Gardening Questions And Answers
Jade plants may suffer from root rot if the soil does not drain well or if they are overwatered. Bacterial soft rot may cause plant tissues of the stems and branches to grow soft and collapse. There is no control method and infected plants should be discarded. The leaves of the common jade plant are […]
Jade plants can grow in full sun to pretty dense shade. However, 4-6 hours of direct sunlight is ideal for outdoor plants and they’ll do best with a little shade from the intense afternoon sun. These flowers should be deadheaded after their very short bloom period to maintain the healthy, green appearance of the plant.
There are several things to consider when choosing the perfect pot for a jade plant. Additionally, the plant cannot tolerate “wet feet” or water accumulated at the base of the pot, so it is extremely important to provide a pot with proper drainage to prevent this condition, which may lead to root rot.
There are really only four insects that seem to infest Jade plants (Crassula argentea) with much regularity. They are mealy bugs, root mealy bugs, scale, and to a lesser extent, spider mites. Mealy bugs will be evident by their white cotton like covering. Root mealy bugs are obviously found on the roots.
Exposure to chilly temperatures can cause jade plant leaves to curl and go limp. Freezing temperatures actually cause the water inside the jade plant to turn to ice, breaking leaf cells. If your jade plant was exposed to freezing temperatures for only a short time, it may have suffered only light damage.
Because these plants are native to South Africa, they are able to survive in sandy soils. It is best for jade plants to be planted in a heavier sand that best anchors the short roots. A mix of sand, peat moss, and organic matter that allows for water draining will provide a good growing environment.
Best Temperatures for Jade Plants Jade plants will tolerate lower temperatures and even prefer the lower temperatures of about 45 to 55 F in the winter, reports horticulturist Ron Smith of North Dakota State University. However, most jade plants sold in the U.S. are not tolerant of temperatures below 40 F.
The leaves will grow back once your plant has adapted to its new surroundings. To prevent this, gradually acclimate your plant to a new location by placing it there only for a few hours at a time. Gradually increase the length of time your jade plant stays in its new location before making the switch […]