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Care of jade plants -- tips and tricks

How to grow jade plants -- tips and tricks
What are jade plants?

The scientific name of the plant we commonly call "jade plant" is Crassula ovata. It is a succulent plant native to South Africa, but can be commonly seen outside homes and in shops in southeast Asia due to its auspicious qualities.

Since its leaves take the round shape of coins, it is considered an auspicious way to attract wealth to a home or business. In this application, it is commonly used for bonsai as the plant is easy to shape.

Care of your jade plant

Choosing your jade plant

First, choose a lucky jade plant that is green and healthy. Bruising or insect damage are signs of an unhealthy plant, as are drooping yellow leaves.

Warning: Jade plants are especially prone to mealybugs, so check the undersides of the leaves before selecting a plant.

jade plant Potting your jade plant

Select a pot with drainage holes for your jade plant, and use a top dressing of small stones or grit. Use a proportionally smaller pot if your plant is a compact form cultivar.

Watering your jade plant

Jade plants should be watered only as-needed, as root rot from excessive water will kill the plant. Use a toothpick or small wooden dowel to check the dampness of the soil. A clean toothpick means it is dry all the way down, so that would be a good time for watering.

Help, why are the leaves turning yellow?

If your jade plant turns yellow, it is getting too much water. These plants need fairly dry conditions to thrive. Pour off the excess water as best as you can, or even repot the whole plant in a dry potting mix. If you opt for repotting, let it dry out for several days before even thinking about watering it again.

Fertilizer for your jade plant

Jade plants are grown in a non-soil potting mix intended for cactus and palms. They do not require fertilizer.

Lighting for your jade plant

While commonly green, the leaves of the jade plant can acquire a reddish tinge to the edge of the leaves with sufficient exposure to bright light. It is considered a full sun plant, but it likes a cooler dry place during the winter when it is flowering.

Propagation of your jade plant

This plant can be propagated by removing a leaf at the base and letting the cut edge callus over. Once that is done, place the leaf on the plant's soil so it can grow new roots. Roots will grow wherever the leaf's base is in contact with sufficient moisture.

Happy growing!

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