Growing Jade Plants: Additional Tips to Remember
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Jade plant, also known as Money plant, is the most popular succulent. There are many people who grow this gorgeous plant in their home. Jade plant (Casssula ovata) is very easy to care for, so it’s ideal for beginner gardeners or those who don’t want to spend a lot of time caring for their houseplants.
This plant is famous for its glossy, jade green leaves (hence the name). Some of the leaves have a slightly red tinge on the edges, but this typically happens only when the plant is subjected to high light levels, which is not the best thing to do. The leaves are typically fleshy and smooth.
This plant develops thick branches with leaves. New stem growth starts out the same color as the leaves but it becomes woody and brown in time. It means that you can prune this plant without much problem, even if you are a beginner.
Jade plants can live for decades. Over the course of their lifetime, they can easily reach the height of 12 feet (4 meters) and 3 feet (1 meter) in width. These plants do need their space so keep this in mind if you wish to grow a Jade plant in your home. That being said, those living in smaller spaces don’t need to worry: it takes years for a Jade plant to reach this size. You can grow it even in a smaller space.
Here are the proper growing conditions that you need to provide to your Jade plant in order to make it thrive. Keep in mind that these plants are not difficult to grow but they do require some specific growing conditions that you need to meet. Here are the most important things to keep in mind:
The good news is that you won’t need to repot your Jade plant often. This plant belongs to the Crassula genus and these plants can happily grow in the same pot for years. This is a great advantage for all people looking for a low-maintenance plant. The fact that Jade plants don’t need to be repotted often is great because these plants can grow very big and heavy. It means that they may be difficult to move and manipulate during repotting. This is definitely not something you want to do every year.
When the plant needs repotting make sure to do it in the Spring. It is best to repot your Jade plant in a free draining compost mix. After repotting your Jade plant, make sure to be very careful with watering until you notice the new growth appearing. Make sure not to over-water before you spot the new growth.
If you wish to propagate your Jade plant, it is best done through leaf cuttings or stem cuttings. When the leaves fall off the plant, wait for a few days so that their edges become slightly dry. After this, take them and simply bury them in soil. When potting the leaves, make sure that the end that was attached to the stem is exposed and above the ground. Make sure to keep the cuttings warm and give them bright light but not direct sunlight. The soil should remain barely moist.
You should notice new growth soon. The new plants will start appearing out of the soil around the base of the leaves. This typically happens a few weeks to a few months after you plant them. These are fast growing so you will soon have many new Jade plants in your home.
Another way to propagate your Jade plant is through stem cuttings. The process is the same as the one for leaf cuttings. The only difference is that you will be burying part of the stem instead of the leaves. This method is known to be quicker and often more effective form of propagating Jade plants. It typically gives great results and produces new plants very fast.
Here are some additional things you need to know about Jade plants: