Succulent Crassula 'Jade'Regular price $25.00 Sale price $21.00 Save $4.00
Appearance: The Jade Plant has thick, woody stems and plump, oval leaves that are a rich jade green, hence its common name. The leaves often have red edges, particularly when exposed to bright sunlight. Mature plants can produce small, star-shaped pink or white flowers.
Light: Jade Plants prefer bright light, and can tolerate direct sunlight. In fact, a good amount of sunlight is necessary for the plant to produce flowers. However, sudden changes in light conditions can cause leaf drop, so any adjustments should be made gradually.
Water: As a succulent, the Jade Plant is drought-tolerant and prefers the soil to dry out between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot, a common problem among succulents. During the winter, the plant enters a dormancy period and requires even less water.
Soil: A well-draining soil mix is crucial to prevent waterlogging. A cactus or succulent mix, which typically contains more sand or perlite than regular potting soil, works well.
Temperature: Jade Plants prefer average room temperatures, roughly between 65-75°F (18-24°C). They can tolerate a slightly wider range, but should be protected from frost and extremely hot conditions.
Propagation: Jade Plants are typically propagated through stem or leaf cuttings. Cut a healthy leaf or stem segment, let it dry for a few days to form a callous over the cut end, then place it on top of well-draining soil.
Pests and Problems: Jade Plants can occasionally suffer from pests such as mealybugs or spider mites. Overwatering can lead to root rot, signaled by yellowing or wilting leaves, while underwatering can cause the leaves to shrivel or drop.
In summary, the Jade Plant is an excellent houseplant, particularly for beginners. Its thick, glossy leaves, ability to tolerate neglect, and potential for long life make it a favorite among plant enthusiasts.