All about Jade Plant
Updated: May 26
The Jade plant is a very beautiful and unique plant. It is available in different colors like green, white and variegated colors. This plant is native to South Africa and found in all parts of the world. The Jade plant is also known as the lucky plant and is considered a symbol of good luck.
In this post, we are going to discuss all the actualities 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.
Jade plant remains green throughout the year, the height of this plant is about 5 to 8 feet. The jade plant is very tender, it grows low above, and spreads more, and the color of its leaves is a mixture of green and yellow. You can grow them in a hanging basket, as a bonsai tree, or in any size of the pot.
Jade plant is an outdoor plant
The Jade plant is an outdoor plant and not an indoor plant.
Whereas people in the nurseries sell the Jade 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 succulents 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.
Jade plant watering tips
Jade plants are succulents, which means they require less water.
If you touch the soil and it feels moist, then the plant doesn't need water.
On the other hand, if you see its leaves withering, then understand that your plant is not getting enough water according to its needs.
So, give water when the topsoil is completely dry.
Insert your finger deep into the soil up to the first knuckle.
If it is feeling dry, then it can be given water.
If it is still moist, it does not need to be watered.
In winter seasons, Jade plants need less water than normal, so you should always test the soil before watering.
Symptoms of healthy Jade plants
The 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 overwatering.
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.
Perfect soil for Jade plants
The soil of the jade plant should be well-drained, it should absorb the much it needs and should be able to drain out excess water through the hole.
The perfect soil mixture for this plant consists of garden soil, compost and sand in the ratio of 1:½:½ respectively.
How to care for Jade plants from Pest attack
The Jade plants are very hardy and strong plants.
Generally, pests do not attack this plant but sometimes mealybug might attack them.
To prevent it, spray neem oil once a week.
Keep this plant at a distance from the hibiscus plant because both plants get the same type of pest attack.
Fertilizer for Jade plants
The Jade 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 a year.
Propagation for Jade plants
If you have a large jade plant you can grow more jade plants by taking cuttings from the larger plant.
You can take any healthy cutting of this plant and can grow in your pot.
Try to find a part of the plant that has a thick stem and healthy leaves on it.
Cut the cutting with any sharp tool like a blade, knife, scissors, etc.
Remove the leaves of the cutting from the bottom of the chosen branch as we have to bury the bottom part inside the soil.
You can place the cutting by the 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, and new leaves will start coming in a few days.
2. In Soil
For this, do not prepare a new soil mixture for it, take the soil of any pot which already has a plant. Place the cutting in the moisturized soil taken from another plant.
Here also, you do not need to give water as the soil is wet.
In both 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 the soil of old plants here.
Cost of Jade plant
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.
It was all about the JADE plant.
Enjoy planting your luck!!!!!