I ♥ JADE PLANTS
I was craving green plants in my abode. You know, feng shui good energy and all that? Well, I ended up – dare say – killing them all. My greenthumb is non-existent so it seems. You see, I’m more of a fresh flower kinda gal, and simply adore bouquets of seasonal flowers – peonies and tulips in the spring; roses, irises, dahlias in the summer; and sunflowers and gerber daisies in the fall.
But, alas, my home needed a boost of nature energy so off I went to get some easy-to-care-for plants. The choice? Succulents, in particular the jade plant. They are less difficult to….well…less difficult to kill. Wish me luck!
THE JADE PLANT
The jade plant is a succulent with smooth, rounded flat leaves, with some varieties flowering small pink or white blossoms. As the name suggests, the leaves are a rich green with tinges of red on the ends when exposed to constant sunlight. It’s also known as the Money Plant, Friendship Tree or Lucky Plant.
JADE PLANT & FENG SHUI
In Feng Shui, the jade plant is considered a good luck charm that activates wealth energy to attract the flow of money. Its green colour symbolizes growth and renewal. It’s considered to have a vibrant, rooted energy that produces fresh oxygen and positive expanding energy into a space – creating a lovely breeding ground for prosperity. Not only that, the smooth rounded leaves are said to resemble jade coins.
To know where to place your jade plant to activate good juju from Feng Shui, use the bagua map to help you.
* For family harmony, financial luck, good health, the success of projects and scholarly studies, place the jade plant in the SOUTHEAST are of your home. Here, the jade plant will bring balance, prosperity and success. And, with each new leaf, your fortunes are said to increase.
*For creativity or children luck, place the jade plant in the WEST corner.
*For business success and personal financial success, place in the SOUTHWEST area.
*For activating the help of mentors, teachers and other people, place in the NORTHWEST.
:: UNDER THE CUT: How to water, where to put it, how to prune, how to get rid of pests, etc ::
WATERING A JADE PLANT
Jade plants will — *gasp* — die if overwatered. You’ll notice the plant in distress from overwatering if the branches are drooping down like a weeping willow. It will start to rot the roots at their base.
On the other hand, don’t let jade plants dry out. You’ll know if it’s thirsty when the leaves are dropping off, have leaf spots, pucker, or lose their shine.
So what to do? Well, always allow the soil to dry between waterings. Before watering, stick your fingertip about one-inch into the soil. If the soil is damp, don’t water the plant. If the soil is dry to the touch, water it. In the winter, you’ll probably only have to water them once a month.
JADE PLANTS NEED SUNLIGHT
Jade plants need lots of sunlight to grow strong and thick. Without exposure to sunlight, the plant will become stunted and weak. I live in a pretty grey city, so I have to place the plant on the windowsill in the daytime to take advantage of any specks of sun in the fall and winter. Too much sun, however, will burn the leaves and they’ll turn brown and drop off.
FEED IT WITH FERTILIZER (PLANT FOOD)
The jade plant benefits from being fertilized with plant-food drops once every three to six months, depending on its size. First water the plant, then feed it fertilizer (water soluable) or else the roots will become damaged.
TEMPERATURES IT LIKES
Jade plants are happy when the day temperature is 18-23 degrees C (65-75 F) or higher during the summer, and 10-12 degrees C during the evening (50-55F). It’s best to remove the plant away from the window at night when it’s winter; and removing the plant away from the window at full sun in the summer.
DO AWAY WITH PESTS
Jade plants don’t usually attract bugs, but if you find some then treat them by dabbing a q-tip swab dipped with rubbing alcohol on the pests. Do this daily until the pests are gone. Do not spray the plants because it will cause more damage than the actual pests.
I am not way very good at this at all, but pruning the leaves will keep the plant healthy. Pruning will keep the stem strong, will allow new leaves to grow thicker, and allow symmetry (or else one side becomes too heavy, which will topple the plant). You can pinch off new growth or snip off a branch or leaves.