Crassula Ovata, Jade Plant ( Small ) - Plant
Description for Crassula Ovata, Jade Plant ( Small )
It is native to South Africa, and is common as a houseplant worldwide. It is an evergreen shrub, 1-3 m tall, with thick branches and smooth, rounded, fleshy leaves that grow in opposing pairs along the branches.
The Jade is grown indoors and borrows itself from the bonsai in the way it grows like a miniature tree, with a trunk and branches. It is also a succulent that will retain water well within the leaves, just like the cactus plant.
This succulent is a hardy fellow and has two main requirements for a healthy long life, which is water and plenty of light. They are both an indoor and outdoor species, although conditions outside need to be right (enough heat and sun).
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Jade Plant, Pink joy, Friendship Tree, Money Plant||Pink or white||Seasonal bloomer (early spring)||3 to 6 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
They survive well in quite humid conditions naturally, although you will please them with water misting. Allowing too much water to sit at the bottom of the pot with the roots will cause them to rot (avoid this).
|Part shade||Well-drained soil||Medium||60 degrees F / 15.5 degrees C to 75 degrees F / 24 degreesC||Apply any organic fertilizer once in 2 months.|
Caring for Crassula Ovata
- It is best to allow the soil to become dry between each watering which will depend on the time of year, how much humidity and amount of sunlight it is getting.
- Allowing too much water to sit at the bottom of the pot with the roots will cause them to rot (avoid this).
- Feed each week or two (may be less) with a weak or diluted liquid fertilizer. Fertilizer made for succulents may be your best bet, that does not need to be a high strength type.
- Some varieties may develop a red tinge on the edges of leaves when exposed to high levels of sunlight.
Typical uses of Crassula Ovata
Special features: The Jade Plant is an evergreen plant. It is considered that keeping this plant will bring Good Luck, Prosperity, and Friendship.
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: A houseplant for bright, dry areas. The jade plant lends itself easily to the bonsai form and is popular as an indoor bonsai.
Medicinal use: NA