Jades look very much like miniature trees and often have an appealing bonsai quality.
The jade plant is well known for its bonsai capabilities, since it forms a bonsai very easily when pruning is done correctly. Many who learn bonsai begin with a jade plant, since they are durable, easy to put through the bonsai process, and attractive
The jade plant is an evergreen with thick branches. It has thick, shiny, smooth, leaves that grow in opposing pairs along the branches.
Jade plants can grow to a height of 24 inches when indoors. They have a shrub-like form with thick branches and smooth, oval-shaped leaves. The plants are fairly resilient and easy to grow.
They grow well in containers and like the warm, dry conditions found in most homes.
Generally, Jade plants are very easy and productive plants to grow, provided that their needs are understood and met.
- Grow in a single pot with an all-purpose soil blend.
- Provide medium light daily for a few hours; keeping it in the kitchen or office is a great spot with just enough light.
- The plant prefers room temperature in general, but slightly cooler in the winter (55 degrees F).
- Allow to dry between waterings, keeping the soil moderately dry.
- If shedding or brown spots occur on the leaves, however, it is an indication the plant needs more water.
- During the winter months you can water less, but do not let it over-dry.
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Note: Grow the Jade in a small pot and hold back the water. This may persuade them to flower. Cooler temperatures in the winter promote bloom, too.