How to Care for Jade Money Plant

About Jade Money Plant

Most plant parents have one common plant that their grandparents or relatives may have gifted them as a positive emblem, i.e., a Money Plant. Jade Money Plants are the forerunners of the succulent family of Crassula, whose history dates back to ancient Chinese culture.

The Chinese viewed jade money plants as a good luck charm whose ‘growth’ symbolized a consequent increase in the bank balances of the plant owners. Whether this worked as a motivating source or a voodoo myth, their culture has successfully made most of us believe in this tradition.

The Jade money plant is said to have a harmonizing effect on the human environment and lives up to several years if you are a good plant parent. With age, the stems turn into thick branches with smooth, juicy, and glossy leaves. When exposed to direct sunlight, the tips of the leaves catch on to a reddish hue.

Once the leaves turn brown and woody, the jade plant can be nurtured into a bonsai.

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How to Water Jade Plants?

You cannot follow the average plant watering drill with your precious Jade plants. Did you know too much water can lead to root rot and kill those delicate darlings?

Intimidated?

Don’t be. We will put some thumb rules across, so you know exactly how to water your Jades.

  • How to water jade money plants in summer

If you are maintaining outdoor jades, it is wise to place the pot under a porch or a garage shade where it can escape direct sunlight. In addition, it is advisable to water your Jade plants once a week during summers because of all the natural sunlight it will be getting.

  • How to water jade money plants in winter

Jade plants do not require frequent watering during winters because the leaves hold on to the absorbed water for a more extended time than during summers. Ideally, you should water your Jade plant once every two weeks during winters

  • How to water jade money plants outdoors

It is wise to keep jade plants outdoors because they will receive the most natural sunlight, which allows for better growth.

If your Jade plant is not used to too much direct sunlight, it might affect their growth, as their leaves will turn deep purple. In this case, you should move the plants under a shade to allow for slow adaptation to the sunlight. Once the plant starts adapting, you will notice the leaves turn lime green again, and you can move it slightly closer under direct sunlight.

  • How to water money jade plants indoors

Yes! It is safe to plant your jade indoors. However, if you plan to grow your Jade indoors, you must keep it near the window where it can get some natural sunlight. If that is insufficient, you need to create some unnatural light source inside your house.

When it comes to watering a Jade plant indoors, once every two weeks is more than enough to help sustain the plant.

So, how would you know if your Jade plant needs more watering?

If you notice your plant losing out on its leaves or has developed leaf spots, you will need to water it more often.

It is foolish to follow a watering schedule as you do with other plants. However, the general thumb rule to follow while watering your Jade plants is to water them when the top 1-2 inches of the soil is dry.

  • Avoid Root Rot

Overwatering your jade plant might result in root rot, which we want to avoid at all costs.

Signs of impending root rot?

  • Yellowing of the leaves.
  • The leaves will drop continuously
  • The leaves will turn soft
  • The leaves are turning extremely dry

These signs indicate that you hold back on the frequent watering until the leaves have restored their original color and texture.

Sunlight Requirement / Where to Grow

Whether you are growing them indoors or outdoors, Jades are tropical succulents, which means they love bright sunlight. Here is how you can ensure they get enough sunlight:

  • Need Bright Natural Light

Natural light from the sun is essential, so you are doing a great job keeping your favourite succulent outdoors. Direct natural sunlight is suitable for their longevity. Still, if your plant is not used to too much direct sunlight, it might show signs of discoloration where the leaves will turn dark purple. Immediately bring the plant under shade, and gradually the purple leaves will fade into lime green.

It is a good idea to gradually introduce your Jade Plant to direct sunlight by starting off under the shade and day by day inching it closer to direct sunlight.

  • Cons of not Getting Enough Light

While it is true that the succulent species can survive without direct sunlight, your Jade will flourish if it gets four hours of direct sunlight in a day.

If you start seeing signs of the leaves dropping and turning limp, it is time to shift your Jade Plant to a much brighter spot.

Be mindful to not leave your plant next to the window at night during winters. They disagree with the cold, Brr!

Temperature Requirement

Yes! You need to keep your Jade Plant within a specified temperature range for it to thrive. What does this mean?

Well, your Jade plant should not remain in an area with temperatures more than 24 °C and less than 10 °C.

Ideally, Jade plants are comfortable between 18-24 °C during the day and 10-13 °C during nighttime. Most of your hassles get solved when you keep the plant in a well-ventilated room where it receives both ends of the temperatures.

Fertilizing Your Jade Plant / How to Feed

Feeding and fertilizing your Jade money plant is a quintessential part of being a plant parent. Want to know the best part?

You don’t have to feed them every day. You don’t even have to feed them every week—neither every month. The thumb rule for fertilizing your Jade plants is once every season or once in six months. Talk about low maintenance!

Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer and feed it to the soil directly, followed by watering them.

A word of caution: Do not make the rookie mistake of applying fertilizer to dry soil. It may result in broken and damaged roots. You will probably have to end up disposing of your plant if this happens.

It is wise to feed your Jade Plants, which is during summer, fall, and winters.

Finally,

Being a Jade plant parent is not very high maintenance, as you can see. 

So, the next time someone gifts you a Jade plant, or you give yourself one, you will definitely know how to deal with it like a pro.

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