Crassula ovata, commonly known as the Jade Plant or Money Plant, is a succulent plant that belongs to the family Crassulaceae. This plant is native to South Africa and Mozambique and is often grown as a houseplant in other parts of the world.
Here are some care tips for Crassula ovata:
Light: Jade Plants thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. They can tolerate direct sunlight for short periods but too much direct sun can cause their leaves to scorch.
Watering: Water your Jade Plant when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch. Avoid overwatering as this can cause root rot. During the winter months, reduce watering frequency as the plant goes into a semi-dormant state.
Soil: Use well-draining soil such as cactus or succulent mix.
Temperature: Jade Plants prefer temperatures between 15-24°C. They can tolerate temperatures as low as 10°C but should be kept away from cold drafts.
Fertiliser: Feed your Jade Plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertiliser every 2-3 months during the growing season (spring and summer).
Pruning: Prune your Jade Plant to control its size and shape. Remove any dead or yellowing leaves and stem cuttings can be taken to propagate new plants.
Pests: Jade Plants are relatively pest-free, but mealybugs and spider mites can infest them. Keep an eye out for any signs of infestation, such as webbing or white, cotton-like substance on the leaves, and treat immediately.
Remember, the key to keeping your Jade Plant healthy is not to overdo it with water and to give it enough light. With proper care, your Crassula ovata can thrive for many years.