The Jade plant, (varities of crassula ovata) kept the taste of the provisions. Their fleshy leaves, their trunk and thick branches are only a permanent reserve of water. So it is in your interest to forget it from time to time. Especially during the winter, watering every 3 weeks is a great maximum!
For their wintering, temperatures between 41 and 52 °F are suitable if you don’t want to keep them in an apartment.
Protecting the jade plant against frost
During the period roughly from October to March, attention will be paid to the following points:
- During the winter period, the jade plant prefers a quiet, cool and dry atmosphere.
- The ideal temperature is between 41 and 52°F maximum.
- Both parsimonious watering and low temperatures are important during the winter months, as this is what allows the activation of the flowering process.
- Too much watering during the winter months could cause rot, which would fatally lead to the tree dying.
- It is also important not to give fertilizer to the jade tree during its resting period. At the end of the winter period, i.e. around mid-March, the watering of the jade plant should be increased. You can also slowly start to provide the plant with fertilizer again. The resumption of fertilization should coincide with the appearance of the first buds.
Watering the Jade Tree in Winter
The jade tree can become dense, so its root system must be well-developed to support the weight of the leaves and branches.
By limiting watering you force the roots to seek moisture and thus to develop.
- In winter, a light watering once a month is more than enough.
In all cases, it is important to wait until the soil is very dry before watering, but it is also important to give a good watering rather than a multitude of small waterings.
The leaves of succulent plants are loaded with water. If they sag, they need to be watered.
Diseases, pests of Jade plant in winter
The end of winter is sometimes the time chosen for a cryptogamic attack: leaves dry and become covered with a silvery powder, then fall. A small spray of a fungicide (copper-based products are effective) is enough to solve the problem. This is not a bad thing, except in exceptional cases.
Multiply the Jade plant in winter
The technique involves the planting of a rejection or a cutting of the head of a jade tree. At the end of the winter, one can take a head cutting from the jade tree and carefully place it in a container filled with water (a small pot or vase for example). This technique allows a quick rooting and is easily done by a beginner. The roots are then left to develop for 14 days before being planted in the ground.
If the majority have a tubular or star-shaped bloom as of autumn and during winter, some, rarer, offer flowers in spring. Also, by collecting the species, you can obtain flowers almost all year round.
The vast majority of jade plants are frosty, which precisely means that they tolerate very poorly the combination of humidity + excessive drop in temperature. The genus Crassula is very broad, the resistance to cold can vary according to the varieties.