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Name: Sofie
Houston, Texas
May 3, 2020 4:59 PM CST
Hey guys I'm new at this type of stuff! I just bought these two succulents from my local Garden store. Im very excited to take care of them. I know one of them is a Jade Plant.. does anyone have an idea what the other is? I've tried to identify it comparing with pictures I found online, however none of them seemed to match up. I'd appreciate the help. Also, I would love watering advice/other useful tips if anyone has some? Thanks! Smiling

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Name: Steve
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May 3, 2020 5:25 PM CST
Hi there
Welcome! to the forum and to keeping these amazing plants

I think your first one is a Madagascar palm "Pachypodium_lameirei"

The most common jade is crassula-ovata

i cant tell from your pic if you have this one, there are a number of different culivars

both these plants have the capacity to get pretty big if you keep up with them. I have both (pics below) My palm started life no bigger than yours a couple of years ago

Standard care is:-
-fast draining soil mix
-pot with hole in the bottom (check)
-Provide as much light as your can indoors (if that is your sunniest window then great)
- water deeply but let the plants dry out completely before you water again , work this out by using a wooden stick or your finger in the soil if you have room. You can buy a moisture meter for a few dollars if that helps. Plastic pots hold water longer that clay you might be suprised how long they can go between watering. Don't be tempted to water on any kind of schedule, find a way to know when they are dry. If you over water you will quickly have problems.
These plants will enjoy being outside in the sun if you have a garden. If you decide to do that please take it slowly and build up the exposure gradually. Do not let them get cold and wet or sit in water.

Good luck

There are more experienced folks on here than me. They might correct my ID's Sticking tongue out

Good luck !

My palm
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My jade
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Name: Baja
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May 3, 2020 8:51 PM CST


More on P. lamerei here....

Madagascar Palm (Pachypodium lamerei)

And more about the genus here....

The Pachypodiums Database

I recommend watering the Pachypodium (not actually a palm or even related to one) more often when it is leafy, less often when it is leafless during winter. You don't want the soil to go bone dry or stay bone dry for any extended period when the plant is leafy, and they actually consume a surprising amount of water when in full growth. On the other hand, it is important to let the soil go dry at depth when the plant is leafless. There is a significant risk of rot during winter (especially) if the soil stays too wet too often.

For me (outdoors in full, nearly day-long sun) the watering might be weekly in the winter and twice a week in summer. Indoors you probably want to water less often, those data just to give you an idea of the difference from season to season. Ideally you should try to go by the soil moisture (at depth, not at the surface, which dries out much sooner).
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