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Jade Plant (Crassula ovata) Care Guide

The Jade plant (Crassula ovata) is a hardy succulent which can be grown indoors and outdoors. It is also known as money plant in Asia and is thought to bring wealth and prosperity.

There are approximately 18 different varieties of jade plants. Generally, they are all easy to care for, provided they are provided with plenty of light and the right amount of water.

Common Problems

  1. Loss of leaves – Insufficient lighting. To remedy the loss of leaves, move your plant to a brighter location and change the soil.
  2. Yellowing of leaves – Overwatering or root rot. If the roots are still alright, simply reduce watering and repot the plant. If the roots have rotted, it’ll be easier to discard it and propagate a new plant using the remaining leaves.
  3. Dropping of older leaves – Too much heat. In winter, this could be due to the jade plant being placed too close to a heater. Moving it to another spot should fix the problem.
  4. Mouldy leaves – Humidity is too high. If it is too humid indoors, placing the plant outdoors may fix the issue.
  5. No flowers – The plant is probably too young. Jade plants tend to flower when they are about 5 to 8 years old. They also tend not to flower indoors.

Common Mistakes

  1. Insufficient lighting
  2. Overwatering
  3. Excessive heat
  4. Excessive humidity

Care Requirements/Guide

Watering: During spring and summer, when the jade plant is growing actively, it will require more water (eg. weekly). During autumn and winter, the jade plant will require less water (eg. monthly). It is best to ensure that your plant pot has sufficient drainage and allows water to escape the base of the pot. Water your plant deeply when the soil is dry to the touch and wait until the soil is dry again to water it again.

Light: The Jade plant (Crassula ovata) require at least 4 hours of sunlight a day. However, if the jade plant is exposed to too much sunlight, they may develop reddish leaves.

Temperature: The ideal temperature range for a jade plant is room temperature (ie. 15 to 24 degrees celsius). Jade plants are not frost tolerant. However, well-established outdoor plants usually cope well with mild frosts.

Soil: Jade plants love good drainage. So avoid growing them in clayey soil. A soil mix used for cacti and succulents is preferable.

Repotting: Jade plants cope well even if root bound in a small pot. Keeping them root bound keeps them small and manageable. However, if you would like to encourage growth, repotting every 2 to 3 years is a good idea. Alternatively, plant them outdoors into the ground and watch them take off!

Fertiliser: Feed your jade plant twice a year with a water-soluble fertiliser, keeping in mind that you should never add fertiliser while the soil is dry as this may damage the roots. Water the plant first the usual way, then add fertiliser.

Pruning: Jade plants require pruning at least once a year to keep their growth in check. It is easy to prune jade plants as they are soft.

Toxicity Warning

Jade plants are toxic to animals including dogs and cats. If ingested, symptoms may include gastrointestinal distress such as vomiting, ataxia or lack of bodily coordination, depression or a lowered heart rate.

Jade plants are only mildly toxic to humans. Touching the plant sap may lead to itching and burning skin for some. If ingested,  diarrhorrea and vomiting may result.

If you have pets that will chew nearly any plant, check out our article on pet safe indoor plants.

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Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica) Care Guide

The Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica) is a popular, ornamental indoor plant that range in height from 30 centimetres to 2.5 metres in height.

There are a variety of rubber plants that are commonly available, including the ficus elastica decora, ficus elastica robusta, ficus elastica burgundy and variegated varieties which feature lime green, pink and white leaves.

Common Problems

  1. Loss of leaves – often due to overwatering, low temperatures, insufficient light or cold drafts. To remedy the loss of leaves, move your plant to a brighter location and change the soil.
  2. Leaf edges yellowing – could be due to poor soil, overwatering and under-feeding.
  3. Pests – the most common are mealy bugs, mites and scale.

Common Mistakes

  1. Over watering
  2. Moving the plant around excessively
  3. Placing your rubber plant in a location that experiences sudden drops in temperature and cold drafts

Care Requirements/Guide

Watering: Ensure that your plant pot has sufficient drainage and allows water to escape the base of the pot. Deepwater your plant when the soil is dry to the touch and wait until the soil is dry again to water it again.

Light: Rubber plants can survive in low light conditions, but bright, indirect light is ideal to see your plant thrive.

Temperature: The ideal temperature range for a rubber plant is 15-24 degrees celsius. Avoid temperatures that drop below 12 degrees celsius.

Soil: The soil for your rubber plant needs to be well-aerated. A recommended potting mix for the rubber plant is made from 1 part peat, 1 part pine bark, 1 part coarse sand or perlite to ensure that water flows through and drains properly.

Repotting: Repot your rubber plant when it becomes root bound and stops producing new leaves. Repotting into a larger pot with more soil will encourage new growth of both the root system and its leaves.

Fertiliser: Feed your rubber plant during sprint and summer with a diluted fertiliser every two weeks.

Pruning: If you want a shorter, fuller appearance for your plant, cut off the top branch and prune back any unwanted branches. Pruning in Spring or Summer is ideal.

Cleaning: Your plant’s leaves will need a gentle wipe with a damp cloth to ensure the leaves are glossy and dust-free so they can absorb the sunlight.

Toxicity Warning

All parts of the rubber plant (Ficus Elastica) are poisonous to pets if ingested.

In humans, the sap of the rubber tree can cause serious rash or irritation if handled by bare hands or exposed to bare skin.

If you have pets that will chew nearly any plant, check out our article on pet safe indoor plants.

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