Originally native to South Africa, the jade plant (Crassula argentea) has become a familiar plant for gardens…
…and homes throughout the world, owing to its ease of maintenance.
Plants can withstand poor sandy soils, prefer being rootbound in a pot, and don’t require their roots to be watered too much.
Only in regions with extreme temperatures, do you have to worry about the temperature in which you keep your jade plant.
Since their roots take root in cooler temperatures, jade plants thrive best under cool temperatures in the winter.
A jade plant comes from a sunny, dry region of South Africa, and its thick trunk, stems and leaves are telling you something about its needs:
They store an excessive amount of moisture, so overwatering must be avoided.
Jade plants thrive on sunlight. Young Jade plants can be kept in bright indirect light, but as the plant ages….
….it loses its tolerance for sunlight and sunlight becomes essential to its survival.
Jade plants grown over one year should receive at least four hours of direct sunlight…
….less of which can cause the leaves to yellow, the plant to dry out, the plant to become leggy, stunted growth etc.
The plant grows best in a wide, shallow container filled with fast-draining soil…
…with a layer of gravel or broken pottery at its bottom for drainage and extra stability.
It requires about two cups of fertilizer every six weeks during the spring and summer, none during the winter.
However, while a mature jade plant is mostly a foliage plant, you may later at some point find clusters of little pinkish-white flowers.
An old plant can grow quite tall, however nothing like in its natural habitat, where it can be as high as 10 feet tall.
Upon maturity, jade’s flower with star-shaped flowers in pink or white.
Proper care of your jade plant, including fertilization, is important for a long healthy life cycle.
Let us hear story from James, about his tragic experience of his jade plant stop growing.
Because of his lack of knowledge to take care of jade plant.
Let us hear Jame’s story
The rainy season was the worst, especially during winter.
It was cloudy and the daylight hours were few and far between.
The jade plant had been living happily in her sunny window for a year now, but it seems like she couldn’t take it anymore.
Jade in rainy season if you put it outside, is a nightmare for them.
When the sun would appear, when I would water her every day, everything that made her happy…
…before seemed to make her sadder and worse off.
Finally one day she just stopped growing altogether.
I didn’t know if this was because of something with me or what, so i decided to call my mom’s friend…
...who knows a lot about plants.
“Oh dear,” said Mrs Mimmie as soon as I told her what happened, from that time I never put my jade in rainy season ever again.
Well this is my fault at the first time, to pu my jade in rainy seasons outside.
Here’s the main course…
Quick Guide Planting Jade in Rainy Season
- Make sure that the container you choose has at least one drainage hole and is no bigger than the root ball of your jade plant. (Jade plants don’t mind being crowded.)
- Then fill the container 13% full with a good mixture of fertilizer and potting soil that offers excellent drainage and a little food to help your jade plant grow.
- Place the plant in the pot so that the root ball is about an inch below the edge of the container, to allow for watering.
- More potting mix can be placed around the root ball and gently patted.
- You can water your jade plant thoroughly and let it drain. Place a saucer under the pot and move the jade plant inside.
Rainy Season for Jade
Therefore, how to care for jade plants during the rainy season?
Because constant rain can damage jade plants, keep them inside during the rainy season.
This is the best way to keep jade plants safe from too much rain.
During the rainy season, I like to move my succulents indoors.
As you know, succulents do not like too much water. Jade plants are some of them.
If you have extra indoor space, it can be the best haven for them.
If the rainy season ends soon, you can bring the jade plants outdoors.
However, this process can be challenging if your plants are larger pots.
How to Take Care Jade in Rainy Season?
Generally speaking, jade plants require at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight each day.
They can grow at temperatures ranging from 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
However, on rainy days these plants will suffer.
Use Grow Light
Direct sunlight is not available during rainy season, so grow lights can be used to supplement light needs.
Despite that, I have observed that jade plants can survive several days without direct sunlight.
They are hardier than other succulent plants. But if the rainy days continue for weeks…
..they will certainly need some source of light. Another thing that should be kept in mind is that jade plants…
..are frost sensitive. Bring them in during the winter when temperatures drop.
Jade plants require water like other succulents to survive, but have a different watering requirement during rainy days and winter.
During these seasons, they are dormant, which means they are not actively growing.
But they need less water I summer than they do during the year. Using grow light is the good way…
…to supply your jade plant with enough light.
This is why you must prevent your jade plant from getting moist during the rainy season.
It is also important to make sure that you are using fast-draining soil for your plants.
Watering It Correctly
Like most succulents, jade plants do not like wet soil, because it causes root rot especially if the soil is poorly drained.
Soak the soil as well as the leaves and stems when watering, especially during the colder months.
When the leaves and stems are wet, it can cause rot from the humid environment.
I suggest using the soak and dry watering method for your jade plant during the rainy season.
This watering method involves completely soaking the soil and leaving it dry.
Do not water for a couple of days.
The soak and dry method protects your succulent plant from being overwatered.
Regardless of the season, I have found this method to be the most effective.
You must make sure that the soil you use is fast absorbing before using the soak and dry watering technique.
If not, your jade plant will die from excessive watering.
Here’s the last part!
Look Out for the Pests and Diseases
During rainy days and colder seasons, succulents like jade plants are prone to many pests and diseases.
Some of the common pests are mealybugs. They usually hide under the leaves and stems.
Their mouth parts penetrate plant tissues and they feed upon the sap.
As they feed, mealybugs secrete a sticky substance, known as honeydew.
These sticky honeydew droplets serve as a perfect home for the spores of the sooty mold fungal disease.
In addition to the sap loss caused by a mealybug infestation, the jade plants often get a sooty mold infection.
Mealybugs and other jade plant pests can be hard to control…
…because they can be very sensitive to horticultural soaps and oils.
However, do not worry about these insects as they can be killed by spraying them with an alcoholic solution.
Wipe the insects with an alcohol solution on a paper towel after spraying the insects.
Repeat the process if necessary. If you suspect that the plant is generally affected by these pests…
…you might take a stronger measure than throwing the affected plants away and propagating a new one.
Another pest that should be kept away from your jade plant is powdery mildew.
However, it seems to be less prevalent in an indoor environment.
Although the jade plant is one of the hardy succulents, it is not immune to rainy weather.
Too much water can indeed cause health problems such as root rot.
Caring for jade plants in the rainy season involves making sure that the plants are planted in the fast-draining soil.
Secondly, the amount of water and the watering frequency should also be regulated.
The rainy season is the time of year when jade plants are dormant so they do not grow actively.
It also means that they do not need as much water as they did in summer.
Succulent plants are easily attacked by parasites if they are not checked regularly, especially during winter.
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Last thing for sure. This plant need to be care carefully, remember plant need the “love” too.
Alright that’s all for today! Do you have any questions about all of this?
Or do you want to add some method for taking care jade in rainy season?
Let me know your recommendation from the comment below.
I hope you can now take care your jade in rainy season.
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