All About Jade Plant

Updated: Nov 9

This is also known as lucky plant. This is a very beautiful and unique plant. It is available in different colours like green, white and variegated colours. You can grow them in a hanging basket, as a bonsai tree or in any size of the pot. It is not an Indian plant, it originated basically from South Africa. In this post we are going to discuss all the actuality of the JADE PLANT.

What is a jade plant? How can we take care of the jade plant? How can we propagate jade plants? How can we plant cuttings of the jade plant? All the queries regarding the jade plant would be sorted out in this article.



● OUTDOOR PLANT

The Jade plant is an outdoor plant and not an indoor plant. Whereas people in the nurseries sell this plant as an indoor plant. This plant needs regular sunlight of 4-5 hours daily. If you keep this plant inside your home, it will survive for some time because it is a succulent plant and succulent do not die easily. After sometimes its growth would be stopped, so you need to keep this plant in sunlight only. If you want to keep it inside then keep it near the window where sunlight is good. In the month of May- June, when sunlight is extreme at that time you can keep them in shade.


COST

When you buy it from nearby nurseries or online, you will find it very costly somewhere around Rs 200-250. If you buy it from government nurseries you get it very inexpensive at Rs 20-40 maximum.

You can grow this plant from small cuttings also and it spreads very fast.



WATER

Its stems and leaves already have enough water hence needs less water. So, give water when the top soil is completely dry.

● SYMPTOMS OF HEALTHY JADE PLANT

Leaves of healthy jade plants are very thick and fleshy. If the leaves are turning yellow, becoming thin and starting falling down, it means there is under watering. If the leaves are healthy and thick but still falling down, then there is a problem of over watering. If you see black spots on the leaves then there is some problem with the roots. There might be a problem of fungus or any infection, you need to change the soil at that time.



SOIL

Soil of the jade plant should be well drained, it should absorb that much it needs and should be able to drain out excess water through the drainage hole. The perfect soil mixture for this plant consists of garden soil, compost and sand in the ratio of 1:½:½ respectively.


● PEST ATTACK

The Jade plant is a very strong plant. Generally, pests do not attack this plant but sometimes mealybug might attack them. To prevent it, do neem spray once in a week. Keep this plant at a distance from the hibiscus plant because both plants get the same type of pest attack.


FERTILIZER

Lucky plant is a very strong plant so as such it does not need any fertilizer but you can give cow dung fertilizer twice or thrice in a year.


Propagation

You can take any healthy cutting of this plant and can grow in your pot. Make sure you cut the cutting by any sharp tool like blade, knife, scissor etc. Remove the leaves of the cutting from the bottom of the chosen branch as we have to bury bottom part inside the soil. You can place the cutting by two methods discussed below.




1) In Coco peat

Mix the cocopeat with a minimal quantity of fertilizer and the cocopeat should have little moisture in it. If the cocopeat is dry add some water to it and make it moist. Fill the mixture in the pot and now enclose your cutting inside the cocopeat, make sure it goes a little deep inside the pot. Do not give water as the coco peat is already wet, now place the pot in sunlight, new leaves will start coming in a few days.


2) In Soil

For this, do not prepare new soil mixture for it, take the soil of any pot which already has a plant. Place the cutting in the moisturised soil taken from another plant. Here also, you do not need to give water as the soil is wet.


In both the cases, give water when the outer layer of coco peat and soil is dry, otherwise stems will get damaged due to overwatering. Roots will get developed in the next 45 days and after that you can shift your cuttings to bigger size pots. At the time of shifting you need to make a fresh soil mixture as mentioned above, you cannot use soil of old plants here.



It was all intelligence about the JADE plant. Enjoy planting your luck!!!!!


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