The jade plant is a popular succulent houseplant with fleshy, oval leaves and thick, woody stems that resemble small tree trunks. The jade plant is a popular succulent houseplant with fleshy, oval-shaped leaves and thick, woody stems that resemble small tree trunks. The jade plant is a branching succulent shrub that is often grown indoors, with thick, woody stems and fleshy, oblong, bright green, fleshy leaves up to two inches long. The jade plant is a popular succulent houseplant with fleshy, oval leaves and thick, woody stems that resemble small tree trunks.
These revered plants are often given as housewarming or congratulatory gifts. Simply stick their leaves (stem end down) into the soil, where they will grow new roots. My indoor jade plants tend to get a bit wiry and heavy, causing them to droop under the weight. Also known as a lucky plant, money plant or money tree, the jade plant signifies luck, prosperity and friendship in many Asian cultures.
Like many species in the Crassulaceae family, the jade plant is toxic to horses, dogs and cats, as well as slightly toxic to humans, in some cases, through skin contact. If you like the look of the jade plant, you can try growing other types of succulents, such as button string and hen and chick succulents.
Does the jade plant need sunlight?
First of all, don't fertilize them during the fall and winter months, as they go into a dormant state over the winter and you don't want to force new growth. One important thing to keep in mind is that you should water your Jade plant in the usual way and then water it with the water from the fertilizer. They can even handle some direct sunlight coming through the window, something that many houseplants can't handle without getting sunburned. In fact, it's better to keep them a little root bound, rather than putting them in a pot that's too big.
If you pinch off the new tips or prune the leg growth to encourage branching, your plant will grow fuller and thicker. However, they are sensitive to sunburn, so it's important to put them in the sun gradually over several weeks. Keep the soil moist but not wet during the growing season (spring and summer) and let the soil dry out during the dormant season (fall and winter).
Is the jade plant indoors or outdoors?
When grown indoors, jade plants can reach a height of up to 1.5 metres and are well suited to the warm air conditions of the home. They may be accompanied by a general drooping or wilting of the whole plant, but should recover quickly once watered. Houseplants benefit from being moved outdoors in summer, as they respond to the additional sunlight and warmer weather with increased vigour, growth and colour. As they are normally only grown indoors, they can be brought indoors or started at any time, either at a professional nursery or by propagation.
The jade plant above is a jade propagation I made from a large branch cut from my mother's jade plant. As with most plants, the life of the plant is shortened when grown indoors and so it is advised to grow the jade plant outdoors unless absolutely necessary. With a little extra effort, regular sunlight and fertilization (once every six months) the jade plant will easily bring life to your residence.