How to Care for Crassula Ovata (Jade Plant)

Crassula Ovata, which is commonly known as the Jade Plant, Lucky Plant, Money Tree, and Money Plant, makes a great indoor house plant. The name Money Plant or Money tree refers to the myth attached to the plant; in some cultures, it was considered to bring the wealth in the house. This plant is from the KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa, and Mozambique. This plant is one of our favorite indoor plants.

The Jade Plant is like a miniature tree, with a small and fragile stem and lots of branches and leaves of dark green color. This is a succulent plant and can store water in its leaves. The plant needs plenty of light and proper water supply for better indoor growth. The plant produces pink and white flowers during the blooming season.

How to Water Crassula Ovata (Jade Plant)

The Jade Plant is a succulent plant and its water needs are closely related to the other succulent plants, and the best time to water them is when their pot soil has completely dried up. You can check soil, by either dipping your finger in the soil or checking the weight of the pot. If your pot feels heavy that means the soil of your pot has some water left in it. When the pot is completely dry you can water it by following.

  • Do water it through flooding, always provide it water sparingly. And only provide enough water for it.
  • Keep watering until the water reaches the bottom of the soil, after that you can place them somewhere until it can drain the excess water. Better to place it near a window facing east.
  • The plant’s water needs are different according to climate and temperature. In hot weather, it needs more frequent watering and in winter it requires moderate watering.

Lighting and Temperature needs for Crassula Ovata (Jade Plant)

This is a succulent plant, so it has the similar light requirements as other succulent plants. This needs full sunlight during the winter and during the summer it requires a shady place. You can grow it outside and inside as well. But sudden exposure of indoor plants to outdoor environment can cause their leaves to be sunburned.

This plant needs temperature between 60°f / 15.5°c and 75°f / 24°c. You can grow it in the indoor temperatures. The plant will not survive if it faces the cold temperature below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Try to provide it moderate temperature so that it can thrive.

Soil needs for Crassula Ovata (Jade Plant)

The Jade Plant has very delicate roots, and the moisture in the soil is harmful to them. So, we need the soil for the Jade Plant’s that can quickly drain. Such soil for the pots can easily be created by mixing the sand and soil. The more sand you add the more soil will be able to quickly drain the water.

Apart from sand, you can also mix perlite, vermiculite, green fertilizers, and compost. You crush and mix these materials and put them into the pot. This type of soil will be more able to quickly drain water and will protect the roots of the plant. This will also provide the Jade Plant with the necessary elements needed for its growth.

Fertilizer for Crassula Ovata (Jade Plant)

The Jade Plant needs proper supply of fertilizers for faster growth and beautiful blossom. You can provide it house plant fertilizers in different ways, such as adding it into the pot soil creation is an effective idea.

But you can also provide it fertilizers from by mixing the fertilizer in the water and then watering the plant with this fertilizer mixture. This is an effective method because all the fertilizer that you will provide to the plant, will be absorbed in the soil and then from the soil, it will move into the plant’s roots.

How to Repot Crassula Ovata (Jade Plant)

The Jade Plant grows fast if the conditions are right and soon it grows bigger than its pot, this is the time to repot it into a bigger container pot. But you need to wait for the right season (spring in this case) to repot it.

First, you need to prepare a bigger pot and fill it with the required type of potting soil and then transfer it from one pot to the other. After repotting, provide the plant with some water so that the roots of the Jade Plant can adjust in the new soil.

How to Propagate Crassula Ovata (Jade Plant)

It is easy to probate the plant with the help of cuttings the stem and its leaves. To propagate it with the help of stem cuttings, you need to cut the branches of the mature plant and then place it in the new pot. Similarly, you need to cut the leaves of the plant and then keep them in a moist environment for sometimes and then transfer them to the pot. They will slowly grow into a plant. 

Growing from Seeds:

You can grow the Jade Plant from the seeds, the plant produces small seeds that are sewn into the damp pot soil, to keep the soil moist, provide a small amount of water only. When seedling appears out of the soil, you need to wait for them to grow a little and then repot them.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Can we grow the Jade Plant from seeds?

Answer:  Yes, we can easily grow the Jade Plant from the seeds.

Question: Is the Jade Plant poisonous?

Answer: Yes, the Jade Plant is toxic to horses, and dogs, and cats, as well as mildly toxic to humans.

Question: Are Jade Plants Lucky?

Answer: The Jade Plant is renowned for good luck and is also considered to bring wealth into the house. This is a myth that is still alive in some cultures.

Question: Why my Jade Plant leaves fall off?

Answer: if the Jade Plant is kept in a very hot or very cold environment, its leaves can fall off. So, you should check the conditions and try to change these.