A popular, easy-care houseplant, the jade plant, or Crassula argentea, adapts well to life indoors. These dark green, fleshy-leaf succulents can dry out completely between waterings---perfect for the forgetful interior gardener.
Jade plants can grow 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. They have shallow root systems, so large plants may need to be staked for stability.
Jade plants grow best when daytime temperatures are between 65 and 75 degrees F and nighttime temperatures are between 50 and 55 degrees.
Jade plants have attractive woody stems and glossy green leaves. In bright sunlight, leaves may develop a red border. Tiny white flowers appear yearly.
For the most robust growth, jade plants should get at least four hours of direct sunlight. They will, however, tolerate bright, indirect sunlight.
Jade plants are prone to white mealybugs. These pests appear at the leaf node and can be removed with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.
- Colorado State Extension: Jade Plant
- Cornell Extension: Jade
- Alaska Science Forum: Jade Plant
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