Friday, June 14, 2013

The plant of the day (2) : The Jade Plant

I really like the look of this plant, it has a different look and has that strong presence whenever it's put, it's an indoor plant, so you can put one in your desk, room to decorate and purify your air. I recommend that you choose a nice container for it to complete the look and the decorative touch. heres a biref presentation of this plant native to South Africa:

          The jade plant (Crassula ovata, C. argentea or C. portulacea), also known as the money or friendship plant, is prized for its succulent, oval-shaped green leaves, clusters of white flowers and a distinctive, attractive form. It is possible to grow a jade plant outdoors up to U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 10, but you can grow it anywhere as a houseplant and they look somewhat like bonsai trees. Choosing or preparing an appropriate soil moisture is key to avoiding problems like root rot.

The only major soil requirement that jade plants have is that the soil must drain rapidly. The jade plant, native to South Africa, has adapted to thrive in rocky, sandy soils with low fertility. Jade plants do have a tendency to become top-heavy and their shallow roots make them prone to tipping over. A slightly heavier soil that contains a greater amount of organic matter better anchors the jade plant. Jade plants can grow in acidic or slightly alkaline soils but can suffer from nutrient deficiencies or toxicity in an extremely low or high soil pH. 

How easy to grow : ***--


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