Okay, so I have gone a little crazy.
But meet “Jade.”
Yep, that’s me. Totally off the deep end. I have bought a bunch of plants and named them. But I have no control over my need to be surrounded by plants any more than I have control over being sensible with the Cadbury ice cream bars that I bought with coupons. All eight boxes of them. Ahem. Anyway, I am truly enjoying my little garden area, and I thought I would make a post about each individual plant that I adopt into “The Artist’s Loft.” This post is about my jade plant — baby jade, to be exact.
I wonder if my jade plant will ever get this big. This is a 27-year-old plant growing in Wales. I will be 77, should I live that long, when Jade gets that big. But maybe baby Jade is not genetically inclined to get that big.
Following is information about jade plants. I am learning too, so I will be tweaking this page over time.
Baby Jade — Crassula argentea or Crassula ovata. Other species of jade plant include Crassula obliqua, Crassula portulacea
Other names: silver dollar plant, friendship tree, money plant, lucky tree
Origin: South Africa, where it grows as a small tree, up to 10 feet tall. In winter, it blooms with hundreds of star-shaped white flowers at the tips of the branches when the plant is mature.
Plant type: Succulent, evergreen
Difficulty level: Easy to grow; growth rate is slow. Prone to spider mites. Keep moisture level even.
Watering: Water when soil feels dry; avoid overwatering; water about every 8+ days, but can underwater to promote blooming, especially near frost time. Overwatering will cause the jade plant to rot. Needs no more than moderate water in summer and even less in winter. Will tolerate drought.
Description of houseplant: Has fleshy leaves on thick branches. In bright light, the leaves are adorned with red. Has white to pale pink, starry blooms. Will grow in hot, dry locations. Beautiful in rock gardens and all sorts of containers.
Size: 6-12 inches tall; 8-12 inches wide.
Hardiness: Hardy to 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit. Likes heat to 110 degrees.
Light: High; full sunlight but will scorch in direct hot sun; can handle about 4 hours of direct sunlight, but will also do well with bright, indirect light and some shade in hot climates.
Feeding: Fertilize once a month.
Propagation of jade plants: The jade plant is known for its ease of propagation, which can be achieved simply by stray leaves which fall from the plant onto the soil below.
Special information about jade plants: Jade plants are known as symbols of good luck, prosperity and friendship. According to Chinese custom, placing a jade plant near your front door is said to bring in more money, and placing one at your back door is said to keep money from leaving. Reportedly, a sliced-open leaf from the jade plant bandaged over a wart will cause it to fall off if done about three nights in a row. A flowering jade plant reflects positively on its owner, proof that the plant has had good care. Jade is grown around the world as a house plant. Jade lends itself well to the art of bonsai.
I love the little shelf pictured above. It is perfect for plants and fits nicely back into this corner. Annie’s things reside in the basket underneath.
NOTE: Please, if you stop by and can add any information about jade plants, from personal experience to pictures to folklore, I would love it if you would leave a comment!!