Jade Plant is one of the most versatile succulents you can grow! It is also the best plant for forgetful gardeners! If you are one of them, then here’s all about Crassula Ovata Care!
If you want a small and stubby plant that can adapt to almost any growing condition, then Jade Plant is the best pick! Here’s all you need to know about Crassula Ovata Care!
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What is Jade Plant?
Jade is popular for its fleshy, green leaves on woody branches that resemble a miniature tree. This succulent is cherished for its easy to propagate, hard to kill, and forgiving nature.
Botanical Name: Crassula ovata
Common Names: Jade plant, Lucky plant, Money tree, Dollar plant, Dwarf rubber, Friendship tree
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How to Grow Crassula ovata?
Pluck a healthy leaf and let it dry for a few days in a warm place to form callus. Then, plant the leaf in a pot filled with well-draining potting mix. Mist the soil well, and place the pot in indirect, bright sunlight.
Snip off 3-4 inches long cutting. Let it dry for a few days to form a callus. Then, plant the stem upright in a well-draining potting mix. Water well, and locate the pot at any bright, warm spot.
Crassula Ovata Care
Choose a place where the plant can receive 4-5 hours of direct sunlight. For indoors, opt for an east-facing windowsill. The more sun it gets, the better it will be for its growth.
Jade retains water in leaves, thus can bear drought for several days. Avoid overwatering the plant, as it can do more harm than good. Water the plant only when the topsoil is completely dry.
Jade can do well in an 18-25 C temperature range, but consider moving it indoors once the temperature drops below 10 C.
Like most other succulents, the jade plant requires fast-draining and porous soil. Opt for a potting mix specifically designed for succulents and cacti. You can also DIY mix by blending two parts of sand, two parts of garden soil, and one part of perlite or pumice.
Jade is not a heavy feeder, but fertilizing with a balanced liquid fertilizer, diluted to a quarter of its recommended strength, once in 6-8 weeks, works wonders. Stop feeding during winters, as the plant goes into dormancy.
Pests and Diseases
Be careful of spider mites, mealybugs, and aphids. Apply neem oil or soap solution to get rid of them. To save the plant from most of the potential diseases, avoid overwatering.
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Quick Care Tips for Crassula Ovata
1. Leaves Dropping
When the succulent is exposed to extremely hot temperatures, the plant will likely drop its leaves. Provide shade during scorching Indian summers.
2. Foliage Turning Yellow
Yellowing leaves are an indication of underwatering. Though the plant can withstand a few days of drought, it is good practice to water the plant whenever topsoil feels dry.
3. Leaves Turning Squishy and Dropping
If you spot the leaves turning mushier, or translucent, then it is a clear sign of overwatering. Stop watering for a couple of days. Let the growing medium dry out completely. You can also re-pot the plant using fresh potting soil.