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The Enchanting Jade Plant

Updated on June 19, 2013
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Cool Elegance

With its branches reaching upwards, jade plants can add both elegance and interest to your home d├ęcor. These plants are easy to propogate and easy to grow, making them an ideal houseplant for just about anybody.

Crassula Ovata

The jade plant has the scientific name of Crassula ovata. This succulent is also known as the friendship tree, the money plant, or the lucky plant. It can flower under the right conditions and is a popular plant for bonsai enthusiasts. The jade plant is native to South Africa. The leaves and stems are a beautiful, dark green color. As the plant matures, the stems become woody.

Propogation

Jade plants are incredibly simple to propogate. Simply cut of a portion of the stem with a few leaves. Let set out for a few days until the ends scar over. When new roots begin to form, place the cutting into a pot with good drainage.

Caring For a Jade Plant

While jade plants are easy to care for, there are a few things to remember. Be sure and let them dry out between waterings, as over-watering can cause the leaves to drop off. During the winter months, they are dormant and require very little watering.

Jade plants will grow in full sun or light shade. However, if the plants are up against a window the leaves could be scorched.

Pruning the plants in the spring can help the plants from becoming top heavy. Feed the jade plant with a diluted fertilizer every three to four months in the spring and summer. Do not feed during the fall and winter months.

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Flowering

The jade plant is most likely to flower during the winter months, usually around Christmas. To encourage flowering, place the plant in a room which gets sunlight during the day, but does not receive any artificial light at night. The flowers are small, white or pink, and star like.

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    • torrilynn profile image

      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Smw1962,

      Thanks for the information

      About the jade plant i remember my friend had this in her house when she was younger thanks for the information

      Voted up

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Beautiful plant and this was a perfect hub for it. Voting this up and sharing as well. Also rated interesting and useful :)

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      Rebecca Jimenez 4 years ago

      Great hub! Thank you for sharing. Makes me want to buy one now. :-D