Crassula ovata 'Hummel's Sunset'
Golden Jade Tree
Crassula ovata 'Ohgonkagetsu', Crassula ovata 'Sunset'
This variegated cultivar of Crassula ovata was introduced by legendary succulent plant breeder Ed (Emerald) Hummel (1903-1979) of Inglewood and later Carlsbad, California.
Crassula ovata 'Hummel's Sunset' is a succulent shrub or small tree with branches that bear rounded leaves that take on spectacular hues. It grows up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall, with a single main stem or sparingly branched at the base. The thick fleshy leaves are green, edged with yellow, and tinged red. They turn golden yellow with red margins during summer in warm places. Flowers are white or pale pink and appear in compact terminal clusters from late fall to early spring.
USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Many people enjoy growing Jade Plants in their homes and offices, which are considered good luck symbols. But you do not need to be lucky to learn the proper care and maintenance of Jade Plants. The most important factors to consider when growing Jade Plants are water, light, temperature, and fertilizer.
Easy to grow in a container, best in full sun but will tolerate part sun. It needs well-drained soil with a neutral pH. Water regularly from spring to fall and allow the soil to dry out before watering again. During the winter months, water only enough to keep the leaves from shriveling. The most common reason for failure is overwatering.
Propagating is achieved with leaf or stem cuttings placed into a soil mix, then waiting until they show some growth. Before placing them in the soil mix, you will prevent potential problems from the sap seeping out by allowing them to dry on a windowsill for a few days or so.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for a Jade Plant.
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