Jade Plant: Good Luck Air Purifying Plant – Details and Care Tips
Jade plants are common house plants across the globe. There are multiple varieties of the Jade plants. It is considered as a good luck plant and can be grown outdoor and indoor both with proper sun light. These are succulents which store water in their leaves. If you are growing indoor, please keep at least once a week outside in sun for proper growth.
Quick Details of Jade Plant
|Common Varieties||Portulacaria afra, Crassula ovata and Variegated Jade Plant|
|Other Common Names||Lucky Plant, Money Plant or Money Tree, Elephant Bush|
|Type||Indoor/Outdoor Succulent Plants|
|Maintenance||Low / Moderate depending where you keep the plant|
|Flowering||Summers but only in natural conditions|
|Light||Direct /Indirect Sunlight|
|Water||Low (Just keep soil moist)|
|Soil||Well drainage soil|
|Fertilizer||Seaweed liquid solution|
|Habitat||Majority of the varieties come from South Africa|
|Toxicity||Mildly Poisonous to humans|
|Common Diseases||Leaf dropping, Root Rotting, Mealy Bugs|
Jade Plant Overview
The jade plant is an evergreen with thick branches. It has thick, shiny, smooth leaves that grow in opposing pairs along the branches. Leaves are a rich jade green, although some may appear to be more of a yellow-green. Jade plants can be used as a Table top plant or for decoration purpose at home or office.
Multiple varieties are available for Jade plant. Jade plant is native to the Eastern Cape of South Africa and Mozambique and KwaZulu-Natal province, This is one of the most common house plants across the world.
General Care for Jade Plant
Just do right watering to Jade Plant
Jade plants do not like completely dry soil. It is good to keep soil moist but not wet in the spring and summer, when the plant is actively growing. Allow the top soil to dry between watering in winter. So not follow any particular schedule for watering the Jade plant. Adjust your watering as per the weather and temperature in your area.
Do not splash water on leaves
Splashing water on the leaves of the Jade plant while watering can lead to rotting of the leaves. Also if you splash water on the leaves it leaves water marks on the leaves which does not look good. If you put water on the leaves, make sure you are properly wiping out the water with the help of cotton or tissue paper.
Prune the Jade plant for making it more bushy
Keep pruning you jade plant if you want a busy Jade Plant. Whenever you cut the tip of the plant it grow two branches from the same place.
Provide proper sunlight to your Jade plant
This plant can be kept indoors or outdoors, any place. Typically, in Bangalore like whether conditions water this once a week in the summer and once in 8 to 10 days in winters or when you see the soil is completely dry. Keep plant out in sunlight at least once a week for 4-5 hours. If they do not have full sun, they may become stunted and leggy.
Right Fertilizer for your Jade plant
- Use a very small amount of seaweed fertilizer once every 3 to 4 months as per instructions on seaweed bottle.
- Alternatively you can use vermicompost to fertilize you jade plant.
Pests and Other Problem with Jade Plant
Leaves Dropping: Normally leaves drop if plant is not getting proper sunlight or something is wrong with the watering for the plant. Jade plant need just moist soil. So less watering and over watering both can cause leaves drop.
Mealy Bugs: If plant is having mild attack of Mealy Bugs you can spray mild soap water on the affected area. Click Here Read more about treating Mealy Bugs.
Propagation of Jade Plant:
Jade plant is one of the easiest plant to propagate. You can propagate the Jade plant from cuttings. Take river sand or normal well draining soil. Make a small hole in the soil and place the cutting into the hole gently so that tissues are not damaging. For fast growth you can apply rooting hormone as well.