The Crassula ovata, commonly known as jade plant, is considered by Feng Shui practitioners as a good luck plant. So, if you wish to boost the positive elements coming into your home or workplace this coming New Year, this is the succulent plant that you should consider getting.
While it is convenient to just buy jade plants from known sellers like Cal Farms, if you are up to the challenge of planting, rooting and growing them yourself, then here are effective ways on how to do just that:
1. Growing Roots From Cuttings
If your source is from a full-grown jade plant, this is the ideal method for you. First, identify the part of the plant where the healthiest branches are located. Make sure that the area is free from disease and fresh-looking. From there, select the branch where you will get your cutting.
It should be noted that the branch should be at least three to four inches long. If the branches of your succulent plant are shorter than the length recommended here, skip this method and proceed to the next one below where you can just propagate from the leaves.
Once you have your ideal branch, set it aside and let it dry preferably up to a week. This is because the fresh wound from the cutting will still be wet and putting it in the soil as it is will invite diseases brought about by organisms that thrive in moist places.
You might want to consider using a rooting hormone to accelerate the whole rooting process and to prevent fungi from infesting the flesh wound of the plant. Upon noticing that a callus starts developing on the wound of the branch, that’s the sign when it is ready to be planted.
Start mixing soil with perlite or verminculi into a pot. After that, plant the branch there. Water the mixture sparingly or just enough to keep it damp until roots start growing.
That’s it. Now, just keep it maintained as we have discussed in our previous articles.
2. Propagating the Leaves
When the branches appear too short, this is the recommended method for you. All you have to do is snip the healthiest leaf in the plant. Again, see to it that it is fresh and free from disease.
Compose a mixture made of half soil and half verminculi or perlite in a pot. Keep it damp with little watering to provide nutrients to the leaf. Keep it that way until you see tiny plants sprouting from the leaf.
When the tiny plants start growing into a few inches, simply provide the regular maintenance needed to keep your jade plant alive.
If you don’t happen to believe in Feng Shui, maybe we can just all agree that jade plants are really nice to look at and their healthy green glow never fail to add beauty to any part of the home or office where they are situated. You might want to combine it with rossettes succulents for added visual effects.