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.
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 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.
Bright indirect light. Will tolerate low to medium light, but should avoid intense, direct sun. Can tolerate morning sun.
Jade plants love sun and are best in a room with south facing windows. Avoid drafty windows and doors.
Fertilize twice a year using half-strength liquid fertilizer during spring and summer only.
Leaf loss or rot – Symptom of overwatering
Surface burn or leaf loss – Symptom of extreme heat or direct sun
Leaves overly soft and flexible – Symptom of under-watering
Jade trees are considered a symbol of good luck.