Starting next week (February 26th) we will be bringing Jade plants to market. In the past years there has been many questions from customers as to what kind of care they need and where they come from. As far as our Jade plants go, Sandy and Bela have a couple pretty big ones that she keeps taking cuttings from and propagating them. This all started when their original "Mama" Jade got knocked over and there were a bunch of pieces laying all over. She decided at that point why not see if she could pot them and get a few more. And we have had a bunch ever since!
Here are the facts:
- Jade plants are also known as: Friendship tree, Lucky plant, or Money plant
- They are from the succulent family. Which means that they are kind of like cacti and do not need a lot of water.
- Jade plants under the right conditions, may produce small white or pink star-like flowers in early spring.
- They will grow in full sun to light shade. But they do not tolerate extreme heat or overexposure to direct sunlight.
- Mealybugs-cause deformation to new growth. Infestation can be eliminated by killing each bug with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. Repeating everyday until they are all gone.
- Aphids- infest only the flower stalks.
- Red Spider Mites
*THE USE OF PESTICIDES IS AVOIDED WITH JADE'S AS THEY ARE VERY SENSITIVE TO THEM.
- Flowering: To encourage bloom, allow the plant to go without water around the time of first frost. When the days get short, with hold the water completely and let the plant withstand the cool nights. Several weeks of the dry cold treatment followed by regular watering will result in blossoms around the shortest day of the year. Regular watering, or nights too warm, and the plant will remain healthy but bloom less.
February 26th we will begin to bring Jade plants to market again.