots from decaying.

You should also provide the plant with enough water, especially during spring and summer. However, give the plant less water during fall.

Propagate Your Pagoda Plants

There are a few ways to propagate Pagoda Plants, but the quickest and easiest is stem cutting. It offers a higher chance of success compared to other procedures such as the leaf and offset propagation technique.

All you have to do is to get stem cuttings from a healthy String of Buttons plant. Using a stressed plant won’t work. After that, wait for the cut to heal and then plant it in well-draining potting soil.

Keep the stem cutting away from direct sunlight and water it when the soil gets dry. Expect the roots to grow within two weeks.

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Final Thoughts

Based on what we’ve seen, pagoda succulents are easy to maintain regardless of their kind. They also make gorgeous decorations both in our gardens and living rooms.

On top of that, you don’t have to be an expert gardener to propagate this plant. You just have to be mindful of the seasons, soil conditions, and the plant’s physical appearance to ensure that your pagoda succulents will grow healthy and beautiful.