Jade Plant

Learn how to care for a Jade Plant!

Jade Plant

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Learn how to care for a Jade Plant!

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.

General Care

 

Sunlight

Bright light. Tolerates low to medium light. Not suited for intense, direct sun.

Water

Water every one to two weeks, depending on season. Spring to summer, allow mix to dry out almost completely before watering thoroughly. Fall to winter, the Jade can go up to a month between drenching.

Humidity

Don’t sweat it. Average home humidity is fine; can tolerate dry air.

Temperature

Average home temperature of 65°F-75°F. If you’re comfortable, the Jade is comfortable.

Size

A well cared for Jade houseplant can reach 4’ in height over its lifetime.

Common Problems

Very resistant to disease and pests.

SYMPTOM: Leaf crinkling, loss, and rot

CAUSE: Overwatered

SYMPTOM: Surface burns, leaf loss

CAUSE: Extreme heat or direct sun

SYMPTOM: Leaves overly soft and flexible

CAUSE: Under watered

SYMPTOM: Flu blobs in crooks of leaves

CAUSE: Mealy bugs; remove with alcohol-soaked cotton swabs

Precautions

Not known to be toxic. Best practice is always to keep houseplants out of reach of small children and pets.

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