Jade is also commonly known as Lucky Plant. It is extensively used in Feng Shui, the idea of which is to harmonise human existence with the surrounding environment.
Their ability to thrive under artificial light and hot temperatures make for perfect table top companions.
Jade can live for many, many years. If you received this plant as a young person, then it could be in your life well into old age. Moving homes with you, watching your family grow, and generally sharing all your home life experiences. As a result maybe one day when you are older and casually glance over and see it in the corner looking back, you might think your Jade Plant is one of your most priceless and treasured living possessions.
With age it will have thick tree-like branches with fleshy, glossy and smooth, leaves. They are coloured jade green (hence its name) with many having a slightly red tinge towards the edge of leaves when exposed to high light levels.
How do you pronounce Crassula ovata correctly? Say: KRASS-you-luh Oh-VAY-tuh
Great growth will come from being placed in a position with a great deal of natural sunlight. However the plant will get by in slightly darker places and will even do well in a windowless room (it would obviously need artificial lighting!).
If the sunlight is too harsh, then the leaves may take on more of a dark purple colour. Just move it to a slightly darker area or gradually accustom the plant to more light over time. The purple should fade in time and revert back to the familiar lime green.
As with most succulents, Jade Plants are tough and adaptable to many situations and a variety of treatments, however they wont last long if you constantly over water. Water well, then wait for the soil to dry out before doing it again. In Winter you want to give enough to keep the soil just barely moist.
How to Care for the Alocasia Recap:
Bright Light: Good amounts of light are ideal, some sun if possible. Semi-shade will be tolerated but not deep shade.
Low Watering: Water well and then wait until the soil is almost dry before watering again.
Average Temperature: Not lower than 10°C.
Low Feeding: You only need to feed Jade Plants occasionally. We feed ours three times a year, once in Spring, Summer and Fall.
- Don't overwater.
- Stems will become brittle over time so take care when handling a mature plant to prevent damage.