How to plant, grow and care for Jade plants.
The astonishing beauty of indoor plants have been major attraction for many of the people around the globe. They make our living room, stair, balcony, and roofs look more attractive and beautiful. If you are in dilemma on which species could be best may be you should definitely try out Jade plant.
Let’s explore all the facts on how to plant, grow and care for this unbelievable beauty (Jade Plant) and decorate our room with this spring blooming beauty.
What is a Jade plant?
Jade are the succulent plants also known as the Lucky plant, monkey plant or a money tree belongs to Crassulaceae family. This species are popular in the eastern cape province of South Africa as an indoor or house plant.
People usually praise its juicy leaves and small white or pink flowers. The mesmerizing small pretty tree looks of this species make it more favorable for plant lovers. This is also easy to maintain as it requires very less amount of water.
Scientific name: Crassula ovata
How to plant jade plant in a good manner?
If we plant any species in a proper manner then it will definitely provide you with an excellent result. The proper way to plant the jade plant in a good manner is as follows:
– If you want to plant this beautiful plant, you need a moderate depth and a few wide diameter planter.
– Sandy soil with good drainage capacity is preferred as waterlogging might lead to root rot as well as random leaf fall.
– Another way is using potting mix in combination with additional perlite to improve drainage. A 2:1 ratio of potting mix to perlite is considered as best.
– Alternatively, you can use a pre-made succulent or cacti potting mix to plant it in a healthy environment.
How to propagate or grow the jade plants easily?
As a plant lover you might be curious on how to propagate the jade plant in your home and ensure better health. But, don’t worry it is easy to produce the jade plant. You can propagate your jade plant by following ways:
Method of clippings (From cutting of stem or leaf):
– Take a healthy parent Jade plant with good stem or leaf.
– Then remember to cut the stem or leaf in such a way so that cut should be 2-3 inches.
– After that, you must keep those stem or leaf in warm place for many days.
– A few days later you will find the callus over the wound of the leaves or stem.
– If you see the callus remember that the roots are ready to grow.
– Then, place them on the soil with good drainage capacity, which must be moist but not too much wet as it might cause root rot.
– Cover the wounded area with little soil and put the pot in a bright areas (indirect sun) but not in direct sunlight.
– Do not water it till you start observing the roots growing of the new plant.
– After then you can see Jade growing with green tips. If not, don’t worry keep caring and testing the roots of the plant. Once you find the roots then you can water them gently as the plant require. Then the plant starts growing with green tips.
– Keep watering when you feel soil is dry but remember not to do overwatering.
– Remember not to plant it wet as it might cause root rot.
Now we are going to learn how to care for the jade plants?
– It is necessary to care the indoor plants to make it healthy. If the indoor plants are affected by any disorders then you need to be aware of those situations.
– Firstly the overwatering is strictly prohibited to this plant. If you do overwatering then the roots of the plant will rot which makes plants weak or might lead to death.
– Do not use splash water from the height to the direct root of the plant as it will open the soil and lead to fungal and viral infections.
– Sometime you might observe some yellow spots in the plant with pale leaves then understand that it is the sign of low water. So, make sure you water the plant.
– If the leaves look wet and swell then it may have too much water. So keep the pot dry sometimes to save the roots.
– It’s better to check dryness of soil every 5 days just by pinching soil with finger.
– Jade plants need few hours of direct sunlight i.e. only about 3-4 hours.
– But after that remember to keep this plant in a bright place where direct sunlight does not hit the plant. The suitable temperature for jade plants is room temperature but it can withstand a minimum of 12 degree centigrade.
– Beside these; for making the plant healthy one can use organic fertilizers or fertilizers made from cacti succulents.
Benefits of the Jade plants
Let’s learn about the benefits of this beautiful plant:
a) The lucky plant:- The Jade plant is known as the symbol of luck in Asian countries. Asian people believe if we keep this evergreen long living plants indoors it brings prosperity and fortune to life and provides positive energy to us.
b) Humidity increasing property:- The lack of humidity can cause dry skin, allergies, cold flu, flaky lips, an itchy throat, and many more. Thus, this species come with multiple benefits. Researchers say that it can produce humidity of about 20-60 percent which is best for rooms.
c) Indoor air quality:- Nowadays we use paints, polishes, and glue which produces harmful organic compounds inside the room, which can be prevented by the Jade plants. It is also best for removing the toluene and acetone. This can prevent you from confusion, exhaustion, insomnia, and other diseases. It also purify air and absorbs carbon dioxide at night.
d) Easy to care:- The Jade plant is popular as the easiest caring indoor plant. You just have to save it from direct sunlight for many hours and low temperature. This species require less watering and fertilizing. So, its easier to care on watering and fertilization purpose too. But remember to have soil with good drainage quality.
e) Medicinal purpose:- It is also the plant that we can use for medicinal purposes. Chinese peoples claim that they use it as a diabetics remedy. It is also used to treat wounds, stomach upset, and warts.
f) Decorative purposes: It adds astonishing beauty to your rooms and house. The beautiful green, glossy and oval-shaped leaves make it perfect. The pink or white flowers of this beautiful plant really pulls the attraction of every people.
Types of jade plant:-
1. Common Jade plant
2. Silver Jade plant
3. Variegated Jade
4. Crassula Arborescenes
5. Crasulla argentea gollum
6. Crassula Ovata Botany Bay
7. Crassula Ovata Hobbit
Facts about the jade plant:-
1. It is the very popular indoor plant which can adopt the warm and dry condition easily.
2. It is originated from the Cape province of South Africa.
3. It is mostly used in Chinese traditional medicine purpose to treat dry skin disease and diabetics.
4. It is a long-living plant that looks like a small tree due to its steam.
5. It absorbs the organic compounds in the air and also carbon dioxide at night.
6. One of the amazing facts is that it can retain water in the thick branches and stem.
7. It is an evergreen plant that gives extra beauty to the rooms and surroundings of the room.
Problems that jade plant can face with solutions:-
Insects and Bugs:
– The most common problem of the Jade plant is an insect problem and mealy bugs.
Symptoms: White and cottony appearance (mealybugs), yellowing of leaves, and deformation of the plant during growth.
Solutions: The simple method to eliminate this problem is killing the insects with cotton cud or brush. Likewise, it can be eliminated by gently wiping leaves and steam with a cotton swab with alcohol.
But be careful not to get it confused with fungus or mildew and use chemicals for that as it might be fatal to plants.
I hope this article helps you to learn all the facts about planting, growing, and caring for Jade plants along with their benefits, probable problems and their solutions on it. I recommend you all to put this beautiful indoor plants inside your home and office because they are beneficial for your health and mood.
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