On a balmy summer’s night, I snapped a few stems from a healthy Jade plant growing wild by the side of the road. It was my lucky night. What a find! This succulent will last for years when potted. It is well known as a money, lucky or friendship plant.
Who doesn’t want a lucky money plant? Or perhaps two? When the Jade plant flowers, good fortune is on its way.
These plants are often given as housewarming gifts, as they bring good luck and fortune.
Healthy Jade plants have thick woody stems, clumps of disc-shaped leaves, with hints of red on the edges. During Spring, star-shaped flowers bloom on thin steams.
This plant is durable;
- It doesn’t need direct sunlight
- Can live outside in decorative ceramic pots
- Thrive anywhere in the house
- Needs dusting once a month
- Water when the soil is dry
- Spring and Summer are peak times for growth
- Low maintenance and super easy to look after
Here are three secrets for keeping a healthy Jade plant,
Planting Jade Plants
Jade plants have thick woody stems that tend to be top-heavy. Plant in sturdy, ceramic pots. This helps them from toppling over.
- These plants do not need a lot of soil. They thrive in shallow dishes or small pots
- Ensure there is ample drainage. This plant can quickly rot if left sitting in water
- There is no need to re-pot this plant. It is happy to stay root-bound.
Watering Jade Plants
When the soil is dry, it is time to water. Only a small amount.
It’s important not to overwater as the leaves will start to turn yellow and fall off. Make sure the pot doesn’t sit in water as this will rot the roots.
Not watering enough
When the plant’s leaves and flowers wither, it’s a sign they need watering. During the summer months, keep the soil moist.
Cleaning the leaves
The leaves are broad and tend to collect dust particles. The dust can be removed by leaving them outside in the rain.
These hardy plants do not need full sunlight. They thrive in brightly lit spaces. The leaves will develop hints of red surrounding the outside when exposed to sunlight.
Jade plants ideally love the morning sun for a few hours. The branches and leaves will tend to follow the sun. Rotate the plant so that all parts can bask in the sunshine.
How to propagate a Jade plant
The woody stems are flexible. When the branches become too heavy with the clumps of leaves, they snap and land on the soil. Within a few weeks, roots appear, and new branches are formed.
It is simple to replicate this natural process.
- Cut a small branch and place in water. Roots will appear within a few weeks. Place into a terracotta pot.
- Pull off a large leaf. Cover the narrow end with dirt. Not the entire leaf. Then water. Roots and small leaves will appear within a few weeks.
Jade plants are a decretive succulent. They will thrive for years and provide you with good fortune, money, and luck.
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