20161225_125331First off, I’m not sure how many know this but, all cacti are succulents but, the same does not hold true for succulents being cacti.  A succulent plant retains their moisture, like a camel.  The cacti have small, circular parts that their spines or hair/leaves grow from and if succulents do not have those “areoles”, they are not a cactus.  The Jade Plant is a type of succulent also known as a friendship tree, or lucky tree.  Many people enjoy these as house plants and even grow them as indoor bonsai’s that turn out to be quite endearing.

Light and Temperature:  Sunny spot please – at least a few hours of direct. They like to have the sun to be able to grow to their full, happy selves.  If they do not have enough sun, you may see the jade plant become leggy.  Move it to a sunny spot but in a gradual manner so they can get accustomed to the new light.  They like mild temperatures to cool (80-55) however, as long as they have good lighting, this plant will do well.  With enough light, the tips may turn a little red.

Water:  They do not like a lot of water therefore, add a little water to the soil only after you’ve touched the soil and felt that it is dry.  Do not over water, the succulent should look plump and thick.  Remove any standing water in order to prevent root rot.  See the pic above and notice how full the leaves look.  This means they have plenty of water retained. If the leaves are falling off, then you have under watered your plant and need to add a little more each time.  Continuously check the soil to ensure that as soon as it’s dry, you add some water to it.  In the winter, if the lighting is lessened and temperature cooled, you may receive blooms on your mature Jade.

Soil and Fertilizer: Use an all-purpose soil (can mix with cactus soil) that drains well.  I provide water soluble fertilizer about once every 6 months after I’ve watered the jade plant.  Use a small pot for the Jade plant. Repot your Jade every few years.

Propagation: Succulents are fairly easy to propagate and similar in how to do it.  In this case, carefully take a plump leaf from the stem and allow it do dry (a couple days).  Once it’s scar has calloused over, place the leaf in soil with the severed side down and roots should start to grow a few weeks later.  Also, you could cut the stem with some leaves on it and do the same process as you would the leaf.

Remember to keep the leaves clean using a damp cloth once in a while in order to remove dust and keep them shiny looking. If you want a fuller looking jade plant, pinch out new growth.  Do this especially if it looks leggy.

This is a really pretty plant and fun to keep.  You can have it indoor or even outdoor.  I love the look of the plant and it is always so pleasant and peaceful looking.  Enjoy caring for your Jade!