Jade Plant

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata

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A popular house plant, Jade Plant care is easy.

Its tree-like woody branches are covered with shiny, plump, spoon-shaped green leaves that are sometimes tinged in crimson.

Plants that are several years old may produce clusters of white, star-shaped flowers if given enough sun.

Native to South Africa, this many-branched, succulent shrub tolerates the dry environment of warm, heated homes well.

This South African succulent doesn't need much attention at all. Just put it in a bright location. Wait till the top of the soil is dry before watering because succulent plants store water. It branches naturally, so it doesn't need pruning.

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Slow-growing, it only needs repotted when it outgrows its container, probably every 2-3 years. Put your plant in a heavy container to help balance its weight -- it can get top-heavy. Also, be sure to use a container with a drainage hole to keep the soil from getting soggy.

Jade plant problems are few. Watch for mealybugs -- the white, fuzzy bugs that attach themselves to the leaves and stems. A wilted plant could be a sign of an infestation. However, overwatering could also cause wilting.

Jade Plant Care Tips

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Origin: South Africa

Height: Up to 3 ft (90 cm). When grown as a bonsai, jade plant only reaches 1 ft (30 cm) or less.

Light: Bright light with some direct sun.

Water: Allow soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Dropped leaves or brown spots on leaves are signs that the plant needs more water.

Humidity: Average room humidity. Will tolerate dry air.

Temperature: Average room temperatures 60-75°F, 15-24°C

Soil: 2 parts peat moss-based potting mix and 1 part sharp sand or perlite.

Fertilizer: Feed monthly from spring through fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half. Do not feed in winter.

Propagation: Take leaf cuttings or stem cuttings in spring. Allow cuttings to dry out for about 5 days (to prevent them from oozing sap) before potting them in moist potting mix.

Green Thumb Tip

Brown, shriveled spots on leaves or dropping leaves are signs that the soil is too dry.

Keep this plant on the dry side, but don't allow it to dry out completely.

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Did you know...

What sets this Crassulaceae plant apart from many other types of succulents is its branched, tree-like form.

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The fleshy leaves are sometimes edged in red.