Jade Care Guide


Jade (Crassula Ovata) is a fantastic plant, not only because it has a very good size, is very hardy and easy to propagate, but also has an excellent reputation. It is said that it is planted with good luck and attracts prosperity and abundance. I don't know if this is true, but I'm sure that having a jade at home will make you much happier.


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If you dare to add a jade to your family you should pay attention to this jade care guide, I assure you that it will get beautiful.

Green & Bright: Some Facts About Jade Jade

  • is a succulent as you may have noticed from its fleshy, shiny leaves. It stores water, so it's perfect for forgetful and distracted homeowners who skip watering.

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  • There are many varieties of jade. There's one they call "Shrek's ears" and it has tubular leaves with red tips. Tricolor jade has white sections, while so-called sunset jade has red and yellow tips.
  • According to Feng Shui, jade is a plant with very good energy, due to its rounded leaves, deep roots and accelerated growth. For this reason, it is recommended to place it in the badua of finances and money.
  • Jade is a very long-lived plant, it can last almost half a century, so it is common in some cultures to give them as gifts to newlyweds or newlyweds. It symbolizes the desire for a long relationship, in which there is a lot of financial prosperity and personal growth.

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  • Over time, Jade stems tend to thicken, becoming woody and brown. This makes them look like miniature trees and they are great for those who are learning to make bonsai, because they grow fast, they are very resistant and it is possible to train them to acquire beautiful shapes.

How to care for Jade

Lighting

If you have a section where direct sunlight shines, it's the ideal space for Jade. It loves to receive direct sunlight, in fact its leaves tan: they acquire a reddish tone at the ends due to the action of the sun's rays. The good news is that while she needs abundant lighting, she is a warrior who can live in artificial light or in low-light places.


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Watering

Jade, as a good succulent, prefers spaced waterings. In the case of this plant, less is more. It is preferable to forget to water it than to overdo it with water as it is susceptible to root rot. Remember to wait until the substrate is very dry before watering, this can happen every 2 or 3 weeks, check before watering. In winter, you should reduce the frequency of watering to once a month. It prevents water from falling on its fleshy leaves, as they stain and deteriorate. Instead, water the sides of the pot to avoid accidents.


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Temperature and humidity

These plants adapt very well to warm to medium climates, so they live very well in well-ventilated places. They can't stand frost. If temperatures below 10°C are found in your home, you should protect it indoors or in a warmer place.


Substrate and pots

The universal substrate suits you very well, but the ideal is to use a substrate for cacti and succulents, with a slightly acidic pH. There are homemade tricks to increase the acidity of the substrate. As for fertilizer, you can use a balanced one in light proportions, very diluted to avoid overfeeding the plant. Remember to put pebbles at the bottom to make drainage more efficient.


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It is advisable to use a heavy pot, because although it is true that the root system is usually not too deep, over the years it tends to become bushy and increases the weight at the top. If the pot is very light, it will only need to be breathed close to make it flip over, making a mess of the substrate on your pristine soil. Take the opportunity to use a cute decorative planter that adds weight.


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in ideal conditions, is a plant that grows at a very fast pace, so it is normal for its pot to become too small after a few months. In this case you can transplant it to a new pot but you can also leave it like that to control its size, it won't hurt it. The idea is to transplant at the beginning of spring, when it is beginning its growth stage.


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Propagating jade is one of the simplest things in the world. You can use the stems or leaves, leaving them on a bit of moist substrate. I usually put the leaves that fall on one side of the plant, so without much work and almost always they are born.


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Another simple and quick way to make them develop roots is to place them in water, taking care to submerge only the tip of the leaf or the lower end of the stem. In no time you will have your little jade, which you can transplant into its pot and take care of. You can have your Jade army or give them to your friends and family. It's like giving them an amulet of good luck, prosperity and joy.

About the author
Ame Rodríguez

Dedicated to creating an army of cacti, succulents, poodles and cats to help me conquer the world. In the little free time I have left, I play, write and dance.

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