Jade Plant – Money Plant
The Jade plant is considered very auspicious. The Jade plant is a good luck symbol for money. It is also known as “Money plant”, “Dollar plant” and “Friendship plant”.
These plants are perfect house warming gifts. In Asia they may be given as a wedding gift.
These plants can last a lifetime and grow to be very large with the proper care.
Most people just buy one for themselves because they fortunately know they deserve great things in life.
The botanical name is Crassula ovata. It is an evergreen succulent with round fleshy leaves. It is native to South Africa. As a houseplant it is common in most countries worldwide.
Where to Place the Jade Plant
It is especially lucky to keep a jade plant by the entrance. We want to welcome money into the home. You may be familiar with the old saying: “Jade by the door, poor no more!”
Get a good healthy jade plant and place it close to your main entrance. It looks great and may just increase your cash flow.
Many Chinese restaurants and places of business have a jade plant close by the door. It is supposed to attract happy customers who happily increase the business.
Another good place is in the southeast corner of your home. This will energize your money luck. Having a jade plant at your office or place of work is always favorable.
Just remember not to place cactus plants close by. The sharp needles of the cactus plants close by will send out toxic arrows. Plants with sharp needles are bad news for anyone trying to create a prosperous home environment.
The jade plant is also known as the friendship plant because it is so easy to share with your good friends. Cut off a few pieces from the plant and place them in a glass of water. They will root well.
Alternatively you can purchase a new plant for your friend.
What a nice way to express your appreciation to a friend by giving them a money plant. You are showing them you want them to share your good fortune and wishing them a prosperous future. Flowering plants are especially lucky for friendships.
How to care for your Jade plant
Too much water is a common mistake. Too much water will cause the root to rot. Watering this plant too often and is probably the number one reason the plant dies.
Do not just mechanically water your jade plant on the same day each week. You need to always check the soil. You should only water if the soil is dry.
If the leaves tend to turn yellow it is probably because you have given the plant too much water. Also always use a pot with drainage holes.
If leaves start falling off it could be because the plant has not received enough water, so don’t forget about it all together. If just a few leaves fall often you need not worry. That is normal.
Do not fertilize your jade plant during the fall and winter months. They do not require to be repotted often. These plants will be happy staying in the same pot for a few years at a time.
The plants like a cooler place during the winter months and kept dry.
Jade plants need it to be dark at night. Do not leave the light shining bright on your jade plant all through the night. This mostly applies to the winter months.
A happy jade plant will grow flowers during the winter months. The flowers are adorable!
Jade plants are easy to maintain. They can last for years and years. It is not unusual for someone to have the same plant for 40 – 50 years. These plants will get thick tree like branches. They become quite impressive!