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By Heather Rhoades
Jade plant care is easy and simple. Many people enjoy growing jade plants in their homes and offices, and they are considered to be symbols of good luck. But you do not need to be lucky to learn what the proper care and maintenance of jade plants is. Keep reading to learn how to care for a jade plant.
How to Care for a Jade Plant
Learning about the care and maintenance of jade plants (Crassula ovata) is easy. The most important factors to consider whjen growing jade houseplants is water, light, temperature, and fertilizer.
Watering a Jade Plant
One of the most important things when you care for jade plants is to make sure that they are watered properly. Never let a jade plant dry out completely. But also, do not water a jade plant too often, as this can cause root rot. Water your jade plant when the soil is damp (not wet) to the touch.
If your jade plant is losing leaves or has leaf spots, this is most commonly caused by too little water.
Sunlight Requirements of a Jade Plant
Another important aspect of the care and maintenance of jade plants is how much sun they receive. They need full sun in order to grow properly. If they do not have full sun, they may become stunted and leggy.
Proper Temperature for Jade Plants
Jade plant care instructions say that jade plants do best in day time temperatures of 65-75 degrees F. during the day and 50–55 degrees F. at night. That being said, if they get lots of sunlight, they will do fine in temperatures that are higher than this.
Fertilizing Your Jade Plant
For proper jade plant care, you need to fertilize your jade plant about once every six months. Use a balanced water soluble fertilizer. An important thing to keep in mind is that you should water your jade plant in the regular way and then water it with the fertilizer water. Never fertilize your jade plant when the soil is dry, as this will damage the roots.
As you can see, how to care for a jade plant is pretty simple. With a little TLC and proper jade plant care, your pretty jade plant might one day become a pretty jade tree.