How to Grow and Care for
ovata or Jade plants are shrubby succulent plants that make excellent
choices for dry landscapes and container gardens.
Crassula Ovata or Jade Plants
Xeriscaping with drought
tolerant cactus and succulent plants has become popular in dry areas or
places where water conservation is a concern.
Jade plants have thick, deep green leaves sometimes tinged with red on
edges. The leaf shape, like the name ovata implies, are oval from 1 - 2
Crassula ovata develop thick, fat trunks that have
aged look and will eventually grow up to 8 feet tall.
jade plants get 3 inch clusters of light pink to pale salmon flowers
with five petals. These perennial succulent plants are drought tolerant
need water once a month or so.
Some varieties are variegated, meaning they have green and white stripes
on their leaves.
Other Jade plants have a pink or red tint around the edges of their
leaves. These shrubs have the same general requirements as
Indoors, jade plants make good houseplants in
indirect light and can take a few hours of direct sunlight but they are
also adapted to low light.
For container gardening try growing jades in a pot, they grow much
slower, stay small and can even
used for bonsai.
Crassula ovata is sometimes confused with
argentia, which has a similar growth habit, but has silvery gray
Crassula are usually not bothered by insects or disease.
problem crassulas face may come from over watering. This will
in a soggy brown, rotting trunk.
In the garden, jade plants will grow in shade to full sun. In
hottest areas, crassula do better when they don't have an entire
full sun. Crassula ovata are hardy to 41 degrees (5 degrees
A light frost will show up at brown dots on
Overhead protection is usually enough to protect succulents during a
light frost. The brown spots from frost damage will no go away,
but new growth will be green.
Heavy frost, or a deep freeze will turn leaves brown and
Frozen leaves will fall off, or you can brush them off with your
hands. If the plant branch or trunk is not damaged, new sprouts
form in a few weeks.
Green jade plants are able to live off rainfall alone in many
In my southern California
garden, crassula are happily growing in both
full sun and shade, in heavy alkaline, clay soil.
How To root succulents like jade
plant or gollum jade:
with a 5 or 6
inch cutting. Bury about half of the stalk in soil. This
you deep roots and helps the plant withstand drought better. Keep
soil moist (like a squeezed sponge).
After a month, cut back to
monthly watering. The leaves will probably shrivel a bit as the
forms roots: it is living off the stored energy in its leaves.
normal. You may also lose a few leaves, which is also
plant will start growing again and may even flower in a year.
Crassula plants are versatile and easy to grow and care for.
bloom make jade plants a great addition to any garden or home.
Find out more about how to root succulent plants from
stem or leaf
cuttings on my Plant