THE JOY OF JADE
Jade plant grows outdoors as a handsome succulent shrub in its native South Africa and other warm, dry, frost-free locations. But most of us know it as an easy-to-grow houseplant that looks like a miniature tree. Jade plant has a rounded shape, with a thick trunk and many side branches. Its fleshy, oval leaves are glossy jade-green color. Outdoors, jade plant bears clusters of small, starry, white or light pink flowers in late winter or spring. But when grown as a houseplant, it tends to flower sparsely or not at all. With a little care, jade plant can be quite long-lived and grow to an impressive size, even as a houseplant.
Common name: Jade plant Plant type: Succulent shrub, mostly grown as a houseplant
Zones: 11 to 12 outdoors; anywhere indoors Height: 2 to 4 feet
Growing conditions Sun: Bright, sunny window.Soil: Well-drained houseplant or cactus potting mixesMoisture: Average to dry; avoid overwatering My kind of houseplant not overwatering.....
Care Mulch: None Pruning: Cut back branch tips to shape plant and reduce size. Fertilizer: Apply diluted soluble fertilizer every month or two from spring to fall; reduce or eliminate fertilizer in winter.
Propagation Root individual leaves or stem cuttings.
Pests and diseases
• Root and stem rot may develop if soil is too wet.
Garden notes Its treelike form makes jade plant popular for indoor bonsai creations. Wide but shallow clay pots are ideal for jade plants; they help prevent overly wet soil and provide stability for these top-heavy plants. Jade plant is super-easy to propagate; it can grow roots not only from stem cuttings but even from the base of a single leaf. All in the family Jade plant is a member of the stonecrop family (Crassulaceae),this I didn't not know stone crop family.... an interesting group of succulent plants that have a specialized form of photosynthesis. Other stonecrop family members often grown as houseplants or in gardens include sedum (Sedum spp.), kalanchoe (Kalanchoe spp.), and hens-and-chicks (Sempervivum spp.) So if you can find some jade plants pick them up because they are fun, easy to grow in the house all year round. Work really well in the miniature gardens that you want to make this spring.
Till next time, this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty, Iowa