Jade Plant

Post last updated: August 13th, 2018

I am always looking for pass-along plants from the yards of other gardeners. My friend, Patricia, gave me a cutting from one of the stems of her Jade plant back in 2004. I immediately potted it up without allowing the cut to callous. God, ever merciful, let’s us succeed when we don’t know what we’re doing. I realize 2004 is a while back but, oh my, look how it has grown. The shovel was included in this December 2011 photo for size perspective.

Jade plants are also known as money plants, dollar plants. I can’t see that my jade ownership has ever helped in the money department so I don’t waste my breath with those names. The name Jade will have to do.

Jade is a member of the crassula ovata succulent family but that seems to cover some wide territory. I don’t have a ‘name’ for my common jade but I also have what I believe is a crassula ovata ‘Gollum Jade’. The local Eat Your Yard guy who sold it to me called it “E.T. Fingers.”

E.T. Fingers after over-watering

Jade plants are commonly grown as container specimens indoors and outdoors. The oval leaves have a waxy shine with a slight red tinge at the edges. That red tinge might become more pronounced if the plant is left in the sun but I’ve always kept mine in partial shade so I don’t know. They have a showy pink bloom but mine has been lazy.

The reason I have succeeded beyond my wildest expectations in growing the jade is simple. Apparently, any idiot can grow them. Until I recently over-watered both of my crassulas, that is. Over-watering is the one unforgivable sin. Remember when Evie came to help me with my farmerin’? We took everything out of the greenhouse, grouped it together in the shade of the Fern Bed and not thinking about my two succulents, I turned the sprinkler on all the plants. Look what happened to the Jade. As wilted as a drunk drying out after a night on the town.

Jade plant drunk on water

A gal named Debra Lee Baldwin has written a couple of great books on succulents. Her 2007 book, Designing With Succulents was great but her 2010 book, Succulent Container Gardens: Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plants was a drooler. With much reluctance, I pried my hands off and returned it to the library. I really, really want that book but I simply must wait. I’m on the fixed budget known as Dirt Poor. No, that’s not accurate. I’ve got lots of dirt. Two acres of dirt. What I don’t have is money. My friend, Ginny, is helping me look for the book at the right price. She understands that me and money aren’t currently on good terms.

With the help of the internet, I did some stalking and found Baldwin over at Gardening Gone Wild where she blogs with three other garden writers. Please don’t rat me out about looking for her book on the cheap. She doesn’t need to know that. Besides, I’m stalking her in secret so she wouldn’t have a clue who you are talking about.

Baldwin and TimberPress have a YouTube video based on her book, Succulent Container Gardens, showing you how to plant an interesting container. Here’s the video:

12 thoughts on “Jade Plant”

  1. Thanks for my piece of the succulent plant. I don’t believe you warned me about over-watering so I should come take that shovel and bop you upside your head. What would I look like with a drunk looking plant sitting on my breakfast bar? My son would swear I was watering it with Vodka. And you should see my tomato plants you gave me. They are growing tall and looking like they love it in my yard.

  2. Succulents seem to be the easiest things to root. As long as you get a piece of stem long enough to stick in the ground, they seem to take root. Or at least that’s been my experience.

  3. The big snitch engine, Google Alerts, ratted you out electronically. Any time my name is mentioned online I get an automatically generated email with the link.

    Jade plant can go dry for weeks on end, but it also is quite tolerant of overwatering. If the stems aren’t mushy at soil level, it’s fine. Yours looks like it’s starved for light. In your area, it should be able to take full sun all day long. It’ll redden nicely on the leaf margins and have a more compact growth habit. What jade can’t handle is frost.

    I like your sense of humor. You’re down to earth in more ways than one. Send me your address and I’ll have my publisher send you a copy of Succulent Container Gardens. Let me know whom to sign it to.

    1. Oh boy, I’m in trouble now if Google is gonna rat me out when I talk about people behind their back! This is the first time they’ve tattled on me. On the other hand, it’s nice to have a Famous Writer stop by for a visit. Thanks for the tip to put my jade plant in full sun. I moved it today. Sure would like to see it perk up. If it doesn’t, I’ll be making cuttings for everybody and his brother and sister. Maybe even the cousins. I can’t wait to get my very own copy of your book. It is such a fine book with wonderful container designs and photography. –Mizz Chairman of the Garden

      1. you need to pick on people who are not pro enough to set up G Alerts. 10 out of 10 to the Famous Writer for her graceful and charming response!

        My jade plants survive, in full sun and what rain there will be – looking much too embarassing to post on a blog ;~(

        1. Hey Diana at Elephant’s Eye — Ain’t it the truth? I never knew I was gonna get caught. She WAS graceful and charming! Funny, too. Did you see my earlier succulent article where I was growing some from seeds? The rare ones came from your country but I planted them all in the same pot so I’ll never know which ones were rare or if they even came up. I shoulda thought about that.

  4. What a fun way for you to get a free copy of that book you’ve been wanting! I have a jade plant that my daughter asked me to rescue way back in 2000. I think I should take some cuttings and start some new plants – you’ve inspired me!

    1. Ginny girl, if you want some succulent inspiration, take a look at Debra Lee Baldwin’s book. I’m serious. Anyone who wasn’t a succulent fan before will be after looking at her book. She’s got a bunch of videos on YouTube, too, that tell you how to “stress” a succulent to give it more color. I love the succulents with a lot of red! I’m going to get over to your blog soon! –Mizz Chairman of the Garden

  5. What a wonderful way to get a free book!! You will have to share it with me. The plant exchange is not happening until September. I’ll let you know when so you can come. I thought of you Saturday when I did some rearranging of my plants. I moved the pencil Cactus you gave me a cutting of. Looking forward to visiting you this summer. I took my hummingbird feeder down. I just decided I didn’t want to mess with it. Too much work!

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