Trailing Jade 4"
Trailing Jade 4"
Trailing Jade (Senecio jacobsenii), also known as Weeping Jade or String of Buttons, is a beautiful succulent plant with cascading stems and vibrant green leaves. Here's how you can care for your Trailing Jade:
1. Light: Trailing Jade thrives in bright, indirect light. Place it near a window where it can receive filtered sunlight. However, avoid exposing it to direct sunlight for extended periods, as it can scorch the leaves. If you notice the leaves turning yellow or getting sunburnt, move the plant to a slightly shadier location.
2. Watering: Trailing Jade is drought-tolerant and prefers to be on the drier side. Water the plant thoroughly when the top inch of the soil feels dry. Allow the excess water to drain out of the pot completely, and avoid letting the plant sit in standing water. During the winter months, reduce watering frequency as the plant enters a semi-dormant state.
3. Soil: Plant your Trailing Jade in a well-draining succulent or cactus potting mix. This type of soil allows excess water to drain quickly and helps prevent overwatering. You can also add perlite or coarse sand to improve drainage if needed.
4. Humidity: Trailing Jade can tolerate average indoor humidity levels. It doesn't require any specific humidity requirements, but it appreciates slightly higher humidity during the warmer months. You can increase humidity by placing a tray of water near the plant or using a humidifier if your home has dry air.
5. Temperature: Trailing Jade prefers average room temperatures between 18-24°C (65-75°F). It can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures but should be protected from frost and extreme cold. Avoid placing the plant near drafts or areas with temperature fluctuations.
6. Fertilizing: Trailing Jade does not require frequent fertilization. You can feed the plant with a balanced liquid succulent fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength. Apply the fertilizer once every two to three months during the growing season (spring and summer). Avoid fertilizing during the winter months when the plant is in a semi-dormant state.
7. Pruning: Prune Trailing Jade to control its size and shape. You can trim back leggy or straggly stems to encourage a bushier growth habit. Pruning also helps maintain a compact and tidy appearance.
8. Propagation: Trailing Jade can be easily propagated through stem cuttings. Simply cut a healthy stem, remove the lower leaves, and allow the cutting to dry for a few days. Once the cut end has calloused over, plant the cutting in a well-draining succulent mix and water sparingly until roots develop.
By following these care tips, you can enjoy a healthy and thriving Trailing Jade plant in your home.