Crassula Ovata, commonly known as Jade Plant, Friendship Tree, Lucky Plant, or Money Tree, is a succulent from South Africa. It is very popular because it's so easy to keep. The Jade Plant requires little water and can survive in almost any environment indoors. We like Jade Plants at Happy Houseplants because they are unusual shapes and sizes and they bring you luck and money (probably).
One tip for these guys is to put them in a terracotta pot and give them a summer holiday in the garden each year. They thrive in partial shade... just remember to bring them in before the first frost.
They are also very easy to propagate so you will soon be spreading the joy to your friends and family, as they make ideal gifts any time of year.
We recommend going big with these guys: a large plant looks impressive and irregular and leggy shapes are a firm favourite with the Happy Houseplants team.
Happy Plant Guide:
- Pot in a rich fast draining soil with drainage holes at the bottom.
- Water when the top 1" of soil has dried out, drench until water comes out of the bottom then leave to dry again.
- Regularly dust with a damp cloth.
- Mist the foliage occasionally using rainwater in a spray bottle to mimic the plants humid natural environment.
- Standard liquid fertilizer can be applied once a month during Spring and Summer.
- Check foliage for common pests such as aphids and spider mites. Many pests can be removed simply by spraying the plant with strong stream of water. You can also wash the leaves with insecticidal soap.
- Repot every year during Spring. Check the bottom of the pot to see if the roots are growing out of the drainage holes or growing in a dense circle.
- Direct light will hurt the leaves and then will curl as a way of asking for your help. Move the plant a little away from there window and they will spring open again.
- Don’t repot this plant if you can help it - it's a succulent so likes being pot bound.