The jade plant is a succulent with fleshy, oval-shaped leaves and thick, woody stems that resemble tiny tree trunks. With just a bit of care, it can grow to be between 3 and 6 feet tall, but it does so slowly, growing about 2 inches a year. Jade are native to southeast Africa and Mozambique. In its native habitat, jades can grow more than 7 feet tall with a woody trunk, lush, green succulent leaves and pinkish blooms.
Watering: During spring/summer months, jade plants should be watered often to maintain soil is moisture but not wet (just make sure their drainage is immaculate). Reduce watering to once monthly in the winter.
Light Requirements: Bright, indirect light. Requires a minimum of 4-6 hours of light each day. Avoid direct sun as this can scorch a jade's leaves.
Humidity Needs: Average household humidity.
Soil Preference: Well draining, neutral soil. A cactus or succulent mix is ideal.
Fertilizing: Well-balanced fertilizer at 1/4 strength 1-2x/month during spring/summer months. Suspend fertilizing during fall/winter.
Repotting: Every 4-5 years to ensure soil nutrients.
Pet Safe: No - Small amounts of the plant can induce vomiting which is helpful in reducing the impact to your pet's health. If the pet doesn’t vomit out the toxic material, the Jade plant may cause them to become lethargic and refuse to move or respond to the usual treats or commands. Consult your vet should this become the case.
Common Issues: Most susceptible to mealy bugs. Early identification of these fuzzy bugs who produce a sticky "web-like" substance is the best way to protect your plant. Treat by using a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove bugs. Repeating as necessary until bugs disappear entirely.
*Not intended to be a comprehensive list of jade varieties.
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