One of the most recommended plants that we can have at home and that is very popular in homes around the world is the jade plant or jade tree . According to tradition, this plant will attract fortune and wealth. In addition, it is one of the plants that most help purify the air inside buildings, so it will also allow us to breathe a healthier atmosphere.
If you have decided to get one for your home and want to know Jade plant care and know some of its most important characteristics, read on and tell us how.
Jade plant care
The jade plant, whose scientific name is Crassula ovata. It is a plant that today can be found in many places on the planet, although its origin should be found in southern Africa. It is a succulent evergreen plant, characteristic for having a strong stem that can grow to become woody and green leaves jade (which gives the popular name), in cases of receiving much light, can reach turn pinkish in the part of the tip. As a curiosity, these leaves grow in opposite pairs along the stem and branches and, under the right conditions, this plant has white flowers that appear from the beginning of autumn to the beginning of winter.
This is a simple guide to the basic care of the jade or jade tree:
Irrigation of the jade plant
The plant or jade tree, being a succulent plant, needs little water to be healthy. In fact, it is best to water only when your land is completely dry, avoiding watering when the soil is still wet and, above all, avoiding the presence of excess water in the bottom of the pot, if you have put one. In fact, an excess of water could negatively affect the plant, which would lead to the putrefaction of the roots and the fall of the leaves, usually starting with the ones closest to the soil itself.
In this way, it is best to water only when the soil is dry. In winter, this can be about once a week. In summer, you can do a more frequent watering, between two and three times a week if you get to produce high evaporation of water from the pot. However, when in doubt, it will always be better to stay short of water than to go.
Light for the jade tree
On the other hand, another of the aspects that require attention when caring for a jade plant is light. The jade plant needs to be located in a place where it has at least 4 hours of light per day. However, it is a plant that does not tolerate direct exposure well. When this happens, their leaves end up burning and falling off. Before this happens, they usually show pinkish colorations, especially in the final part of the leaves. When this happens, it will be a clear indication that the jade plant is receiving too much light or, at least, too much direct light.
Cleaning and pruning
Another important element when taking care of the jade plant is to keep it clean. In this sense, it is essential to remove the fallen leaves, fallen or in poor condition, since their putrefaction could negatively affect the plant. Also, if you want to carry out a pruning, it can be done at the end of winter. Although, when done, it will be very important not to overdo the stem or the part closest to the ground, since it is the most sensitive area of the plant and could affect your health too much. The most advisable, in case you want to prune it, it will be done in the highest and strongest branches.
Reproduce the jade plant
If it is desired that the jade plant reproduce, it will be necessary to facilitate flowering. The flowering of the jade plant happens in autumn. Therefore, if we want to favor the appearance of flowers, it is best to stop watering during this period or, at least, to do so with less intensity. In this way, the combination of lack of water, less light and colder days, will stimulate the plant to develop flowers.
However, if you want to reproduce the jade plant to have more than one, a much simpler option to obtain it will be by means of cuttings. To obtain a cut of the jade plant it will be enough to cut a branch of the plant and put it in water for two or three days. After that time, even if the branch has not developed roots, the plant must be transplanted to a pot with abundant earth and, if possible, to have organic humus, and to water it abundantly.
After having transplanted it, it will proceed to water with the normality of an adult jade plant. This process can be slow, like the growth of the jade plant itself. However, if it is done well, after two or three months, it will be possible to verify that the plant begins to grow and develop at a faster rate.