How to care for the jade plants?

How to care for the jade plants?

About Jade plant:

With its stuffy, woody stems and oval leaves, the jade looks like a miniature tree and is very attractive as a decorative houseplant. They have survived for thousands of years and are often passed down from generation to generation, reaching heights of 3 feet or more when grown indoors.

Jade plants adapt well to most homes' hot, dry conditions. It is essential to water the plants during the growing season (spring and summer) and dry them during the dormant season (autumn and winter). However, jade is perishable, so the soil should be dried entirely between watering, even during the growing season.

As landscape plants, jade plants can be grown outside all year long in areas with warm, dry climates. Because it is vulnerable to cold damage, it is best to grow jade in a container and bring it indoors below 50°F (10°C) where the temperature is at or below freezing.

Natural light 

For jade plants to reproduce, they require 4 hours of natural light each day. Place it in the brightest part of the house, ideally on a south-facing window. However, if the plant is exposed to too much sunlight, the leaves may turn dark purple. This color fades as the plant adjusts to the light and eventually returns to its original lush green color. Jade plants will grow even in slightly darker areas, but they have no chance of breeding.

  • Kitchens and offices with south-facing windows, such as west-facing windows, are often great places with lots of light.
  • Jade plants stored in dark places can have long legs and a heavy top. Therefore, if you fall or cannot support your branch, you are vulnerable to damage.

how much sun does jade plant need

 

Plant Space

Depending on the conditions, jade plants can live for decades or even 100 years. They are often part of a family passed down from generation to generation. Because of this and its continued growth, it is not uncommon for jade plants to reach 12 feet high and 3 feet wide. But the growth rate is very slow, so do not panic. You will need years for your small jade plant to reach these proportions. But you will need to find a place in your home that has enough room for your succulent plants to grow.

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3 feet jade plant rooted in black nursery pot

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Temperature

A tropical origin means jade plants are vigorous and can fight high temperatures. Maximum daytime temperatures are between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. But if your money tree gets a lot of sunlight and ventilation, it will work even at higher temperatures. Money plants can be kept outside in the summer, but be sure to bring them with the first signs of frost. The minimum temperature you want to expose your plants to is 50 degrees.

Note: During winter, keep jade plants away from cold windows and well-ventilated areas. Jade plants can shed their leaves when exposed to low temperatures.

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cold hardniess of jade plant

Soil

Succulent proprietary mixes are ideal for incorporating jade plants. An ideal soil would have a pH level of neutral to slightly acidic and be well-drained to prevent excessive waterlogging and fungal growth. If you decide to use potting compost instead, add perlite to aid drainage. Additionally, jade plants can be placed in terracotta or clay pots to help drain excess water from the soil.

Plant Repotting

Having jade plants is rarely necessary. They like their dense roots and are usually happy to stay in the same pot for years in the same old soil. Because mature jade plants are heavy, replanting is a big deal. However, if you need to replant a money tree, replant it in the spring. Use a well-drained potting and potting mix, especially for succulents with a pH of around 6.0. We have professional and organic succulent soil for sale. It is ready-to-use, a good choice for indoor garden. Wait a week before watering to reduce the risk of root rot after planting.

Propagation by Cutting

Carefully use a sharp blade or scissor and cut off healthy cuttings from the mother jade plant. After 2 days, when the wound heal, insert the cuttings in the succulent soil and water it. Water it by using the soak and dry method. Soon the roots will come out and you can get a new jade plant, an ideal gift for family and friends.

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Watering

During the spring and summer, jade plants need to be watered frequently (make sure the drainage is complete) so that the soil is moist but not wet. Water once a month in winter. Also, if you place the plant in a container of water and water it from below, pour off the excess water after a few minutes and do not submerge the jade plants.

water need of jade plant

Fertilizer

Succulents are often unavailable during the growing season. Give them a sustained-release fertilizer early in the season or a weak liquid solution weekly for the most successful jade plants. Use quarter-strength, balanced 20-20-20 fertilizers for mature plants and lower nitrogen fertilizers for young plants.

Common Pests

Like many other greens and succulents, jade plants must fight off various pests and diseases. The most common problem with pests is the scale insects. Scale insects can leave white patches, especially where the leaves are clinging to the steam. Jade plants (and succulents in general) are susceptible to pesticides and oils, so scaly insects should be treated by wiping them with cotton balls or tissue dipped in alcohol. Other problems can include spider mites and scale outbreaks, which can be treated in the same way.

pest on jade plant leaves

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Some Important Tips!

  • Keep the plants dry or remove them from cold windows to prevent further damage to the plant.
  • Watering leaves without splashing water will prevent them from rotting in humid conditions.
  • Jade plants are sensitive to unfiltered or undistilled tap water, so you should avoid using it.
  • Feed them sparingly with a diluted mix of standard liquid fertilizers.

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