Jade plant is vulnerable to frost.

Wandering Jew, spider plant, various philodendron and jade plant were among the most popular houseplants of the 1970s. They are as easy to propagate as they are to grow, so were popular gifts for friends and neighbors. Jade plant, Crassula ovata, commonly grew too big to stay inside without pruning. It fortunately grows better than the others outdoors.

Jade plant does not grow fast, but can eventually get more than six feet tall, with densely rounded form. The succulent stems of such large specimens get quite plump, but remain rather fragile. The paired evergreen leaves are thickly succulent, and mostly a bit longer than two inches. Clusters of tiny pale pink or white flowers are not especially impressive.

At least one cultivar is variegated with irregular white stripes. Another is somewhat ruddy with relatively compact growth. Others exhibit tubular or curly leaves. Foliage can fade or develop narrow red edges in response to harsh exposure or heat. It is also susceptible to frost damage. Jade plant is mildly toxic, but also potentially appealing to dogs who chew.


7 thoughts on “Jade Plant

  1. Yes, everybody’s grandmother had a jade plant. And everybody had spider plants at one time. Years ago, we made macrame hangers to hang them in front of windows. Now I have an old cat, who eats any green plant she can, so no more houseplants for me.

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      1. It was tacky, but so many things in that era were tacky. You were seen as somewhat sophisticated then to have some macrame stuff, and more so yet if you could make it. That was a long time ago.

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      2. All true. So many things have changed with human behavior. We have no idea what to expect from people now, except to expect chaos and the unexpected from most, and yes, lots of trashy.

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