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Garden Topics: Tropicals & Houseplants

Jade Plant

Crassula Ovata

Jade PlantWhy you may want to grow it: The jade plant which gets more beautiful with age is native to South Africa. Its intriguing nickname is, 'the money tree'. For those who love ease of care, the Jade plant offers everything in a houseplant you may be seeking. With its thick, lush leaves and visually interesting branches, it grows slowly and has the potential to live many years.

How to care for it: It is a member of the succulent family and does not require a lot of water, so let the soil dry out completely between watering. Overenthusiastic watering will only kill it! The Jade Plant needs moderate to bright sunlight, so putting it in an east or west facing window is best. It prefers ordinary room temperatures.

You need to fertilize your jade plant about once every six months. Use a balanced water soluble fertilizer such as Maxsea or Bonide Liquid Plant Food. An important thing to keep in mind is that you should first water your jade plant with pure water and then water it with the fertilizer solution. Never fertilize your jade plant when the soil is dry, as this will damage the roots.

Health benefits: The jade plant does not have many medicinal properties. It's supposed to help heal warts and minimize nausea, and in some countries it is used to treat diarrhea and epilepsy. But these benefits are more based on lore than scientific research. There's nothing wrong with something being purely ornamental.

Feng Shui benefits: The jade plant is believed to attract money and prosperity to the office. It is better to keep this plant in front of the office or in the office cubicle, so as to attract more business or more income... In these economically unstable times, it just might be worth trying your hand at growing one. Luckily, that's not hard to do.  

For More Information Check Out Wikipedia:  Jade Plant


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