The goal of every gardener is definitely to get their plant to bloom right?
It’s absolutely need a right care while we are growing it..
The same case goes to Jade Plant. One of the most favourites plant for home gardeners..
…and have been knowns as the ‘money plant’. We often hear, “my jade plant won’t bloom.”
Is it because it won’t bloom? or we are not aware of its causes and even how to deal with it?
I’m sure you know the answer.
One thing for sure…
To get your Jade bloom, is indeed easy as long as you know how.
Alright, I will help you to know how to get Jade Plant to bloom?
…by providing information on what may cause a jade plant not flowering…
,,,,and how to promote blooms in reluctant plants. Before we jump in…
Let’s take a look on Jacqueline’s story below…
I do love gardening a lil bit too much. It just relaxes me to the point…
…where I don’t even realize that I have spent almost 24/7 of my time on my plants…
…even a lot of money spent. Sadly most of it due to the over worry that come within me…
on the plants that do not grow well It gives a sort of guilty feeling…
How to get Jade Plant to bloom?
What’s the bottom line?
Jade plants are primarily known for their thick, glossy, succulent leaf pads.
There are many types of jade but the most familiar houseplants are Crassula ovata and Crassula argentea.
These succulents reproduce by vegetative means but can also flower and produce seed.
Jade plants grow for many years without blooming.
Even in their native habitat, the plants need to be very mature before they form flowers.
Among the many jade plant flowering requirements is an arid ambient environment.
Interior conditions are often too humid for the plant to form buds.
Getting a jade plant to bloom will require you to remove it to a dry location…
…withhold water, and expose it to cooler nighttime temperatures.
Of course, your plant should be an older species for blooming or you will still not find a single flower.
Given the right setting and environment, a jade plant not flowering…
…may simply be that it is not old enough to reproduce yet.
I’m not going to lie to you…
All plants need the same environment they would experience naturally to promote flowering and fruiting.
Some require a dormancy period, some a photoperiod and others extreme environmental conditions.
Jade plant flowering requirements are a combination of all three.
The plant doesn’t exactly enter dormancy but it does require a rest period before buds form.
As the days become shorter reduce watering and do not fertilize.
Keep the plant in an area of 60 degrees Fahrenheit (12 C.) during fall but protect it from any freezing.
But, here’s the kicker…
Blossoms should start to form around the shortest days of the year and bloom in late winter to early spring.
These starry little flowers are produced in clusters at the tips of branches and are short lived.
Once the flowers fade and the stalk becomes brown, you can cut off the flowering stem.
Begin to increase water and temperature as the spring progresses.
In summer, move the plant outdoors gradually to an area with some protection from searing sun rays…
…but where it is bright for most of the day. Water when the surface of the soil is dry.
Jade plants like to be crowded…
…so they rarely need repotting to a larger container but they do need new soil every 3 years.
Repot after the flowers have bloomed and at least a month before you move the plant outdoors for summer.
Use a good cactus mixture for plants left indoors but add a bit of humus-rich soil to plants that are taken outside.
In spring to late summer fertilize with a diluted balanced liquid fertilizer monthly.
Don’t expect annual blooms, however, as the plant needs time to store…
…adequate energy for this infrequent floral spectacle.
How to fertilize it without hustle?
Here’s the interesting part…
Keep in mind that jade plants are not finicky plants.
I consider them to be one of the hardiest succulents plants.
If the potting mix is fresh, fertilizing is usually not necessary.
Once the plant has been sitting in the same potting mix for a couple of years without repotting…
…then you’ll need to replenish the nutrients that the plant would otherwise be getting from fresh soil.
You can use a standard balanced fertilizer for houseplants…
…or a specialized fertilizer designed for succulents and cacti.
Dilute the amount of fertilizer recommended on the package to ¼ or ½ strength.
Be wary of overfeeding jade plants as they are not heavy feeders and do not require that much.
It is best to feed during the growing season which is in the spring, summer and fall seasons.
Fertilizing about once a month during the growing season is a good place to start.
During the active growing season, you can fertilize as often as every watering…
…with the fertilizer diluted to ¼ or ½ strength.
Decrease fertilizing as the end of growing season approaches around mid-fall.
Why you should never put aside these helpful Wit & Wisdom!
“To persuade a jade plant to flower, keep it root-bound in a small pot and hold back water. Cooler temperatures in the winter promote blooming, too. Jade plants may reach a height of 6 feet, but as houseplants, they often grow only 18 to 30 inches tall.”Missouri Botanical Garden.
Jade plants are succulent shrubs that grow to a treelike appearance with a trunk like stem and fleshy evergreen leaves.
Jade plants have a small and shallow root system, according to North Carolina State University Extension.
Jade plants may be labeled as baby jade, Chinese rubber plant, dwarf rubber plant, jade tree or Japanese rubber plant.
Adding to potential confusion crassula ovata is synonymous with Crassula argentea…
…and rubber plants are a different genus (Ficus spp., USDA plant hardiness zones 10 through 12).
“An obvious difference, however, is that the jade plant’s fleshy leaves may reach a length of 2 inches. But rubber plant flat leaves are large, leathery and as long as 8 to 12 inches.”Clemson Cooperative Extension.
Clemson Cooperative Extension further identifies cultivars of Crassula ovata…
…as ‘Bronze Beauty’ (copper jade tree), ‘Sunset’ (gold jade tree), ‘California Red Tip’…
…(red jade tree) and ‘Tricolor’ (tricolor jade). The slow-growing cultivar C. ovata convulta….
…’Hobbit’ (hobbit jade) grows to a maximum of 3 feet.
Crassula arborescens, unlike other Crassula types, has blue-gray leaves with red edges and may be labeled as silver jade plant or blue bird jade.
Crassula ovata flowers appear on mature plants in late winter or early spring.
These small, star-shaped white or pink flowers grow in clusters.
The flowers start as buds covered with pink sepals, which then open.
Two or three clusters of flowers will open when the plant blooms.
Maturity and sunlight, as with many other flowering succulent plants, are the keys to encouraging jade plant flowers.
Maturity means patience while the plant grows.
Sunlight, once the plant matures, becomes the controlling factor for jade plant flowers.
Well, is it true?
Jade plants like at least four hours but prefer six or more hours of full sunlight per day.
Indoors, they grow well with bright filtered light from a south-facing window and two to six hours of direct sunlight.
Jade plants grown indoors rarely bloom, however, due to lack of sunlight.
Jade plants grown outdoors with enough sunlight may bloom.
If your jade plant blooms, you’ve found its happy place.
Leave the plant in that spot and if conditions force you to move the plant into shelter for the winter…
…then return the plant to that same happy spot when conditions allow.
The Must-Know Care and Concerns to get you fasten your ‘to bloom’ Jade!
Here’s the deal…
Propagate jade plants by removing a leaf or stem and placing the broken end in soil.
Use well-drained loamy soil or cactus mix with some added organic material for jade plants.
Jade plants are susceptible to root rot if the soil stays too wet…
…so delay watering until the top 1 or 2 inches of soil dry, especially after repotting.
Fertilize every three to four months using a liquid household fertilizer…
…but wait four months to fertilize a repotted plant. Jade plants like daytime temperatures…
…of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and night temperatures of 50 to 55 degrees.
Jade plants don’t go dormant for winter but benefit from a winter rest.
Reduce watering from fall into late winter, protect the plant from drafts and don’t let leaves touch windows.
As for humidity, jade plants prefer the warmer, drier air found in most homes.
While jade plants don’t mind being root bound…
…they may reach heights up to 5 feet tall.
Their treelike structure means that larger plants may become top heavy and fall over.
When repotting, use a larger, heavier pot to counterbalance the plant.
Another concern with jade plants is toxicity.
While the toxicity risk to humans is low, owners of cats, dogs and horses should be aware of the risk to their pets.
Let’s sum it all up!
While getting your jade plant to bloom is not a priority, it is definitely a treat to see happy flowers blooming from it.
I have a big jade plant that blooms every year. There is no exact science on how to get them to bloom.
Generally, if you keep your plant healthy and happy by providing proper care and nutrients as mentioned above…
…the plant will naturally bloom when it’s ready.
To encourage blooms, the pants need to be kept in an environment that mimics their natural habitat.
This can be achieved by keeping them cool and dry in the winter months.
You need to decrease watering the plant to a minimum and only water when the soil is dry but not bone dry.
Keep the temperatures cool during the winter months, somewhere between 35-44⁰F (1.5-7⁰C).
I hope this post is able in answering: How to get Jade Plant to bloom?
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…that I’m sure they’ve all been underestimated by common people…
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