Sunday, October 7, 2012

How to Grow the Jade Plant

One of the most popular succulent plants is the Jade plant. It's serenely elegant and quite easy to grow. Beginners to the world of plants will find this plant a a good one to get started with.

I grew this one from cuttings that I pinched off of my mother's jade plant. I put them right into a pot filled with potting soil.  Then I kept the soil a little on the moist side for a few weeks to get it established. After it successfully rooted I gave it to my friend, Byron, and it is doing quite well!

Crassula argentea is its botanical name. Its native home is South Africa. As a mature plant it will produce pinkish-white sprays of starry-shaped flowers. 

Care Instructions-- 
  • Prefers some direct sun but bright indirect light is ok. 
  • Let it dry out some, a little below the soil line, then water thoroughly.  
  • Fertilize regularly.
  • Cuttings can be rooted in water, per lite or potting soil.

**For a variety of  video clips on houseplant care from my 90's TV series, click here:    The Indoor Garden TV show

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