Undoubtedly, Jade plants are the most popular succulent plants around. Their thick, shiny, fleshy, and smooth leaves are an unmatched trademark. Originally, Jade plants and various types of jade plants came from South Africa. With time, their growth has been embraced worldwide.
Jade plants are popularly known as a money tree, friendship tree, or lucky trees. Could that be the reason for their ever-growing popularity? Time will tell. However, we can affirm that Jade plants are probably the easiest to maintain and the most resilient plant you’ll ever encounter.
Their branches thicken with age and the leaves’ color ranges from dark to red on the edges when exposed to sunlight. Jade plants belong to the Crassula family. In this read, we’ve compiled 21 Jade plants to help you invite prosperity and good luck (if you share that notion) to your home.
Please pick your favorite from this list and accentuate the look of your home. Also, herein is all you need to know about this amazing plant.
Jade Plants – Are They Indoor or Outdoor Plant?
Thanks to their ‘easy-going nature,’ Jade plants thrive either indoors or outdoors. Their secret lies in how good you care for them.
Are Jade Plants Poisonous?
Unfortunately, Jade plants are poisonous to dogs and cats. Simply use deterrents to keep dogs and cats away to avoid any harm and save both your plants and pets. However, though slightly poisonous, Jade plants possess healing effects on the body when used under the right circumstance.
Types of Jade Plants
1. Hobbit Jade Plant
This is a dwarf variety that’s popularly known as ‘Bonsai Jade tree.’ Grow it if you cherish succulents with a weird look. It forms a great garden when grown in containers whereby its height is determined by the size of the container.
You can grow it as a single planting or mix with other succulents. This foliage is ideal for indoor use thanks to its slow growth nature. It develops small pinkish-white flowers from late autumn to early winter.
2. Hummel’s Sunset Crassula
It blends well when grown together with ornamental grasses producing a showy effect. Hummel’s sunset crassula is a great addition to the center of a table and it makes a perfect living gift. Simply plant a combination of this foliage and make use of their unique color, texture and leaf shape to bring forth special interest.
3. Crassula Ovata Botany Bay
This is arguably one of the most recent types of Jade plants, having been introduced into the market less than a decade ago. While it normally makes at least 1m height in a period of 5 years, it’s an outstanding plant thanks to its bushy nature.
This type of Jade plant is known for its pinkish-white flowers that thrive in early winter. They normally develop a red blush during stressful conditions.
4. Baby’s Necklace
It goes by the botanical name ‘Crassula rupestris.’ This type of Jade plant forms one of the prettiest hybrids of the Crassula family-it’s simply an unrivaled head-turner. Its small round-gray-green reddish leaves look like a beaded necklace. Evidently, that aspect contributed to its name.
5. Propeller Plant
Ever heard of the famous Crassula falcata? Well, here it is. Under a conducive environment, it produces amazing red blooms. It is known for its flat succulent leaves.
6. Gandalf Jade
This is a popular hybrid of minors and horn-tree. It boasts of tube-like leaves with purple-red edges. Jade plants are said to be a source of good luck to the owner but the popularity of this variety in connection to that is just on another level.
7. Miniature Pine Tree
This is a low-maintenance type of Jade plant that boasts of needle-like and awl-shaped leaves that are rich in apple-green trunk-like stems. It can be grown as bonsai.
8. Crassula Ovata Harbour Lights
We can’t talk of Jade plants that best thrive in pots without mentioning this variety. Despite its relatively small leaves, this variety is known for the ability to display intense red foliage during the winter months.
The characteristic red color makes it a popular houseplant. The appearance of pinkish-white flowers that appear during early winter makes it produce a radiant appearance. It’s an unrivaled residential decoration.
9. Crassula Ovata Minima
It hardly surpasses the 60cm and its height is controlled by trimming and container size. This Jade plant develops flowers during the autumn and winter season.
It boasts of showy clusters of pink and white flowers above the foliage. When grown in smaller containers, it shows off a compact habit and a growing tip that tends to branch and cluster thus producing a fuller appearance.
10. Silver Dollar Jade
It’s also called the ‘blue Buddha bush.’ This Jade plant boasts of silver-blue leaves with deep reddish-brown shade edges. Just like most of the other related types of Jade plants, it grows flowers during the winter season.
11. Baby Jade Plant
Though it doesn’t belong to the Crassula genus, it resembles the original Jade plant, save for its smaller leaves. Natural, it’s a bonsai.
12. Yellow Rainbow Bush
It may be slow-growing but when it comes to matters sprawling groundcover, it’s second to none. This Jade plant variety has fascinating pale yellow and light green leaves and a red-brown stem.
13. Pink Jade
This beautiful variety is named so because of its clusters of bushy pink blooms of magnificent flowers that grow and cover it during fall and early winter.
It develops red blushes under dry conditions. This colorful variety is known for its eye-catching green leaves with lemon and pink-cream edges in an amazing shape of ‘heart.’ The pink Jade plant can grow up to a height of one meter in five years.
14. Crassula Arborescens Undulatifolia
If you want a Jade plant that will provide you architectural interest for your decorative and landscape containers, look no further, Undulatifolia ripple Jade got your back.
It is known for its tight compact growth habit and its waxy leaves that make it a great contrast plant. Its year-round elegant color accentuates interest to any greenery. It develops pinkish-white star-shaped flowers during winter. Its one-meter height can be limited by container size.
15. Crassula Ovata Pixie
This is a unique variety of Jade plant that’s grown for its unmatched pot performance and compact habit. It develops a red leaf margin during dry season. It develops up to a height of 60cm. During winter, clusters of white and pin flowers appear above the foliage.
16. Little Jade Tree
His variety is as small and young as it suggests. Though small, this plant can reach a maximum of 40cm. It’s popular as a party favor or a wedding gift. It thrives in small container gardens of indoors of houses.
17. Portulacaria Afra Aurea
This is a slow-growing evergreen succulent groundcover that boasts of yellow to light green circular leaves and red-brown stems. The leaf shades’ are influenced by the time of the year and changes with new growth. It can perfectly grow in full sun or under a shade.
18. Lady Fingers
It got this name thanks to its curiously finger-like green leaves. They’re red at the tip and cylindrical in shape. It blooms during winter and develops pinkish-white flowers. It’s a perfect standout when combined with paintings because of its foliage that boasts of green, pink, and white colors.
19. Green Penny Jade
Interestingly, this rounded and fleshy jade plant doesn’t sprout any flowers. It’s fleshy leaves thrive on dark red stems. Although it can grow up to two meters in length, it’s easily controlled by trimming. It’s normally used for decorating patios and balconies, but can also be shaped into fences and edges.
20. Rainbow Bush
Personally, I love it for its creamy leaves. The tinge of magenta on the leaves persists whether adversities all year round. It can grow up to a height of one meter but doesn’t develop flowers in cultivation.
21. Blue Bird
This is arguably the most beautiful succulent and most popular as a balcony Jade plant. It has greyish foliage with pink tips.
Caring for various types of Jade Plants
Being a succulent, Jade plants require little water and direct sunlight. They form a great houseplant. Be keen on the following conditions when growing and caring for your Jade plants.
- They love dry seasons and hate cold and damp weather. Ideal temperature range for the is 17-24 o C. (65-75 F).
- They store water in their leaves and so you should never overwater them. Wondering how often to water your plants, this is determined by soil and the plant.
- While some types of Jade plants can do without light, basically, it should be so little for all. Simply place them on a window and they’ll be fine.
- You can use your regular potting or garden soil so long as it doesn’t hold excess moisture.
- It should be low, 30-50% humidity will be perfect.
- This is done to ensure it maintains the right size. Just be keen to do it right.
- A little or none will be fine. If you have to use it, first dilute it and don’t fertilize your Jade plants when the soil is dry-this could damage its roots.
Common Pests and disease of Jade Plants
- Yellow leaves
- Formation of black or white mold
- If you see them simply apply pesticides.
Whether you’re an avid gardener or just a beginner, as long as you love plants, give Jade plants a try. They’ll not only prove to be a great choice for you but also act as a great housewarming gift.
You’ve probably seen many private places decorated with Jade plants, that could also be you. Simply tend them correctly and see them serve you for a lifetime.