Similar in many respects to its close relative Crassula arborescens, this succulent has glossy, dark green, spoon-shaped fleshy leaves which grow from a treelike trunk. It may produce pretty, but short-lived, pink or white flowers in spring.
C. ovata likes the warm, dry atmosphere of a heated home and does not require much attention. If it is necessary to prune the plant, dust the wounds with sulfur or cigarette ash to stem the flow of sap.
Mist the leaves occasionally to clean them. The jade tree, or money tree as it is sometimes called, is a slow grower and should last for many years.
ORIGIN South Africa (Namaqualand to Transvaal).
HEIGHT To 3ft/90cm.
REPOTTING Move only when necessary, probably every other year. Once plants are in 8-in/20-cm pots, top-dress annually instead.
PROPAGATION Sow seed in a propagator or root individual leaves or stem cuttings in a peat/sand mixture at room temperature. Allow cuttings to dry out for a few days before planting.
KEEPING PLANTS Stand the plant outside in summer in a sunny, protected spot.
CRASSULA OVATA Jade plant Crassulaceae PLANT CARE
- Bright light with some direct sunlight. ®
- Minimum winter temperature of 45°F/7°C; this plant can withstand high temperatures.
- Water 2 or 3 times a week in spring and summer, once a month in winter.
- Apply a high-potash fertilizer every 2 weeks from spring to fall only.
- Leaves drop in winter the room is too warm; move the plant to a cooler location.
- Check stems and roots regularly for mealybugs; check roots for signs of weevil grubs.
- If the plant becomes spindly, move it to a brighter location.