Jade plants are evergreen succulents that are simple and easy to care for. They are popular for their fleshy leaves which are oblong shaped. Their tree-like form makes them attractive to have as houseplants. Recently, they have seen a rise in popularity again. Jade plants are resilient and last for decades. They are often handed down from generation to generation as gifts. Here is an article on jade how to care for a jade plant and other relevant information.
How Often Should You Water a Jade Plant?
Jade Plants don’t need watering too frequently. Jade plants have fleshy leaves which retain water. Overwatering is a major problem that leads to root rot. You can water it when you feel the soil is fully dry to the touch. Water every one to two weeks in summers and reduce it in winters. Keep the soil moist but do not drench it.
Jade Plant And Feng Shui
In Feng Shui, jade plants signify luck, prosperity and friendship. As their broad leaves are able to retain water, it is said that it helps the family retain more wealth. This makes them ideal gifts to wish someone good luck in their business and finances. They also make for excellent housewarming gifts as they bring luck to the owner. Check this article on Feng Shui Plants.
Jade plants are native to South Africa. They can grow up to 3 to 6 feet in height with just a little care.
Is Jade A Good Indoor Plant?
Jade plants can thrive both indoors and outdoors in warmer regions. They can be placed outside during summers for additional sunlight which promotes growth and plant health. Bring them indoors if temperatures drop low during winters.
Does Jade Plant Need Sunlight?
Jade plants require 6 hours of bright sunlight to thrive. Not receiving enough light can cause them to become leggy and stunted. Place your jade plant on a spot where it can receive direct sunlight like a porch or south or west-facing window. Young plants need bright indirect sunlight. Exposing them to direct sunlight when they are young can scorch their foliage.
Can a Jade Plant Tolerate Cold?
The ideal temperatures for a jade plant are 18° to 24°C which can go down to 13°C in winters and at night. They can’t tolerate frost so keep them inside when temperatures drop to 10°C in autumn. It is better to remove jade plants from cold windows or draft areas during the winter. In extreme conditions, they can endure shock and drop their leaves.
When to Transplant a Jade Plant?
Jade plants should be transplanted in early spring, right before they actively begin to grow. Avoid making any changes to the plant during the cooler season. Always re-pot to a pot only one or two sizes bigger. Don’t water the plant for a week after repotting. Fertilising should be avoided for a month too to not burn the fresh roots.
How Often to Repot a Jade Plant?
A jade plant is a slow-growing plant. It can easily grow in small pots for years. Repot every two to three years if your plant is small. If it is larger, repot in every four to five years.
When to Fertilise a Jade Plant?
Jade plants don’t demand high levels of nutrients. Fertilise them only every four months or so. In case you see leaves falling use a nitrogen-based fertiliser.
Common Issues with Jade Plants
Jade plants can sometimes behave in a way that shows they’re facing some problems. Here are some common issues-
Why do Jade Plant Leaves Fall Off?
There can be a number of reasons why your jade plant is shedding leaves. The most common reason is that it doesn’t have well-draining soil. This leads to excess moisture causing root rot. Other reasons can be an improper watering schedule, not getting enough light or pests.
Why do Jade Plants Develop White Spots?
White spots on your jade plant are an indication of powdery mildew. It is a white mould that is a common fungus. They can form because of poor air circulation, high humidity and low light conditions.
You can treat it by simply spraying a solution of vinegar and baking soda on the jade plant.
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