Every home should have a jade plant (Crassula ovata) for its beauty, versatility and hardiness, and, it is almost impossible to kill indoors and out. I guess that’s why they’re also called the ‘lucky plant’, ‘money plant’ and ‘friendship plant’, obviously a crowd pleaser. Originating from the deserts of South Africa, they like the sun and harsh, sandy soil conditions so it makes sense to replicate those conditions, wherever you are, by planting into well-draining soil and positioning with a east to north facing aspect. In the winter, if your area is prone to frost, you should bring indoors, again finding a warm, sunny position to keep them happy. I leave mine outdoors in winter as Melbourne only produces a few intermittent days of frost, although they may suffer a little, they will bounce back in spring.
With some cultivars, you will get the best colours in full sun as they become a little heat stressed and throw off shades of green, gold, yellow and even flushes of red, depending on the cultivar. Hummel’s Sunset is a good example, as the mix of colour changes depending on where you position this plant. Green with a red edge in shade, tending to yellow and gold in the sun and tips of candy red when stressed. The image (below) of Hummel’s Sunset shows the tri colouring that can be achieved. This was taken at the end of summer, and not a particularly hot one. It sits on the front porch at home where it gets lots of early morning to early afternoon sun. With a north-west position, the leaves would have turned yellow with enhanced red tips.
Most Crassula ovata cultivars are branching in their natural form and growth habit which makes them a perfect specimen to loosely bonsai. The stems typically fork and grow with offshoots that needs some controlling but that’s about it. The offshoots are perfect for propagating like the one shown here of the mother plant and its baby.
There are over 1,400 types of jade plants, a couple of examples follow.
Ripple Jade with its wavy blue green, burgundy edged leaves.
Ruby and its less rounded leaves with a burgundy flush of colour and edge
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