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Jade (Crassula ovata) can be found with plain green or variegated leaves. It has thick brown stems and small, round, succulent leaves. It may be grown in a container or in the garden. Jade adapts well to tough, dry conditions but needs more watering in warm weather. It’s sometimes called the money plant because, if sited near the front door, it’s said to enhance the inhabitants’ wealth!


How to grow jade in your garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.  In areas with heavy or clay soil, to help improve soil structure and drainage, add gypsum and mix in well.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball.  Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed.  Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.  
  6. Feed in Autumn and Spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to promote strong root development and healthy colourful foliage.

     
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How to grow jade in a pot

  1. Pick a variety that can be grown in a pot.  Choose a pot at least twice the width and depth of the rootball. Position in full sun.
  2. Fill chosen pot with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.  Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole in centre of pot and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  4. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  5. Feed in Autumn and Spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to promote strong root development and healthy colourful foliage.

Growing tips

  • Grown as an indoor plant in cooler climates.
  • Can be propagated by stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. Place cuttings in a moist coarse sandy propagating mix with minimal irrigation until they show signs of growth.  Then re-plant into your garden bed or container.

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