Crassula ovata aka Jade Plant is native South Africa succulent. This is one of the most popular indoor plants, as it can be grown as a small tree, shrub or in the form of the bonsai, with little extra trimming. This popular succulent has jade green, oval leaves, and blooms with small pink or white flowers. The plant can get up to 5 feet (1.5m) tall.
It thrives in warmer temperatures, although it can tolerate light frost. However, if you’re living in areas with long winter months, you should grow Jade Plant indoors, as long low-temperature periods will kill it for sure. Besides not being cold hardy, there are few more problems you can face while taking care of your favorite succulent.
Jade Plant Can Get Heavy
Jade Plant that grows in the pot can become root-bound and top-heavy. This can cause the succulent to tip over pretty easily. To prevent damaging, you should repot your plant in a bigger or heavier pot every two or three years or when it starts tipping over. If you want to repot it in the same size pot, try to prune the roots and stems to ensure a thick main trunk. Try not to overwater your Jade Plant in order to keep it in place.
Be Careful With Temperature and Sunlight
Jade Plant loves the partial shade. However, in order to bloom, it’ll need a lot of sunlight. With exposing this succulent to direct sun or heat, you should be very careful not to cause scorching of the leaves. For example, try to avoid placing your Jade Plant behind the glass in full sun. Too much heat will make leaves to drop and even stems to root. Low temperatures can be dangerous as well. Make sure that the plant is not touching cold window panes in the winter and try to protect it from drafts.
You really have to be careful when it comes to watering a Jade Plant. This succulent can withstand dry periods, but the roots will rot if you leave it sit in soggy soil. The best way to get your Jade Plant everything it needs is to use the “soak and dry” method. Weit until the soil is completely dry between watering. You should do that in the growing season, in the spring and summer, and cut the water completely during the winter. If you underwater your plant, it will tell you that by developing spots and drops on leaves and stunted growth.
Mealybugs are pests that usually infect Jade Plant. You`ll recognize them as small white puffs of cotton. This succulent can be sensitive to insecticides, so you should avoid them as much as you can. Instead, you can wipe mealybugs off with cotton swab dipped in alcohol.
Jade Plant Spreads Too Easily
This information is important to know if you’re growing Jade Plant outdoor. This succulent is easily propagated from leaves and even peace of stem that breaks off. If you’re growing Jade Plant in the outdoor succulent garden, make sure to contain any unwanted spread by cleaning the plant up once in a while, removing any broken stems or leaves that are falling off.