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Jade Plants ( Crassula ovata )




Jade forest 6/16  I've had such good success growing orchids in clay pellets I decided to try Jade plants. These cuttings are about 4 months along, it should make a great bonsai  forest in a year or so

Jade forest 6/16
I’ve had such good success growing orchids in clay pellets I decided to try Jade plants. These cuttings are about 4 months along, it should make a great bonsai forest in a year or so


Jade plants are pretty easy to grow, grow fast and are inexpensive. All of this makes them popular house plants.

Like most succulents Jade plants want bright sunny windows. The more sun the better. Jades prefer temperatures between 55′-75′ so keep them indoors even in the summer. Also keep them away from drafty windows.

Soil should be thoroughly soaked when watering, then allowed to become slightly dry. Do not allow this plant to sit in water. If the plant needs to be watered less than once a week, it needs more sun and or a sandier planting mix. Jades quickly rot when sitting in damp soil.

The best way to water Jade plants is to stick them in the kitchen sink, spray the leaves and let the water run into the soil. After they drain put them back in the window. Since these plants grow so large so fast this is not always possible.

Use a cactus mix soil 50% with regular potting soil making up the other 50%. Or if you’ve sand handy mix half sand and half potting soil.

Happy Jade plants will flower for you. The leaves should be a medium green with red tips. Too much red means too much sun, no red edge means the Jade requires more sun, especially if you want to have it flower.

To propagate a jade plant trim off a branch and place in a pot with soil and keep damp. You’ll find they root painlessly.

See also:
Cactus and Succulents
A little known way to save a jade from rot

Credits:
Jade Leaf photo
Jade stem photo