The more we learn about plants, the clearer it becomes just how amazingly vast the Plant kingdom is. For every plant you know the name of, there are numerous subspecies, varieties, sub-varieties, forms, and subforms- it's fascinating and even a little dizzying at times. Today's Plant-o-Pedia subject- the 'Coral' or 'Gollum' Jade plant is one of many kinds of jade, thought to be a hybrid of a jade that's a cross of two other jades- see- it's complicated. What isn't complicated is the unique beauty of the Coral Jade. With little tubular leaves that can turn red at the edges, this plant can be grown bonsai style, like Alea's (above, from The New Bohemians), or can take on a massive tree-like form, especially when planted outdoors.
GET THE GREEN: Jade plant (Crassula ovata 'Coral' or 'Gollum')
WATER: Allow to dry between waterings, keeping the soil moderately dry. During the winter months, water less, without allowing it to get overly dry.
SUNLIGHT: Bright direct or indirect light.
PLACEMENT: This is a dramatic tabletop specimen, that will enjoy a southern window where it will receive at least four hours of direct sunlight.
EXTRA CREDIT: May flower in early spring. Move away from windows at night during the winter to avoid injury from the cold- should be kept above 50˚F (10˚C).
WORD OF CAUTION: According to the ASPCA, jade plants are toxic to cats and dogs.
Ready to add a 'Coral' Jade to your Jungalow? Find some here.
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