Big cuttings of jade plant (Crassula ovata) are ideal to grow as bonsai. The fat and rough look of the fleshy stems and trunks are ideal for bonsai. They are easy to maintain and to keep them alive. The soft branches and stems are easy to shape and bend.
September 18, 2013
September 13, 2013
Spring glorious spring has sprung! All of sudden one of our jade plants (Crassula ovata) next to the foot-path was growing out of control. The big fat branches were getting much too heavy so they bent and drooped down. It was nice and rounded before. The only way to make it better is to chop all of the top part of the plant. Yesterday I just did that.
Oh no! That will kill it…. Not to worry at all with this large succulent plant. You can just break a branch and stick in in the ground and it will grow. Actually the more you cut the tip of the branches, the compact and rounded it becomes. As long as the soil is well drain, Crassula ovata will grow happily. In the sun, in the shade or as indoor plant, no problem at all. The only difference if you want it to flower, then you have to grow it in full sun.
Yesterday I had planted half of the cuttings. It was one wheel barrow full, stacked very high. I just used the old soil from the bonsai trees that I repotted recently. It was mixed with a bit of ordinary potting mix for a bit of nutrition. Today, there is still more to do, half wheel barrow full. I have to cut all the spent flower to make it look nice and tidy. Probably I will have about 20 pots of newly planted cuttings and quite a few of them are large that look more like mature plants. Some one I know sells stuffs in the market, probably I will ask her to sell them for me once the plants have grown roots.
What is left of the plant now is many exposed cut trunks and branches. It looks ugly now, but new leaves will grow back and the plant will be much lower and bushier. The cuttings in the wheel barrow (the picture above) are the remaining half that I have to pot today or tomorrow.
June 5, 2011
This time of the year again in early winter when the jade plants are flowering. The small white flowers almost cover the whole plant. It brightens dull winter days.
For those who believe that jade plants bring good fortune, this is a bit of information from White Lotus Fengshui.com :
The Jade Tree is also called the Money Plant. It is an auspicious plant because its succulent dark green leaves resemble pieces of jade or coins, therefore represents earth or metal energy, which adds nourishment and stability. Earth chi helps relationships. The jade plant also signifies wood energy or growth.
East for family harmony, health, initiation of projects, scholarly pursuits Southeast for wealth luck
West for creativity or children luck
Northwest for the luck of mentors and helpful people
To go to previous entry on Crassula ovata:
November 1, 2009
One day my hubby said that I should trim the fat plants along the driveway. Ha….. fat plants? I had no idea what he was talking about. Actually, he was talking about Jade plants. Why? He reckoned because it had rounded fleshy leaves and thick fat soft trunks.
Jade plant is also commonly known as lucky plant, money plant, friendship tree and the botanical nama is Crassula ovata (or Crassula arborescens, Crassula argentea, Crassula portulacea). Native to South Africa, this big succulent plant can grow higher than 1 m. It is very easy to grow and to propagate by cutting the branch/stem or leaf cutting. Most species of C. ovata will bear pinkish white small starry flowers that cover the plant twice a year during early winter and early summer. It has few different varieties: jade green colour or variegated ( double colour of green and creamy yellow, green and orange red or tri colour of green, creamy yellow and red). There is also dwarf variation which has smaller leaves. I notice that the colour of jade foliage can change according to the season. In the heat of summer they tend to be more colourful with more prominent red margin.
To flower fully, it has to be grown in full sun. If grown in shady area it tends to grow very green with less or no flowers at all, while in full sun the foliage will be slightly yellow with red margin/tinge around the edges.
As Jade plant has attractive folliage and thick shapely trunks, it is very suitable for Bonsai. To make the jade bonsai nice and compact, it is important to pinch the new leaves during the growing season to create new branches to develop.
Growing jade plant is very easy and versatile for any garden with warmer climate. If grown on the ground and once established, they will prefer to be left alone and no need to water. Only if it is grown in containers, it will need water once the soil is becoming dry and it will need a little fertilizer to make it grow better.
Many Asian people believe that putting jade trees near the door way will bring good luck and more money. I’m not really sure about it, only if you sell plants for a living then I believe that it can be true as you can easily propagate this plant, easier than any other plants that I know. When I trim our jade trees along the drive way, I also stick them in pots and later when they have grown, I just give them away to family and friends or anyone who are interested