Do you have a money plant at home? Want to take proper care of it? These tips on Jade Plant Care in India are going to come in handy!
Popularly known as Fortune plant and Lucky plant, Jade is a succulent, with glossy and fleshy green leaves. It flowers in a white and pink shade, from winter to spring, that elevates its beauty further. Due to its low maintenance and less watering requirements, the Jade plant is one of the favorite indoor houseplants. Ley’s have a look at Jade Plant Care in India!
Botanical name: Crassula Ovata
Types of Jade Plant
There are over a thousand varieties of Jade plants all over the world. Here are the most popular ones!
Silver Dollar Jade
This plant is also known as Blue Buddha Bush and cherished for its silver-blue leaves. It grows slowly and blooms beautiful pink flowers during winter.
Gollum jade makes a great addition to modern home decor styles. It is easy to grow, propagate and looks pretty unique flaunting its long tubular leaves.
It is one of the most interesting Jade plant variety boasting aqua-blue foliage and green leaves with pink tips. Just like other jade plants, it is drought-tolerant and makes a great addition to home decor.
How to Grow Jade Plant
Jade plant is a popular type of money plant. You can easily propagate it either from stem cutting or from a single leaf.
From Leaf Cutting
Select a healthy leaf and snip it with your hands, making sure that the bottom of the leaf doesn’t break. In a small planter, take a mix of half potting soil and half vermiculture. Lay the leaf at the top of this mix, while covering its cut node with the soil. Mist it regularly and keep the soil wet, but do not overwater. The roots will start appearing in 3-4 weeks. Once it develops some leaves, you can re-pot it in 5-6 inches pot.
From Stem Cutting
Choose a healthy branch of a jade plant, and snip off 4-5 inches long healthy stem using a sanitized shear. Remove some leaves from it, ensuring that it consists of some leaf nodes. Let the stem dry for 3-5 days. Once dry, dip it in a rooting hormone and plant it in a pot filled with half parts of vermiculture/perlite and potting soil, each. Mist the water regularly, and don’t let the soil dry completely.
Also Read: Does Money Plant Need Sunlight?
Jade Plant Care in India
Jade plant prefers full sunlight nurturing of 3-4 hours per day for optimum growth, lacking, leading to stunted growth. For indoors, you can keep your potted Jade at the south-east window. The young plant can be kept at partial shade or in bright, indirect sunlight.
For better growth, the temperature should range between 65-75 F (18-25 C). If the temperature drops below 50 F (10 C) in winter, bring potted Jade indoors.
Water regularly during spring and summers, and make sure to let excess water skip through drainage holes. Water it when its topsoil feels dry, but do not overwater. Reduce the watering rate in winters.
Note: If the leaves of a jade plant are yellowing or falling, then it is an indication of water stress.
A well-draining soil, with a pH around 6-7, is ideal for its growth. For potted jade plants, opt for a mix used for growing succulents and cacti. You can also make your own by mixing 3-parts of potting soil, 2-parts of coarse sand with 1-part of perlite.
If your jade plant is outgrowing, you can re-pot it in a bigger pot during spring and summers. Ensure the soil is completely dry before re-potting and choose two sizes bigger pot than the previous one. Also, ensure to remove any dead or rotting roots from it while transferring.
Pruning will make the jade plant bushier and ensure its weight is evenly distributed across all trunks. For better branching, you should prune the plant when it is very small (around 5-6 inches) with a sterile scissor.
Jade plants in pots do not require much feeding, but for enhanced growth, you can use a water-soluble fertilizer, once in six months, or once in 3-weeks during its growing period. As an organic option, you can prefer liquid tea, fish emulsion, or compost of tea leaves, once in 8-10 weeks as well.
Pests and Diseases
Mealybugs and spider mites can damage the Jade plant. Mealybugs form white patches around the stem and leaf nodes. You can wash them away with a steady stream of water or apply neem oil at infected parts. Avoid using any insecticides on Jade, as it is sensitive to harsh chemicals, and they can damage its foliage. Don’t let your plant sit on waterlogged soil for long, as it can lead to fungal infection.
Buy Jade Plant Online India
Many online delivery nurseries are operating all across India from where you can purchase Jade plant at a reasonable price. Some of them are listed below-