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Money plant, jade plant

Crassula ovata
Jade plant, also known as a Money plant

Crassula ovata is the botanical name of the plant commonly referred to as the money plant - although it is also known as the jade plant. But there are several other plants that are commonly called the money plant, including Epipremnum aureum (also called devil's ivy), Lunaria annua (more commonly called honesty) and Pilea peperomioides.

Crassula ovata is sometimes listed as Crassula argentea.

Crassula ovata is a tender evergreen succulent, which is mainly grown as a houseplant. It bears attractive rounded, fleshy, glossy, jade green leaves. These may develop a red tinge around the edges when grown in high light levels. The new stems have the same colour and texture, becoming brown and woody as they age and the plant grows larger

Plants may flower in summer, but they rarely do.

How to grow Crassula ovata

The jade plant is an easy to look after houseplantIndoors Crassula ovata prefers a brightly lit position, preferably a south-facing or west-facing aspect, but it will grow in darker conditions

It can be moved outside to a warm, sunny patio in summer - but make sure you bring it back indoors before the weather turns cold in early autumn.

Cultivation

Crassula ovata needs a reasonably well-drained compost, so either add extra grit to a John Innes Compost or, better still, use a compost specifically recommended for cacti and succulents.

Planting Crassula ovata

Crassula ovata needs a very well-drained compost, so either add extra grit to a John Innes Compost or, better still, use a compost specifically recommended for cacti and succulents.

Add a topdressing of gravel or pebbles on top of the compost to produce a natural, finished look and to help reduce evaporation.

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Houseplant, indoor plant, summer patio plant.

How to care for Crassula ovata

Water moderately when plants are in growth (April to September), but more sparingly when dormant (autumn and winter) - once or twice a month may be sufficient. Allow the soil to dry out slightly before watering again. Being a succulent, Crassula ovata can go a long time without water - but it grows best with water when growing.

Feed with a balanced liquid feed 2 or 3 times during the growing season from late spring to late summer.

Pests

Crassula ovata may be susceptible to the following problems.

Overwatering

Sun scorch

Foliage

Spring

Green
red

Summer

Green
red

Autumn

Green
red

Winter

Green
red

Full sun

Ultimate height

Up to 90cm (3ft)

Ultimate spread

Up to 90cm (3ft)

Time to ultimate height

10-15 years
Clay
Loamy

Soil pH

Neutral

Moisture

Well-drained
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