Jade plant

Jade plant

The jade plant is an evergreen plant with chunky branches. It has smooth leaves, shiny, thick that grow in opposing pairs along the branches. Leaves are a rich jade green, while some may appear to be more of a yellow-green. Some varieties may build up a red tinge on the edges of leaves when exposed to high levels of sunlight. New stem growth is the same texture and color as the leaves, becoming woody and brown with age.

What are the alternative names of the Jade plant?

The common names are Jade plant, lucky plant, money plant or money tree. The Scientific name is Crassula ovata.

When does the Jade plant start blooming?

Blossoms should start to form around the shortest days of the year and bloom in late winter to early spring.


Plant typeSucculent
Flower colorsmall pink or white flowers

Where does the money tree originate from?

The money tree is native to the KwaZulu-Natal province and Eastern Cape of South Africa and Mozambique, and is common as a houseplant worldwide.

How to care for the Jade plant?

Jade plants need at least 4 hours of direct sunlight each day. Little plants should be kept in bright, indirect sunlight; big, well-established jade plants can grip more direct sunlight. 

They are not particular about soil pH, but  crassulas need very  porous soil with   excellent drainage.

Crassula plant prefer full sun to partial shade. However, intense afternoon sun in the hottest period of summer can blaze the leaves of the plants. Most crassulas can be grown indoors if given enough light.

These plants have typical watering needs for succulent. Avoid overwatering by using the ‘’soak and dry’’ method,  where the soil is soaked with water, slowly drained and left dry out before watering again.

Crassulaa will benefit from a small amount of organic fertilizer in mid-spring when they start actively growing.

Read more about succulents

We have an in-depth article on succulents, if you want to learn more about different types of succulents, and how to take care of them.

We also have articles on other spesific succulents here:

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