Being knowledgeable about where a plant originated gives more than just a sense of curiosity.
Knowing that the ancestors of your begonias are a tropical rainforest,
floor you can see why they will likely not thrive in full, hot sunlight.
However a cactus native to sunny, arid regions in Mexico won’t survive in a misted shade house.
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.
Let us hear the story of Popo for his experience of his jade got sunburned.
Let us hear Popo’s Story
“I can’t believe I left the jade plant outside all day “I’m such an idiot! It’s probably dead,”
I said to myself as I seen my jade got sunburned.
“What am I going to do with a dead plant?”
The sun had really done a number on it and there was no way for Greta to be sure…
if it would make it through this tragedy or not.
Out of pure anger, I surfing all of the time on the internet..
…day and night, to know what should I do with this dying plant.
Finally, I found my way to help this plant
Live again, I’m not going to do the same mistake again.
Breakdown of Jade
With temperatures ranging from 30 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter the jade plant…
…is considered hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 and 11.
In frost-free areas of the West Coast and southern states the jade plant can survive outdoors even during the winter.
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.
Most jade plants grow best at room temperature (65° to 75°F / 18° to 24°C) but need cooler temperatures…
…in the evening and the winter months (down to 55°F).
Plants that are accustomed to full sun during part of the day can survive higher temperatures.
According to horticulturist Ron Smith of North Dakota State University most jade plants sold in the U.S….
…are not tolerant of temperatures below 40 F.
Place the Jade plant on a balcony or window that faces south south-west, or west.
These directions receive the maximum amount of sunlight ensuring healthy growth for the succulent.
Some varieties, typically those with variegated leaves prefer less light and can be grown effectively…
…in bright indirect light.
Keep jade plants away from windows during the winter to avoid injury from the cold.
You can either move the plant away from the direct heat of the window during warmer months…
…or move it outdoors to a sunny spot.
Like other succulents, your jade plant can get sunburned if it gets too much direct sun.
When you grow your jade plant indoors and then move it outside for the summer…
…you’ll want to keep it out of direct afternoon sunlight.
Make sure you acclimate your plant slowly if you do not want to have white patches or burns on your plant.
However, jade plants are hardy and may grow new leaves to replace the leaves which were burned.
If the leaves of the jade plant are burnt don’t worry because the plant will grow new leaves…
…to replace the old and burnt leaves.
The old and burned leaves will just drop off.
The first thing you can do is assess the severity of the sunburned.
Does the problem exist only in the leaves, the branches, or the main stem?
When only the leaves are sunburned, the fastest and best thing to do is to move the plant to a shady spot.
The plant will recover on its own and become normal again.
Sunburned leaves and branches may be totally removed.
Just remember that after this, the plant should be rested to recover from the trauma or stress.
At this stage, do not water the plant.
Just wait until the wounds are completely dry before watering the plant.
Your jade plant must have overexposed to sunlight if the main stem is also sunburned.
The best thing you can do is to remove the affected body parts and treat the plant…
..with anti-bacterial or anti-fungal substances.
Once you notice some signs of recovery you can provide…
…the plant with vitamins and hormones to help it quickly recover.
Generally, jade plants can recover from sunburn but in extremely severe cases, they will not be able to recover.
So my recommendation is to bring your jade plant indoors or in a shaded area as soon as you notice any signs of sunburn on it.
Additionally, jade plants are not tolerant of freezing temperatures so before the frost,
they need to be moved to an indoor space preferably near the window, to allow them experience sunlight.
Furthermore, when the seasons are cooler, jade plants are dormant so do not give them water nor fertilize.
During cooler months most succulents are dormant.
Therefore, they do not grow as quickly therefore need less nutrients.
Jade plants grow best outdoors with four to six hours of direct sunlight with a little shade…
…from the intense afternoon sunlight. However, you may grow your jade plant indoors in a southern window…
…with four to six hours of direct sunlight.
Jade plants need medium to bright light.
Place them in front of a window that gets around 4 hours of direct or filtered sunlight.
Keep in mind that if you place it in direct, strong sun the edges of the leaves will turn reddish…
…leaving a red border around the leaves.
In less direct sun, the leaves will be a dark green and will look healthier.
So, place them about 3-4″ away from a window because the glass will act as a magnifier…
…making the sun’s rays hotter on the plant.
The redness of the leaves is a sign that your jade leaves..
..are getting scorched.
The best temperatures for these plants are just normal indoor temps but they do not like high humidity.
They like the temps at night time to be around 50-55°F and during the days 75-80°F.
They can survive in temps as low as 40°F but it is not a very good idea to let them get that cold.
But It Can’t Take The Cold
If the temperature outside goes below 12 degrees Celsius it is advisable to bring the plant inside for better survival.
The optimum temperature for this plant is 18–26 degrees Celsius.
When the plant is exposed to too much frost or low temperatures for too long it may appear limp.
If this occurs, you may just have to wait and see if the plant will come back to life.
Cut off any stems that turn black or appear rotten.
How To Save It?
If the temperature outside drops below 12 degrees Celsius the plant should be brought inside for better survival.
The optimal temperature for this plant is 18–26 degrees Celsius.
Cut off any stems that turn black or appear rotten if they are exposed to too much frost or low temperatures for too long.
Let the soil dry out before watering; don’t overwater the plant to revive it, bring it inside into a room with good ambient sunlight.
From above we can see that Jade Plant needs a good temperature for living, but in high temperature it can’t survive…
…with proper check for temperature Jade can grow big and strong.
Jade as a succulent plant, have a good resilience. That can accompany you and besides its easy to take care of it.
For us who’s kinda lazy to take care general houseplant! So that’s it!
Now do you have any recommendation plants that are good to grow?
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Either way go ahead and leave a comment below right now! Thanks for reading! Cao!