The Crassula ovata (or Jade Plant) originates from South Africa. The word crassus in Latin means “thick”. The name Crassula was given to this group of succulent plants because they have thick leaves and stems as a way of storing water – a necessary resource in hot desert plains. The Jade in particular is known for its upright, treelike appearance and glossy green, spoon-shaped leaves. Positioned in bright light, the leaves can develop a red hue around their edges.
Bright indirect light to a few hours of direct sun. Not suited for low light conditions.
Water every one to two weeks allowing soil to dry out completely between waterings. Increase frequency with increased light.
Don’t sweat it. Average home humidity is fine; can tolerate dry air.
Average home temperature of 65°F-75°F. If you’re comfortable, the Jade is comfortable.
A well cared for Jade houseplant can reach 4’ in height over its lifetime.
Very resistant to disease and pests.
SYMPTOM: Leaf crinkling, loss, and rot
SYMPTOM: Surface burns, leaf loss
CAUSE: Extreme heat or direct sun
SYMPTOM: Leaves overly soft and flexible
CAUSE: Under watered
SYMPTOM: White masses in crooks of leaves
CAUSE: Mealy bugs; remove with alcohol-soaked cotton swabs
Not known to be toxic. Best practice is always to keep houseplants out of reach of small children and pets.
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