Crassula ovata commonly known as Jade Plant, Money Plant, Dollar Plant, Friendship Tree, Pink Joy or Lucky Plant, is a succulent plant with small pink or white flowers. It is native to South Africa and Mozambique, and is one of the most popular houseplants grown worldwide.
Jade Plant is often touted as one of the easiest plants to work with. It can be propagated easily and grows relatively quickly. It is tolerant of different soil types, and can survive in soil that is wetter than normal for short periods of time. For propagation, soil should be extremely fertile, and conditioned for moderate to low soil acidity.
How Jade Propagates
Commonly, Jade Plant is propagated from cuttings. You can root leaf or stem pieces, but be warned that leaves will take considerably longer to show any appreciable growth. For best results, use stem pieces that are 3 to 5 inches (7.5 to 12.5 cm) long. Jade Plant is a great survivor, so long as the soil is rich and alive.
For the Jade Plant, start clippings in a planter or flower pot that you can move. The plant will need direct sunlight for at least 6 hours of the day, and it will be important to maintain the soil moisture. These conditions are best met with a portable plant, so use a flower pot filled with sifted compost, and move it as needed to get adequate sunlight.
Rich Soil Encourages Root Growth
For the fastest development from clippings, use pure sifted compost. Increasing the level of nutrients in the soil will make it easier for the Jade Plant to get the things it needs to put on new leaves and grow strong roots.
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