Plant Care:

Jade

Description:

The Jade plant is known for its upright, treelike appearance and glossy green, spoon-shaped leaves. Positioned in bright light, the leaves can develop a red hue around their edges.

Botanical Classification: Crassula ovata

Pets And Kids:

Jade is slightly toxic. Ingestion may induce symptoms of toxicity such as vomiting, lethargy, incoordination and a low heart rate.

Plant Parent Care Tips:

  • Prune off dead or shriveled branches.
  • Careful when repotting jade plants. Allow it to completely outgrow its existing pot before transferring it. Jades will tolerate a small pot.
  • Getting a jade plant to bloom requires mimicking its native growing conditions. Lack of water, cool nights and bright days encourage the plant to form buds and then flowers.

General Care:

Jade plants are easy to care for house guests. Give them a bright location and always let the top 1 to 2 inches of soil dry out between waterings. As succulents they hold water in their leaves, so jade plants won’t do well when sitting in constantly moist soil.

Water:

Water every 10 to 14 days. Allow soil to almost completely dry out before watering thoroughly. During fall and winter, jades can thrive for up to a month between watering.

Sunlight:

Bright indirect light. Will tolerate low to medium light, but should avoid intense, direct sun. Can tolerate morning sun.

Placement:

Jade plants love sun and are best in a room with south facing windows. Avoid drafty windows and doors.

Food:

Fertilize twice a year using half-strength liquid fertilizer during spring and summer only.

Common Issues:

Leaf loss or rotSymptom of overwatering

Surface burn or leaf loss – Symptom of extreme heat or direct sun

Leaves overly soft and flexible – Symptom of under-watering

Interesting Fact

Jade trees are considered a symbol of good luck.