This sturdy evergreen succulent slowly develops a tree like shape up to 1.2m high. It's fleshy leaves are bright green with red tips and tubular in shape. In late summer it can produce white or pinkish star shaped flowers.
Collect the seeds once the flowers have dried up.
The fine seeds are distributed by the wind. Mix the fine seeds with well draining soil, spread out in a thin layer, moisten the soil, create humidity with a plastic cover until germination.
Pick a healthy leaf, let the cut end touch the soil. Don't water until you see the roots forming. Stems should be dried off for a couple of weeks, plant in lightly watered well draining soil.
Attracts useful insects
The abundant flowers will attract bees, beetles, butterflies, wasps and flies.
Can be grown indoors in good light, therefore close to a window.
This plant is like a succulent able to store water in its leaves, branches and stems and therefore does not require much water. Let the soil dry out between waterings to prevent root rot.
The jade plant grows very well in a pot given that it has enough light and is not exposed to frost and has good drainage.
South Africa, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
The Khoi and other Africa tribes uses the jade plant medicinally by boiling the leaves in milk for the treatment of diarrhea.
The Khoi used to eat the roots by grating it as preparation before cooking and served it with thick milk.
Crassula ovata is a wonderful sculptural plant for pots, tubs, rockeries, retaining walls and gravel gardens and is the ideal plant for a water-wise garden. It can also be grown in pots indoors.
White to light pink, White
Generally pest free, but if you do find some pests then you can use most systemic insecticides. It is always a good idea not to spray houseplants inside, so rather take it outside to spray it and take all safety precautions as instructed on the insecticide.