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.”
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.
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: