The Jade tree, a bonsai plant, offers superb evergreen foliage. Very decorative and trendy.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Crassula ovata
Family : Crassulaceae
Type : Bonsai- succulent plant
Height : 50 cm
Exposure : Bright
Ground : Lightweight, well drained
Foliage : Persistent -Flowering : Summer
Maintenance is within everyone's reach, even if a little care will allow you to keep it looking great.
Planting the Jade tree
To plant the Jade tree well:
The Jade tree is native to South Africa and adapts to mild climates.
It's better to grow your Jade tree indoors if you fear freezing. It does not in fact resist the slightest frost
- You will be able repot your just jade tree after purchase if you bought it outside of the flowering period but the pots are generally intended to be kept for at least 1 to 2 years after purchase.
- Then a repotting when your Jade tree is cramped impose itself with potting soil mixed with sand.
- Jade trees can't stay outside in winter that in southern regions
- In exteriorr, therefore prefer a sunny location
Multiplication of the Jade tree:
The Jade tree reproduces by cuttings from young stems.
Recovery is generally quite easy.
- Cut the young stems with a sharp and disinfected blade
- Plant the young stem in special cutting soil
- Keep the soil very slightly moist (water only when it is very dry)
- Keep your cutting in the light but without direct sunlight
Caring for the Jade tree
If the maintenance of the Jade tree is easy, a few simple steps will allow you to have a very beautiful plant for a long time:
- He needs a lot of light
- Water the bare minimum because it is a plant that stores water in its leaves
- The land must remain relatively poor, no fertilizer is needed.
Jade tree size
To grow a Jade tree as a bonsai, a few pruning tips should be followed:
- Prune your Jade tree when the branches get old and / or appear weak
- Pruning preferably takes place after flowering (if I am flowering which is not always the case)
- If it does not bloom, prune preferably in spring or summer, this is the period when the plant grows the most
- It is even possible to remove a few leaves to see the branch appear from below
- Healing mastic should not be used because the Jade tree dreads this operation which prevents it from breathing
- The Jade tree is not afraid of pruning so don't be afraid to cut
Watering the Jade tree indoors
The Jade tree can become dense, so its root system must be well developed to support the weight of the leaves and branches.
By limiting watering you are forcing the grooves to seek moisture and therefore to grow.
During flowering, 1 to 2 waterings per week, when the soil is very dry.
Outside of flowering periods 1 to 2 waterings every 15 days.
In winter, a light watering once a month is more than enough.
In any case, it is important to‘Wait until the ground is very dry before watering but also to favor a good watering rather than a multitude of small waterings.
The leaves of succulents are loaded with water. If they are sagging, they need to be watered.
To know about the Jade tree
Native to South Africa, the Jade tree is a very beautiful succulent plant with particularly attractive foliage.
Of culture andrelatively easy maintenance, it hardly poses any difficulty and is easily behaved as a bonsai.
If he fears mainly theexcess water, he also likes to have a lot of light, but above all no direct sun burning if it is behind a window.
You can set it up in a pot as well as in a planter, as a border or in rockery.
Disease that affects the Jade tree
The Jade tree is quite resistant to most of the diseases and pests that affect our houseplants.
The main enemy, on the other hand, is rot due to overwatering.