I have suffered a lot with my Jade plant in the beginning and I know the mistakes that I made in my early planting stages. I’d surf the whole internet and find the article about Jade plant care and growing Jade plants, but there was no one to make me aware of the mistakes I made.
In this blog, we are going to discuss some of the most common mistakes people make while growing Jade plants. Hope I can be the person that will make you avoid some mistakes in the process.
Choosing the wrong one:
I may sound silly, but it is one of the most common mistakes people make while getting a Jade plant. Whatever may be the source for getting the Jade plant, you might get confused among some similar-looking Jade species and end up getting one that doesn’t suit you.
By saying “doesn’t suit you”, I don’t want to sound rude. But this mistake eventually can lead to a completely different outcome than you have expected and in the end, you might end up not liking Jade plants at all.
Not letting the plant enjoy sunlight:
This is not very common among gardeners and indoor plant owners to let the plant get less sunlight. But some of my beginner fellows surf the internet and find articles saying something like “Jade plants grow well with indirect sunlight”.
And the astounding part is that people believe that too!
In reality, the articles ain’t wrong though. But they tell you what worked for them and not the one that will work for you. For the best results, you have to do some little experiments.
Nope! not the ones that you are thinking about, we aren’t going to get any beaker or flask. You need to note different conditions and their effects on your plant.
The watering mistake:
Watering is not that difficult to do, but knowing the right amount of water to use is. Knowing the right amount and right frequency to water the plant is very important, as over-watering can lead to squishy leaves and less watering can lead to wrinkly ones.
I know it’s hard to find the right formula for it, but experimenting is what will help you in the long run.
The plant food mistake:
This again is what people miss the most while growing a Jade plant. We shall give plants plant food(the one that is specialized for them) regularly. By saying regularly I don’t mean to say, give the plant, plant food every single day. Giving your plant a little plant food every 2 or three weeks will help them get some extra nutrition.
The pruning mistake:
Pruning is one of my favorite parts while growing a Jade. I like giving a shape to the Jade plant while it grows.
Many of you might think, “Is there any problem in doing so?”
No, there is no problem in pruning your Jade plant. But not sterilizing the tools before doing so is. We all know there are different kinds of microbes everywhere. So are the tools. Making a cut on a plant with such a tool could cause problems.
Remember to wash and sterilize the tools before you prune a Jade with them.
Getting the wrong Planter:
Planters or planting pots come in different sizes, shapes, and colors. When choosing a planter, we should look for the best size for our plant. Getting the wrong sized planter could affect the growth negatively and cause ceased growth.
While choosing the planter, check the size to be at least 1 to 2 inches bigger than the root system of the plant.
Also, don’t forget to change it every 1 or 2 years (with a bigger size).
Psst! Don’t forget to check the drainage hole.
Jades, as we know, come from the African region of the globe and that’s why they like to stay in warmer conditions. Though they can survive in cold and moderate regions, it’s not advised to keep them in a cold place. Avoid such parts of your home for decorating your Jade.
Ignoring the problems:
This could be the most dangerous one of the above. Ignoring the problems the plant is facing is like killing the plant but slowly. There are some problems with Jade that look very common but need to be fixed ASAP. Problems like wrinkly and squishy leaves are some that I have earlier told you about.
Also, there are problems that may look very normal but will affect your Jade more than anything. So make sure to check for any abnormal stuff on your Jade plant.
Not clarifying any doubt on growing a Jade plant to us:
This one is very important from every aspect. If you have any kind of doubt about your Jade plant ask us in the comments, we’ll try to clarify and answer any doubt or query you have in it.
So these were some of the mistakes that people do with their jade plant and you need to avoid them. Also, make us know your opinions about this blog in the comments. I am eager to hear from you.
Keep Growing : )