Crassula 'Jade Tower' is a fascinating succulent plant that forms vertical columns clothed with jade green leaves thickly frosted with white papillae…
Crassula ‘Jade Tower’is an attractive hybrid cross between Crassula perfoliata var. minor and Crassula rupestris subsp. marnieriana (the same parentage as for Crassula ‘Jade Necklace’). These fascinating succulent plant forms erect columns clothed with jade green leaves thickly frosted with white papillae. The small flowers, which appear in late winter, are numerous, white shading to pink and are produced at the top of the stems.
Scientific Name: Crassula ‘Jade Tower’
It thrives best in bright light with some direct sunlight. A sunny windowsill will be an ideal position for these plants. They will not flower without sunlight and inadequate light will cause developing spindly growth.
It grows well in well-drained soil with a neutral pH. Add coconut coir and Pine bark to make the soil more drainage friendly.
Water regularly, during the growing season (April to September), but water sparingly when dormant (autumn and winter). Allow the top of the soil to slightly dry out before watering again.
It prefers ideal room temperatures of around 60°F – 75°F / 15.5°C – 24°C. During winter no less than 50°F / 10°C. Cold weather and damp weather is not good. It loses its color and turns yellow and mushy.
Fertilize every two weeks during the growing season, from spring through summer with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half. Do not fertilize during the winter.
Re-pot in spring when the plant becomes root bound or the soil needs renewing. A good solid and heavy pot is best to use because of these plants are well known for being top-heavy. A heavy pot will prevent them from tipping over.
It can be easily propagated by stem cuttings, leaf cuttings or by basal offsets. The cuttings or offsets should be taken in spring. Take 2-3 inch long stem cuttings and plant it in a 2-3 inch pot of equal parts mixture of peat moss and sand and keep it at normal room temperature in the bright filtered light.
Pests and Diseases:
It has is no serious pest or disease problems. But they are susceptible to mealy bugs, aphids, and fungal diseases. Overwatering may cause the roots to rot.
Learning about the care and maintenance of jade plants (Crassula ovata) is easy. The most important factors to consider when growing jade houseplants is water, light, temperature, and fertilizer.
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. Don’t water your jade plant on a schedule. Rather, water your jade plant when the top of soil is just dry to the touch.
If your jade plant is losing leaves or has leaf spots, this is most commonly caused by too little water.
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.
Jade plant care instructions say that jade plants do best in day time temperatures of 65-75 F. (18-24 C.) during the day and 50-55 F. (10-13 C.) at night. That being said, if they get lots of sunlight, they will do fine in temperatures that are higher than this.
For proper jade plant care, 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.
Grow Crassula ovata in shallow pots. The Jade Plant has shallow roots, and the top of the plant may become heavy. Use heavy clay pots if you have a problem with top-heavy plants.
To keep a plant at your desired size, treat it like a bonsai tree. Trim roots and stems to preserve the plant’s pleasing appearance. Prune to a point slightly above the stem rings that connected to the old leaves, and new leaves will sprout from those cuts.
Your Jade Plant needs new soil to grow and prosper over many years. Repotting your plant in a larger pot filled with fresh soil or a comparable medium invigorates the roots and helps it develop healthy leaves.
The Crassula ovata needs pots with good drainage since they’re an easy target for root rot. Repot your Jade Plant in a larger container using a perlite-based medium when it outgrows its old pot or shows signs of being root bound. To prepare the soil-less medium, combine one part coarse sand and one part coarse perlite with two parts sphagnum peat moss.
Pick up your Jade Plant and turn it upside down, gently tapping it until it’s released from the old pot. After brushing off excess soil from the roots, look for signs of rot or damage. Trim unhealthy black, dark brown or wilted roots. Save any white, healthy roots.
Line the bottom of the new pot with a thin coat of gravel, and place the medium on top of it. Put the Crassula ovata in the center of the container, and pack the medium around it until it’s the same level as the old pot. Remember to handle this delicate plant to avoid breaking leaves.
A single leaf from a Jade Plant quickly roots in a succulent-friendly potting mixture if you keep the container in a warm room in indirect sunlight. Snip a young, medium-sized leaf from a stem (older leaves are harder to propagate). Let the cut leaf dry and form a callous at the cutting point. Roots will eventually appear through the cut point. Once roots grow, place the leaf in a potting mixture.
You can also propagate a new Jade Plant using stem cuttings. Cut a portion of a stem just above a node. This portion should have one or more nodes above the cutting point, and a few internodes in between. Take off older, larger leaves on the lower part of the stem, as they’ll interfere with the rooting process.
Once the cut stem dries and becomes callous, white roots will appear. Place the stem in a soil mixture in a well-drained container. Don’t worry about watering the plant unless you see leaves wrinkling. Wrinkled leaves mean the plant needs moisture.
To learn other propagating and planting techniques, check out this video “How to propagate a Money plant/Jade plant (Crassula Ovata)” from the Desert Plants of Avalon YouTube Channel