Plant ID forum: Is this a Jade plant?

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Neurox
Jul 17, 2017 1:21 PM CST
I came across this plant and decided to take a few leaves to propagate (possibly to develop into bonsai). I know that Jade makes a very good bonsai specimen, but is this a jade plant? it looks very similar to the pictures I see online

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porkpal
Jul 17, 2017 1:58 PM CST
yes.
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tarev
Jul 17, 2017 1:58 PM CST
Somehow it looks more like Portulacaria afra.
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plantmanager
Jul 17, 2017 2:17 PM CST
Tell whoever owns that plant to treat for the mealy bugs. I've lost a lot of portulacaria and Jades to mealies that got way out of hand. For some reason they are a magnet for them.
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Neurox
Jul 17, 2017 2:31 PM CST
tarev said:Somehow it looks more like Portulacaria afra.

It does look very similar to that, the only difference I can see is in the coloration of the stem. Portulacaria afra seem to have a more reddish toned stem in comparison
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Neurox
Jul 17, 2017 2:33 PM CST
plantmanager said:Tell whoever owns that plant to treat for the mealy bugs. I've lost a lot of portulacaria and Jades to mealies that got way out of hand. For some reason they are a magnet for them.

I was wondering about their health, it didn't seem l like the store they were in cared much about their plants sadly, most were neglected. I'll make sure to keep mine free of mealy bugs when grown, thanks for the tip Green Grin!
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tarev
Jul 17, 2017 2:49 PM CST
My succulents are grown outdoors so it is receiving all the light it can get. So it may look different from the photo you have Neurox.

But for comparison, here are some of my jades - Crassula ovata
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Young jade cuttings which came from that mommy plant:
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Portulacaria afra
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