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Growing and Caring for Jade Plant

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Jade plant or crassula ovata is a type of fleshy, succulent plant. It’s native to South Africa and is often cultivated for decorative purposes. Jade plant is considered lucky in Chinese culture. That’s why it’s commonly referred to as “the money tree.” Jade plant is a type of evergreen with shiny, succulent leaves and thick branches. Under the right conditions, the plant will produce small, star-shaped flowers.

Jade plant is very low maintenance. That’s why it’s a popular indoor plant! Growing and caring for a jade plant is surprisingly easy. In today’s post, we are listing down ways to grow and care for your own jade plant:

Growing a Jade Plant

When growing a jade plant from seedling, you have to use cactus soil. Mix the cactus soil with compost or organic matter. The measurement should be one part soil, one part peat moss, and three parts of coarse builder’s sand. Mix these together in a pot. Plant the seedling and add soil to cover its roots. Finish off by watering it.

Caring for a Jade Plant

Now that you’ve successfully planted and grew your own jade plant, it’s time to move on to caring for it. The right temperature is critical for any plant’s growth. Jade plants thrive in temperatures between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit at night.

Jade plants need at least four hours of sun exposure so put the pot in a southern window. Do note that there are species of jade plants that do not like direct sunlight. Water the plant periodically to keep the soil nice and damp. During winter season, the plant will remain dormant. During this time, keep its soil dry. You do not want to over-water the plant. Overwatering could destroy its roots.

Finally, just add organic fertilizer every few weeks so the plant remains healthy. Use fertilizers designed for house or indoor plants. Wait for three months before adding fertilizer to a newly-planted jade plant.

Making Jade Plants Bloom

As long as you care for your jade plant properly, it will bloom. Mature, healthy jades will bloom around Christmas time in the northern hemisphere. This is triggered by the natural shortness of the daylight hours.

However, if your jade plants are placed indoors and its lights are turned on at night, it won’t bloom. To make them bloom, move your plant into a no-night-light environment from September to December. The key is to look for a place where there are no lights on at night. The spot should get plenty of natural light during the day too. After moving the plant, it will adjust to its surroundings and will bloom in the right month.

The jade plant is known for its beautiful, naturally shiny leaves. The shine will turn dull with constant exposure to the elements. Every now and then, remove the dust that accumulate from the plant’s leaves. Use a damp cloth and gently wipe away the dirt and dust to restore the leaves’ natural shine.

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