How to Grow and Care For a Jade Plant

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Generally speaking the jade plant is simple to grow. This plant is a succulent and native to the country of Argentina. Hot, dry conditions are where the plant will do best. They are natural bloomers, but often do not bloom indoors. At least eight years of growth are needed before the plant flowers.

Most home gardeners do not purchase a jade plant for its attractive flowers. They buy it for the beautiful bluish-green leaves and foliage from where it got its name. With the right growing conditions and care, the plant can grow to ten feet in height. But do not expect a jade grown indoors to reach this size.

When deciding on a soil for your plant, choose a cactus medium or sandy loam. Many varieties can be found at a nursery center that closely matches the jade plant natural surroundings. Succulents are prone to root rot so be careful not to over water.

Sparse water and well-drained soil will reduce the chance of rot problems from ever developing. Of course, all growing pots must have drainage holes. First adding a layer of pebbles then soil helps drainage as well.

Keep in mind not to let your jade plant to get excessively dry, either. If you see the jade leaves begin to fall-off, and the plant looks sickly and scraggly lack of water is the likely culprit. If this happens prune back the sickly portion and water the plant. Odds are the plant will rejuvenate itself to good health.

The jade plant is sun loving. So, you want to give it at least five hours of sunlight each day. Choose a window that provides as much sunlight as possible. The jade plant should be just fine with occasional water and sufficient sunlight.

When buying your plant do so from a reputable nursery. Inspect the plant for good health. New leaves and shoots should be developing. Look at the roots to see if they are wound-up tight or are they growing into a pot with room to spare. Look at the underside of leaves for aphids and other garden pests.

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