The jade plant rules your lush garden. If you believe that a plant can change your luck, this succulent will bring you good luck. And since you can’t be very lucky, growing more jade plants could put you on your way to winning the lottery.
Joking aside, the beauty of the jade plant makes it indispensable in every garden, whether lush or different. Not to mention the plant has so many varieties and varieties that you are sure to find the right succulent combination for any setting.
Some varieties of jade are small and compact with moderate light and water requirements, making them ideal for offices. Others have more elaborate foliage and ask as much time as you can spare them. The only thing to be careful about is the toxicity of jade plants. Keep them out of the reach of children and pets in the house.
One of the main attractions of the money plant, at least for me, has always been its thick and fleshy leaves. To be fair, that’s all the plant has to offer. Some stubby leaves grow close to the stem, forming a stepladder in a harmonious and compact design.
But give it enough time and this jade will grow up to six feet under the right conditions. In most settings, you’ll want to keep it trimmed to about 3 feet or less. I keep mine with over-pruning within the one-foot limit.
This jade has many names, but the most popular is the money plant. You should get a godsend in taking care of this succulent plant. I’m still waiting for mine It grows well outdoors in zones 11 and 12 and has a low tolerance to wet soil. Expect small white or pink flowers in early spring. Both partial shade and indirect sunlight are ideal.
If pruning the jade succulent is too much work for you, consider Crosby’s Red. It is inherently compact and will not grow an inch over 3 feet. If that’s too tall for your lush garden or office space, you can still manage its size with moderate pruning.
As a tropical plant, this jade thrives in zones 10 and 11, although it adapts well to indoor environments as long as you can keep temperatures above 75 ° F year round. The leaves of the jade are unique in shape and color. They look like little tubes with light green stems and dark red edges.
Although you can set it up in full sun without any problems, the delicate leaves get sunburned easily in the hot and dry summer. So keep an eye on those red borders. If they spread to the rest of the leaf, the plant is stressed and needs less sun exposure.
If you are familiar with JRR Tolkein and the world of The Lord Of The Ring, you might be tempted to grow this variety of jade. Gollum is a fictional character with grotesque features due to his obsession with the ring. Which makes it pretty unfair to name this strain of jade after this character. For one, the jade has shiny and bright green leaves in the form of long and slender tubes. The bundles of tubes look more like tiny birds in a nest waiting to be fed.
The compact gollum does not grow more than 1 m on average. Even if you plant it outdoors, it will keep its compact size. And because of its slow growth rate, you don’t have to worry about repotting or pruning the plant for the first 2 to 3 years of its life. If there is enough sunlight, the jade will also produce white and pink flowers. She can tolerate both full sun and partial shade and will not show any stress if you sometimes forget to water her.
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This variety breaks apart from the other Jades as it tries to get in they insert almost normal looking leaves. No tubes or shrek ears. Just simple dark green leaves that make it look like any other plant. In fact, the broad and flat leaves look anything but the leaves of a succulent plant.
On average, you can expect Ripple Jade to reach about four feet after about 3 years from the time you planted it.It can also handle cold spells even though it is not up to the frost.
In rare cases, the Ripple Jade produces white flowers. But whether you grow her indoors or outdoors, don’t expect her to flower regularly, if at all. However, the wavy and broad leaves that keep their green tones throughout the year are reason enough to grow and care for this easy-care succulent.
Minima is an exotic variety of jade that will add a colorful shade and flair to your lush garden. Plus its small size. This is a really compact jade that can barely grow above 2.5 feet. Of course, with succulents, the smaller the better. So if you grow a naturally tiny jade in a pot, you don’t have to worry about it deforming or running over the edges of the pot.
You won’t obliterate the minima with your care either. It hardly needs any food and occasionally needs water. If you live in zones 10 and 11 you can grow her outdoors, otherwise she can grow well indoors over a heat mat. The flowers of the minima are small and coral pink. But it only blooms outdoors and in full sun. Another interesting aspect of this strain is that you can propagate it with a leaf cutting. You don’t even have to plant the leaf. Just let it fall flat on the ground and roots will grow out of it.
You are now probably at the overdramatic naming of the jade varieties in. used to general. But Hummels Sunset describes this variety perfectly. The thick and short stems bear rows of coin-like leaves with colors ranging from light green to maroon. It looks like a well-cared for bonsai that you’ve worked on for years.
If you are growing this jade indoors, don’t expect it to grow over a foot when fully ripe. However, outdoors, the succulent plant can grow up to 3 feet. And it will take years to finally reach that humble height. So you can add Hummel’s Sunset to your easy-care succulent selection list.
If you are lucky, the plant will also produce pink or white flowers in spring. But that is rare and almost superfluous given the very decorative leaves. It is also more tolerant of cold weather than other varieties of jade. You can easily grow them in zones 9 through 12. And if you’d prefer the leaves to be more reddish tones, keep the plant in a shady spot.
Harbor Lights brings us back to the familiar territories of the jade succulents. The short leaves, the thick and shiny surfaces, and the tiny stature. But most importantly, the leaves stay dark green all year round with just a hint of brown around the edges to highlight the glossy green leaves.
The average height of Harbor Lights is 60 cm and as usual it takes it is Time to get this high It thrives in full sun, but less in partial shade. So this is not a typical house or office plant. It doesn’t do well in cooler zones either, so outdoor growing should only be limited to zones 10 and 11. For zones under 10, the only place it can be grown is in a greenhouse.
The flowers of this variety are pinkish-white and take 8 hours of full sun to bloom. Blooming is a hit-or-miss thing at Harbor Lights. In this it is not very different from other tropical succulents that grow in less than ideal conditions.
Lemon & Lime
At first glance, the Lemon & Lime looks like any other houseplant. It has glossy leaves with green on the top and creamy yellow on the underside. The stems are rather slender and the leaves are not as fleshy as other types of jade. Add to this the exceptional height of the plant, which towers over 4 feet, and you have the right to confuse it with any other plant.
Sometimes, given the right conditions, the leaves get a pink tinge around the tips, and some of the creamy colors creep up the top of the leaf and blend with the shiny green. And on top of that, the white flowers will inevitably bloom in early spring. To say this is a very decorative strain of jade that deserves a good corner in your lush garden is putting it mildly.
Wildlife like deer have no appetite for lemon and lime, so your plants are safe from their devastation. You can grow this jade in zones 9 to 11, where it gets by with little water and even fewer nutrients in the soil.
We end our exotic list of jade plant species with this fancy jade that looks like it came from an alien planet. The Crassula Perforata deserves a long break here. It’s not your average variety of jade, with glossy green leaves and an occasional touch of pink or maroon brown. This is a completely different plant with triangular leaves that look like figs that are strung into a string and dried.
If you are unfamiliar with the surprises of the species of jade, you might assume the plant is one Art installation in the middle of the children’s room. When the Crassula perforata reaches full maturity, it will be a foot or two at most; the flowers appear at the tip of each stem. They are usually pale yellow and look like buttons due to their small size.
After the flowers have faded, the stems suddenly dry out. Even the leaves lose their pale green and reddish color and turn yellow. This is your cue for pruning the overgrown stems and pruning them back to encourage new stems to grow in the spring.
You can plant this variety of jade in zones 9 to 11 in a sunny spot. It also thrives in partial shade and doesn’t require much maintenance other than occasional watering and annual pruning.