Photos, Tips, and Care of 3 Kinds of Jade Plant
Crassula Ovata: Jade Plant
The jade plant, or Crassula ovata, is known by even the beginning gardener. It is grown in pots and gardens all over the world. The jades pictured here, planted on a slope of clay soil, are hardy and get no extra watering. It is a very easy plant for Mediterranean climates and outdoor cultivation.
This jade plant below is called the gollum. There are new cultivars that are crosses of the naturals of nature. The Crassula ovata 'gollum' is one of them.
The trunk on my plant is thick, but all the branches can easily be snapped off. The goal is to keep it small but try to form it in to a pleasing shape like a bonsai. I have seen one specimen that was five feet tall.
Four Images of Crassula Ovata GollumClick thumbnail to view full-size
This is the jade plant with lots of red. Succulents with a hint of red are my favorites. The 'compacta' has smaller leaves than the green version. This potted jade gets a watering every week during the hot summer months.
Their location in the yard gets very hot summer sun and the jades are hardy enough to survive with only 5-6 waterings between June and September.
Silver Jade Plant
This silver jade plant also known as Blue Bird Jade and Silver Dollar plant is not a Crassula ovata. It is a Crassula arborescens. It is a light blue and in the sun all day each leaf becomes edged with red. The leaves are thick and hold lots of water. They have a very thin layer of a powder like covering that comes off when wiped or touched. We will be seeing it more often in Southern California as gardeners become aware of it. It is more striking than the jade from a distance, and a beefy beauty close up. Care for it as you would any jade plant.
Crassula ArborscensClick thumbnail to view full-size
Start Succulent Cuttings for Everyone You Know
Succulents are sometimes called the friendship plant. It is easy to start a new plant with the smallest of clippings. Why pay $4.00 for those tiny 2 inch pots from the grocery store or hardware store?
All my neighbors that have succulents near the front walk are very friendly. They may not know it.
Care of Jade Plants for Beginners
Use a cutting of a jade plant for the kids as a first plant to grow. If you are in a freeze-free climate, it can be used as a landscape accent or put in a pot in a sunny outdoor spot. If you live in the colder snowy climes, it will happily be an indoor plant with plenty of direct sun.
The first rule to remember is not to over-water the plant. Since the plant is tolerant of stress, that is all you need to know. If the first cutting does not survive, that is a lesson too.
Believe me, any jade that is established will need to be trimmed. Lots of cuttings will be thrown in the trash after a good shaping. This is one reason to not care if someone should take a pinch of a succulent plant.
Many jades are sold as a bonsai online. Do not pay more for a plant because it is labeled bonsai. Any branch cut off from the mother jade looks like a bonsai. Just look for a nice clipping from an established plant and start your own bonsai.
Small Succulent Plant Cuttings
Do you take small cuttings when out and about the neighborhood?
Jade Plant PhotosClick thumbnail to view full-size
Experiment with Photo Closeups
One of the most intriguing aspects of growing succulents is the visual closeup. The succulent garden is a whole new world when the visitor gets up close and sees the smallest sprout, or the brightness of color on a tip or cluster.
© 2013 Sherry Venegas