Plant profile

Crassula ovata

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Botanical name: Crassula ovata

Named by: George Claridge Druce (1917)

Family: Crassulaceae

Genus: Crassula

Native area: Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique

Common names: jade plant, money plant or money tree

Care difficulty: easy

Light preference: bright light

Minimum temperature: 2°C (35° F)

Optimal temperature: 18-31°C (65-90°F)

Humidity: low to medium

Watering: water when soil is dry, reduce watering during winter months

Fertilizing: 10-10-10, once every two months during spring and summer months

Soil: 50% coconut peat, 50% gravel

pH: 6-6.5

Repotting: every 2-3 years

Speed of growth: moderate

Mature size: up to 1.8m (6ft.) in heaight and 0.9m (3ft.) in width

Flower: small white-pink star-shapped

Propagation: by seeds, stem or leaf cutting

Pests: mealy bugs, spidermites

Diseases: Erwinia stem rot, Powdery Mildew

Toxicity: toxic

- easy to propagate from a stem or leaf cutting
- to propagate from leaf, just remove it and leave it on surface of soil
- to propagate from stem cutting, cut the stem and let the wound dry out for a few days, then just plant it directly in soil
- needs bright light all year round
- can be grown in full sun but might get scorched if the plant wasn't carefully introduced to full sun conditions

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