Plant ID forum: What is this plant?

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Lezlie08
Nov 30, 2017 11:16 AM CST
My boyfriend's daughter brought home this interesting plant. I want to keep it alive for her. I've tried describing it and googling it but no one seems to know! Thank you for reading!
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greene
Nov 30, 2017 11:20 AM CST
It looks light it might be a Crassula; maybe the one called Ogre Ears.
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plantladylin
Nov 30, 2017 11:37 AM CST
I agree, lovely Crassula ovata. https://garden.org/plants/sear...
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DaisyI
Nov 30, 2017 11:47 AM CST
Me three Smiling
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Baja_Costero
Nov 30, 2017 12:51 PM CST
I agree

A couple of notes regarding care...

The most important thing you can do right now for your succulent would be to give it as much light as you possibly can indoors, like right by a sunny unobstructed south-facing window. Ideally the plant should "see" the sun for hours each day in order to grow compact and strong. This is more of an issue during the darker and shorter days this time of year.

Water well when the soil is dry and then wait (a week? 2 weeks? more?) until it dries out at depth to water again.
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plantmanager
Nov 30, 2017 1:35 PM CST
One other suggestion is to watch closely for mealy bugs.
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pirl
Nov 30, 2017 1:44 PM CST
In the past I'd get mealy bugs if I overwatered. Now twice a month works well in a very sunny spot.
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Baja_Costero
Nov 30, 2017 2:05 PM CST
The mealy bugs here seem to prefer other plants Smiling but I can see how soft growing conditions might make jades attractive to them.

Patio and garden photos here since it's overcast and the colors are pretty good. This is the wild type jade (Crassula ovata) and a variant called "Gollum" which is similar to the plant in the original post, both about to flower. They need very strong light to flower (perhaps outdoor sun) and short days trigger the process (so now is the time). That plant in the ground is suffering a bit from drought (last it rained was half an inch in May, and before that in February), thus the small rosettes at the end of the stems.

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The red edges on the leaves are due to the exposure (full sun) and are a pretty reliable indicator that a plant is getting enough light.
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pirl
Nov 30, 2017 2:16 PM CST
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I was happy to get a flower while this one was in a northwest window.


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