Jade Plant (Crassula ovata) in the Crassulas Database

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Botanical names:
Crassula ovata Accepted
Crassula argentea Synonym
Crassula obliqua Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: 6 feet
Plant Spread: 4 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Resistances: Fire Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Leaf
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by plantladylin (Florida Zone 9b, 10a) on Sep 19, 2011 7:51 PM

Jade plant, a popular houseplant, is an evergreen succulent with thick branches and smooth rounded leaves that will attain red edges when grown in high light. New stem growth is green, turning to brown as the plant ages. The plant produces small pink or white blooms in early spring when grown well.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Nov 8, 2011 9:44 AM

Jade plant is easy to root from stem cuttings or from stem pieces that have broken off, as well as from the leaves. Allow stem pieces to dry before inserting in rooting medium or succulent soil. With leaves, lay them on top of moist soil until they develop roots and grow plantlets.

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Posted by Irrelephant (Arkansas - Zone 8a) on Sep 29, 2012 10:57 PM

Don't grow in soil, this mix is half turface MVP and half perlite. The grittier the better for this plant.

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Posted by tarev (San Joaquin County, CA - Zone 9b) on Sep 10, 2013 9:18 PM

I grow my Jade plant outdoors all year round. I potted it with cactus soil and added a good amount of perlite to make sure it has good drainage. Typically it gets watered once a week during cool season. Can go longer, just have to feel the soil. But during winter, I just let Mother Nature water it. During summer time, it will appreciate stepped-up watering, maybe twice a week, especially if the weather is very dry and hot like ours. We do not get any rain in summer, so the plant is dependent on my watering during that time. Like most succulents, it can take the cold temps, but not the combination of wet and cold. If the plant is mature enough, it can easily recover when warmer weather returns. If your plant is still very young, best to keep it indoors during winter.

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Posted by critterologist (Frederick, MD - Zone 6b) on May 19, 2016 9:41 AM

I don't do well with Jade Plants -- too little water, they drop their leaves; too much water, they drop their leaves. When I've had one, it's usually been bald.. On the other hand, Reynolda Gardens (in Winston-Salem NC) has a huge one in their greenhouse, easily 4 feet tall with a main trunk that's over 2 inches in diameter.

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Posted by Deebie (midstate South Carolina - Zone 8a) on Sep 19, 2018 4:52 PM

Grow Jade tree (crassula ovata) in a bright location, and pot in standard houseplant soil. Keep the soil somewhat dry all year. Interestingly, more plants can be be easily obtained by propagating from leaf cuttings.

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Indoors, Bedroom, North Window (giachristopoulos) 2017: Plant performed poorly
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Plant Events from our members
skylark On April 26, 2016 Miscellaneous Event
gave away 2 large plants (2003 and 2005?)
skylark On July 1, 2015 Maintenance performed
severely pruned other old overgrown jades.
skylark On May 4, 2015 Maintenance performed
severely pruned 2 old jades
vbprog On April 3, 2015 Obtained plant
from my plant buddy RG
BlondieRides On May 20, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
Watered it.
BlondieRides On March 19, 2015 Bloomed
Doing well in side yard. No blooms in backyard under the Umbrella. Too much shade?
lovesblooms On May 9, 2015 Obtained plant
2x, potted up
AndreA33 On December 25, 2004 Obtained plant
Cuttings taken in Los Angeles
LizDTM On March 13, 2017 Potted up
LizDTM On March 13, 2017 Obtained plant
wilmarosebud On July 25, 2018 Obtained plant
Received cuttings from a friend today. Will wait a couple of days to place into potting mixture.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Identify by Jemcag Nov 17, 2015 9:39 AM 1
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