Flora and Fauna: Jade Plants

These gorgeous low maintenance plants may grow to be your favorite part of your indoor garden.


Older jade plants (Crassula ovata) may begin to look like small trees, but they are actually succulents!

What this means is they really don’t need a lot of water – you are more likely to kill them with over watering than anything else.

They demand high porosity, well draining soil – any sitting moisture in their pots is no good.

In my experience you’re better off erring on the side of under watering them, than over watering them – and making sure the soil is bone dry before doing so.

If the soil remains damp for an extended period of time, you may need to check for root-rot, and re-pot your plant.

Most jade plants and their relatives flourish in bright sunlight, but there are a few kinds that prefer the light to be indirect.

There are quite a few different plants the look similar to Jade plants, such as the elephant bush, so it’s important to do your research and see what the exact needs of your plant are.

If you take good care of them they can grow quite big and live for decades – I’m hoping mine do.

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