20 Types of Jade Plants: A Meditation On Best and Attractive Types


BY Shaafay Zia
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Welcome to our blog on types of jade plants.

Sorting through the different types of jade plants can be CHALLENGING. These plants may look similar, but they are totally DIFFERENT VARIETIES. And as a result, they have very different growth needs. 

Just thinking about them may leave you with a headache. But DON’T let that discourage you! Like PAINKILLERS, we are here to help — no more jade plant headaches. 

Can you trust us? Well yes! We are EXPERT GARDENERS who know a thing or two about cacti & succulents. We have years of experience with these plants. And we’ve spent COUNTLESS hours researching them to bring you great information. 

By the end of the article, you’ll have so MANY jade plant options you’ll think you just joined Plant Tinder. So you won’t have to scratch your head WONDERING which one to choose because you know which one is RIGHT for you. 

You learn about jade plants, their growth needs, and the number of species out there. Oh, you’ll also get a list of 20 attractive types of jade plants.

types of jade plants

All about Jade Plants

All about Jade Plants

The Jade plant is a SUCCULENT SHRUB originating from South Africa and Mozambique. They are also known as crassula ovata or MONEY TREES. Not to be confused with Kendrick Lamar’s hit song. But if they start spitting out dollar bills, SIGN ME up!

The jade plant’s THICK green leaves and WOODY STEMS make them attractive. The name jade comes from its LIGHT GREEN leaves. And they often have a REDDISH tint on the tips of their stems. 

These add to the plant’s overall APPEARANCE, a unique look that’s better than staring at cat videos on YouTube all day… well, ALMOST.

They have a “rich” history of being used as a symbol of PROSPERITY in ancient Chinese culture. Forget about those STOCK MARKET investments. Just surround yourself with these green beauties and watch the money roll in…or NOT. [*Remembers I am a gardener*]

Suggested reading: 16 Different Types Of Aloe Plants For Landscaping And Healing Purposes

Grown Conditions of Jade Plants

The Jade plant needs the following GROWING CONDITIONS:

1. Soil

Jade plants, or Crassula ovata, need WELL-DRAINED soil with plenty of ORGANIC MATTER. Think of it as their version of a spa day with plenty of fancy treatments to keep them feeling pampered and happy. 

A good potting mix is recommended for best growth. And I like to line it with PERLITE or PUMICE to improve drainage. The jade plant will thrive in any FREE-DRAINING gritty compost.

2. Climate 

Jades are exceptionally ADAPTABLE. And they can TOLERATE fluctuations in temperature quite easily. Just make sure the temperatures remain MODERATE – between 18°C (64°F) to 24°C (75oF). 

Anything outside that range might make them SWEAT or SHIVER in their GREEN LEAVES. They also do well INDOORS and grow happily, adapting to warm, dry conditions

3. Water 

Grown Conditions of Jade Plants

The succulent plant needs LESS FREQUENT watering than other houseplants. But it still requires REGULAR irrigation during the GROWING SEASON. We want those roots to feel like they’re on VACATION in the Bahamas — ENOUGH water time, not too much

That’s from SPRING through MID-SUMMER. I like to do some reduced but occasional watering throughout its DORMANT period. That typically spans from late FALL until EARLY WINTERTIME. Make sure the soil is dry. We don’t want a soggy mess! 

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When grown outdoors, these crassula plants require FULL to PARTIAL shade. Think of them like your Instagram models striking a pose in partial shade. #sunkisssed. But they can tolerate moderate-to-low light conditions when grown INDOORS.

How Many Species of Jade Plants Are There?

Jade plants belong to the Crassula genus. And they can be divided into over 300 species, which is EQUAL to the number of Kardashians out there. So, you WON’T be out of options because it’s basically a succulent BUFFET. 

These plants are native to arid SOUTHERN AFRICAN deserts. And it is used as an ORNAMENTAL plant indoors such as a BONSAI TREE. Are you looking for variety or want to add some EXOTIC flair indoors? Crassula plants have got your back. 

20 Attractive Types of Jade Plants

Here are 20 attractive types of jade. Let’s take a look!

1. Blue Bird Money Plant

Blue Bird Money Plant

Blue Bird Money Plant is a VARIEGATED JADE plant variety. Its unique characteristics set it apart from other dwarf jade plant varieties. 

It features a stunning BLEND of aqua, green, and red hues that add vibrancy to your garden or indoor space. They are basically SUCCULENT CONFETTI minus the occasional jump scare. 

The plant’s waxy leaves AREN’T just PRETTY like some Instagram personalities. These babies help retain moisture efficiently when the soil is dry. 

That allows the plant to SHINE as it only needs MINIMAL MAINTENANCE. Yes, sirree! That’s attractive if you’re a busy gardener with limited time for high-maintenance divas. 

They like slightly acidic pH levels for optimal growth. Watch out; they might start a HIPPIE COLONY with that ACID. Hahaha. 

Botanical Name: Crassula arborescens blue bird variegata

Flowers: Star Shaped, White Flowers

Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part-Shade

Mature Size: 12 to 18 in. tall (30 to 45.7 cm) and 18 in. in spread (45.7 cm).

Water: Tolerates drought. Needs infrequent but deep watering when the soil is dry

2. Ripple Jade

Ripple Jade

The Ripple Jade is a BOTANICAL VARIETY of the jade plant. These ornamental plants feature unique-shaped succulent leaves and DWARF STATURE. 

It’s like having a small bonsai tree in your backyard…minus the PRETENTIOUSNESS. And the best part? It comes in multiple varieties. 

Don’t worry; you won’t be staring at their lovely blueish-green leaves all year. You can expect flowers in SPRING, adding an extra touch of ELEGANCE to this money plant variety. And we are talking enough glam to make even Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice jealous. 

I like to apply some fertilizer ONCE a year to ensure proper growth. And I grow my Ripple Jade in WELL-DRAINING soil with a SLIGHTLY ACIDIC pH. Too much acid will kill your plant; you are NOT trying to get rid of a body. 

Botanical Name: Crassula arborescens undulatifolia

Flowers: White Flowers

Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part-Shade

Mature Size: 3 to 4 ft tall (91 to 123 cm) and 3 ft in spread (91 cm).

Water: Moderately drought tolerant. Needs moderate but thorough watering when the soil is dry 

3. Hobbit Jade

Hobbit Jade

Hold on to your Gandalf hats because the HOBBIT Jade is here! Hobbit Jade, or Crassula ovata Hobbit, is a unique and attractive type of jade plant. Its TRUMPET-SHAPED succulent leaves come in many different varieties. These striking jade green leaves also have RED TIPS. 

It is often confused with another variety called Gollum Jade. That could be because they both sound like they are from The Lord of The Rings.

To differentiate between the two, look for TUBULAR LEAVES in Gollum Jade. Or it might whisper, “My precious” if you listen close enough. The crassula ovata hobbit has more twisted and curved shape foliage.

I cut back LEGGY STEMS or remove any DEAD or DECAYING parts. This encourages new growth and help keep your plant healthy over time. And who knows? It MIGHT just take you on an epic adventure through Middle-earth. 

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata hobbit

Flowers: Star Shaped, Small Pinkish White Flowers

Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part-Shade

Mature Size: 2 to 3 ft tall (70 to 91 cm) and 2 ft in spread (70 cm).

Water: Tolerates drought. Water every 2 to 4 weeks but only when the soil is dry

4. Silver Dollar Jade

Silver Dollar Jade

Silver Dollar Jade is an interesting type of jade plant. It’s a crassula plant with WOODY STEMS and FLESHY GREEN leaves. These leaves are ROUNDED like Uncle Scrooge’s coins (cha-ching). 

This fleshy yet leathery foliage also has a silvery-blue hue on REDDISH STEMS. And it has an almost METALLIC look when light strikes its edges, accented by tones of BURGUNDY. Now that’s practically plant bling.

Silver Dollar Jade requires GOOD DRAINAGE, so a soil type such as cactus potting mix works best. However, this lucky plant prefers a pH between 6–7 on the pH scale. 

Fertilize twice annually using a BALANCED FERTILIZER. Give it all this, and you’ll have a money tree worth its weight in silver. Hahaha. 

Botanical Name:  Crassula arborescens

Flowers: Pink Small Flowers

Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part-Shade

Mature Size: 4 to 5 ft tall (122 to 152 cm) and 4 ft in spread (122 cm).

Water: Tolerates drought. Water every 20 to 40 days, but only when the soil is dry

5. Lady Fingers Jade

Lady Fingers Jade

Lady Fingers is a type of jade plant with GLOSSY DARK GREEN leaves. The foliage develops vibrant and grows more upright than a G.I. saluting a superior.

An UNTRAINED EYE might easily confuse it with other jade plant varieties. Some say that it looks SIMILAR to Gollum and Hobbit Jade plants. But finger jade has NARROW, finger-like green leaves that remind you of ET.

You should plant it in MOIST but WELL-DRAINING soil. Poor drainage can cause root rot or other diseases due to STAGNANT water. 

Your plans are NOT part of the synchronized swimming team, after all. Additionally, this baby thrives in SLIGHTLY ACIDIC soil with a pH ranging from 6-6.5. Talk about having “selective tastes.”

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata ‘Skinny fingers’

Flowers: Small Terminal Panicles.

Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part-Shade

Mature Size: 12 to 16 in. tall (30 to 41 cm) and 20 in. in spread (51 cm).

Water: Tolerates drought. Water infrequently but when the top soil is dry

6. Campfire Jade

Campfire Jade

Campfire Jade is a very interesting jade plant variety that showcases unique characteristics. Its leaves are ELONGATED and FLATTENED. Plus, they are stacked closely together like they are playing a of game tetris. [*Thinks that Gen Zs may not relate*] 

Another notable feature of Campfire Jade is its STUNNING display of COLORS. These include red and orange and may fool you into thinking you are always in Autumn

To appreciate these colors fully, I grow them under DIRECT SUNLIGHT. Plus, it’s like giving them a constant vacation to The Maldives. DON’T fret if you are growing them INDOORS; you can place them in a SUNNY SPOT like most jade plants.

And hold on tight. These types of jade also love WELL-DRAINING soil with a SLIGHTLY ACIDIC pH. I also prune them to keep the plant’s shape tidy while encouraging NEW GROWTH. It’s like giving a haircut to a friend. 

Botanical Name: Crassula capitella ‘Campfire’

Flowers: White Flowers

Light Requirement: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Mature Size: 6 in. to 3 ft tall (15 to 90 cm) and 3 ft in spread (90 cm).

Water: Drought tolerant. Use the soak-and-dry method. Needs moderate but thorough watering when the soil is dry 

7. Propeller Plant

Propeller Plant

Propeller Plants are types of jade plants that has become POPULAR as a houseplant. The plant is like the Amelia Earhart of jade trees. 

It gets its name because it looks so much like an AIRPLANE that it’s even called the AIRPLANE Plant. It has jade green leaves that are shaped like PROPELLER-SHAPED. I can almost hear its leafy engines revving up!

I like to give this jade tree some BALANCED FERTILIZER twice a year. Even planes need fuel to soar through the sky smoothly. Pruning may also be required if they get TOO EXCITED from the fertilizer. 

This outdoor plant also prefers soil with a SLIGHTLY ACIDIC pH, normally around 6 – 7. Also, make sure that it DRAINS water faster than your bathtub. I like adding pebbles to the potting mix to improve drainage. 

Botanical Name: Crassula falcata

Flowers: White Fragrant Flowers

Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part-Shade

Mature Size: 9 in. to 12 ft tall (23 to 366 cm) and 4 in. in spread (10 cm).

Water: Tolerates drought. Needs frequent and deep watering when the soil is dry

8. Crassula Red Coral

Crassula Red Coral

Crassula Red Coral is a WOODY PLANT that stands out from other jade plants. Its foliage is so BRIGHT it could give Rudolph’s nose a run for its money! I like to put it in DIRECT SUNLIGHT to make the colors pop

It decides to bloom while other plants are taking their beauty sleep. That is during late FALL and early WINTER — talk about going against the grain! 

And it’s generally HARDY in agriculture plant hardiness zones 9b – 11a. That makes it perfect for hanging baskets and garden beds! 

I plant it in WELL-DRAINING sand or loam soil because they do not like POOL PARTIES. So hang on to your swimming costume. 

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata ‘Red Coral’

Flowers: White to Pink Blooms

Light Requirement: Full Sun to Partial-Shade

Mature Size: 2 to 3 ft tall (61 to 91 cm) and 2 ft in spread (61 cm).

Water: Tolerates drought. Needs infrequent but deep watering when the soil is dry

9. Mini Jade

Mini Jade

Mini Jade is not like any classic Crassula ovata. No, no, no! This baby is a MINIATURE jade tree with TIGHTLY packed lime-green leaves. As a result, their foliage looks BUSHIER than a 70s mustache! [*Pictures Freddie Mercury’s mustache for no reason*]

This dwarf jade is LOW MAINTENANCE, making it desirable for NOVICE gardeners. Even EXPERT gardeners love easy-to-care plants

All you need to do is place this jade tree in a WELL-LIT spot, WATER it, and boom; you get a bonsai tree. You’ll get to watch loads of Netflix and impress your friends at the same time. 

This jade plant is MORE OPINIONATED on soil preferences than a tipsy intellectual at a party. So, you should give it LOAM or SANDY soil. If you are short on those, go for CLAY-based soils because they also work. Just ensure the drainage is good or you’ll WATERBOARD your dwarf jade. 

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata ‘Minima’

Flowers: Star Shaped, White Flowers

Light Requirement: Pink, Star Shaped Flowers

Mature Size: 20 to 30 in. tall (51 to 76 cm) and 20 in. in spread (51 cm).

Water: Tolerates drought. Water every 2-3 weeks but only when the soil is dry

10. Botany Bay Jade

Botany Bay Jade

Botany Bay Jade is a tree with leaves GREENER than Kermit’s skin. Its coin-shaped light green leaves also have beautiful RED TIPS. 

And it only gets better. This color combination stands out even more so in the EARLY WINTER. The foliage develops a subtly RED HUE during dry conditions. Talk about being the life of the garden party!

And here comes the best part: This bad boy takes “SLOW-GROWING” to a whole new level. Pruning? Who needs it when you’ve got all day to kick back and relax while this tree does its thing?

Just plant it, and sprinkle some FERTILIZER for GOOD MEASURE. Even plants need their vitamins, then sit back with your drink of choice and ENJOY nature at its finest. Or you could start COUNTING seconds. 

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata ‘Botany Bay’

Flowers: Pink Buds, White or Pink Flowers

Light Requirement: Full Sun to Partial-Shade

Mature Size: 2 to 3 ft tall (61 to 91 cm) and 2 ft in spread (61 cm).

Water: Tolerates drought. Needs infrequent but deep watering when the soil is dry

11. Gollum Jade

Gollum Jade

Gollum Jade is a jade plant with a SMALL STATURE and few branches. The plant has TUBULAR LEAVES that give Shrek’s ears a run for their money. And these light green beauties have RED TIPS, giving this Gollum its unique look. 

It prefers WELL-DRAINED soil. And the soil should be fertilized at least once every year during SUMMER for optimal growth. Think of it like a long overdue MEAL for your plant to keep it healthy.

This Gollum does NOT like lurking in the SHADOWS like in the movies. It requires more sunlight to thrive than Surfers. So, I place it under DIRECT SUN or use some GROW LIGHTS. However, it needs protection from very hot temperatures when grown outdoors. 

I like to prune to help MAINTAIN its SIZE and encourage FULLER growth of NEW shoots. You don’t want an OVERGROWN mess, after all.

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’

Flowers: Star Shaped, Small White or Pink Flowers

Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part-Shade

Mature Size: 2 to 3 ft tall (61 to 91 cm) and 2 ft in spread (61 cm).

Water: Tolerates drought. Water regularly but only when the soil is dry

12. Pink Beauty Jade

Pink Beauty Jade

Pink Beauty Jade, crassula ovata pink beauty, is a jade plant with standout features. It has THICK STEMS that would start a beef in the gym with BODYBUILDERS. 

These bad boys are also GLOSSY and EGG-SHAPED, with a narrow point near the base and RED-lined edges. That sounds a little like a description of Humpty Dumpty’s mugshot.

Place it in DIRECT sunlight or BRIGHT but INDIRECT light to keep it looking fabulous AF (that’s “as foliage“). Consider pruning occasionally to keep Pink Beauty Jade looking its BEST. 

Prune LIGHTLY along branches to help maintain shape. But AVOID damaging the foliage. We don’t want PLANT MURDERS on your hands.

This stunning species will do well in MOST SOIL TYPES as long as there’s GOOD DRAINAGE. Give it soil pH levels between 6-7 for lushness! Think of it as getting your girl the makeup kit they LIKE.

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata pink beauty

Flowers: Star Shaped, Pink Flowers

Light Requirement: Full Sun but tolerates Part-Shade

Mature Size: 3 to 5 ft tall (91 to 152 cm) and 4 ft in spread (122 cm).

Water: Tolerates drought. Water regularly when the soil is dry

13. Calico Kitten

Calico Kitten

Calico Kitten is a rockstar VARIEGATED trailing jade plant. We’re talking GREY-GREEN heart-shaped leaves. 

The leaves have soft pink and cream edges along the RIM with lemon-yellow hues. Any more color on their TRAILING VINES, and Tekashi 6ix9ine might put them on his HEAD.

Now, let’s talk plant pampering. I like to fertilize my Kittens regularly in SPRING or SUMMER to keep them looking their best. [*Please don’t give your felines fertilizer*]

When selecting the soil, I opt for a pH as NEUTRAL as Switzerland during World War II. Also, ensure your trailing jade has GOOD drainage to prevent ROOT ROT.

Botanical Name: Crassula Marginalis Rubra

Flowers: Small White Flowers

Light Requirement: Full to Partial Sun

Mature Size: 5 to 6 in. tall (13 to 15 cm) and 12 in. in spread (30 cm).

Water: Tolerates drought. Little watering when the soil is dry

14. Woolly Crassula

Woolly Crassula

Woolly Crassula is a jade plant that forms ROSETTES that turn heads and get people talking. Seriously, I got them as a CONVERSATION STARTER to see who has a dirty mind in my circle. That alone makes it worth it. 

This Crassula ovata has GRAYISH to BRIGHT GREEN leaves. The leaves are so FUZZY and VELVETY that you’ll think that they escaped from a rapper’s closet. Talk about bringing VIBES to your hanging baskets or garden bed!

Caring for these babies is just as EASY as finding an excuse to AVOID your morning run. They can even withstand short-lasting LIGHT FROST if temperatures become too low! That makes them great additions to INDOOR and OUTDOOR spaces. 

Botanical Name: Crassula Tomentosa 

Flowers: White or Yellowish Flowers

Light Requirement: Full Sun  

Mature Size: 4 in. to 2 ft tall (10 to 61 cm) and 1 in. in spread (2.5 cm).

Water: Tolerates drought. Needs infrequent but deep watering when the soil is dry.

15. Moonglow Jade

Moonglow Jade

Moonglow Jade is a popular member of the Crassula genus with more SWAG than Jay Z at that trending 4th of July party. [*wonders how the host gets everyone famous at those parties*] 

Picture this: dark grayish-green leaves covered in tiny WHITE HAIRS. It’s not hard to imagine they just came back from a SNOWBALL fight or a hard night of PARTYING on the edge. These leaves also have an almost frozen glow that you CAN’T miss.

This species produces blooms during SUMMERTIME. However, extreme temperatures make their flowering last SHORTER than some people’s relationships. 

Moonglow Jade ADAPTS WELL when planted indoors. That makes them ideal if you’re looking for something stunning for your house.

Botanical Name: Crassula Moonglow

Flowers: White, Red, or Pink Flowers

Light Requirement: Full Sun to Partial-Shade

Mature Size: 8 to 12 in. tall (20 to 30 cm) and 8 in. in spread (20  cm).

Water: Tolerates drought. Water deeply when the soil is dry

16. Weeping Jade

Weeping Jade

Weeping Jade is the Mick Jagger of jade plants. It brings all the ENERGY to your garden with dark green leaves that bloom from late FALL to WINTER. 

In the coldest months, this VARIEGATED TRAILING JADE leaves turn to a mild purple hue. It’s like they are going through their Purple Rain era! 

Let’s talk care. This trailing jade needs plenty of sunlight and well-drained soils. Don’t go full-on Edward Scissorhands when pruning. Do it GENTLY and LIGHTLY to manage old or dead branches. 

Fertilizing once per month during SPRING helps keep the Growth Strong. DON’T apply too much fertilizer as it can burn its roots and KILL your plants. Think of it like eating your favorite stake, overdo it, and you’ll be CAMPING at your DOCTOR’S office soon. 

Botanical Name: Kleinia petraea or Senecio jacobsenii

Flowers: Red, Yellow, or Bright orange flowers

Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part-Shade

Mature Size: 3 to 6 ft tall (91 to 183 cm) and 3 ft in spread (91 cm).

Water: Tolerates drought. Needs infrequent but deep watering when the soil is dry

17. Tiger Jade

Tiger Jade

Tiger Jade is a trailing jade plant with GORGEOUS leaves and structure. And it has an irresistibly powdery touch. But don’t worry. If the DEA knocks on your door, you can wash it off during watering.

Now imagine this: when grown in DENSE containers, Tiger jades form a pagoda-like shape. That makes it look more like an ORNAMENTAL SCULPTURE than an actual plant! [*remembers being pretentious with my friends*]

Are you that meticulous gardener with a bit of OCD? If yes, the Tiger Jade is your plant because they grow short but wide.

I give my Tiger Jade WELL-DRAINING soils pimped out with lots of ORGANIC matter plus soil pH levels between 6 – 8. These plants have STANDARDS, too, unlike some people on Tinder.

Botanical Name: Crassula Picturata

Flowers: White or Pink Flowers

Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part-Shade

Mature Size: 1 to 5 in. tall (2.5 to 12.7 cm) and 3 in. in spread (7.6 cm).

Water: Tolerates drought. Needs deep watering when the soil is dry

18. Harbour Lights Jade

Harbour Lights Jade

Crassula ovata harbour lights is a jade plant with SMALLER leaves than the standard Crassula ovata. It’s like a mini-me version of its popular cousin.

Harbour Lights Jade has beautiful trailing stems with GREENISH-RED succulent leaves. This foliage pops during WINTER into a highly intense RED color. It’s like they are OVERCOMPENSATING for having something SMALL. That makes them perfect for houseplants or outdoors in rockeries and other spots. 

Fertilizing Harbour Lights Jade should be done LIGHTLY with a balanced fertilizer. Do this once every year around SPRING or FALL. Otherwise, you risk STARVING your plants; we all know that’s a crime. 

Pruning isn’t necessary, but it can help if your jade grows as big as a tiny GODZILLA in your gardening bed. 

This particular variety does well indoors and out. Just plant it in soil with MEDIUM MOISTURE, and that drains water QUICKER than my ex used to DRAIN the life out of me. Regular potting mix works just fine! 

Botanical Name:  Crassula ovata harbour lights

Flowers: Pinkish White Blooms

Light Requirement: Full Sun  

Mature Size: 1 to 2 ft tall (30 to 61 cm) and 3 ft in spread (91 cm).

Water: Tolerates drought. Water sparingly when the soil is dry 

19. Bear Paw Jade

Bear Paw Jade

Bear Paw Jade is a LOW-GROWING shrub used as GROUNDCOVER. I love it for its attractive reddish leaves, shaped like BEAR PAWS. That is where it gets its name from! 

This plant has earned its rightful place as an ALL-STAR jade plant. I mean it is CUTE and EASY TO CARE for. It mostly only needs WELL-AERATED soil and some water, and it is good to go. Who needs teddy bears when you can grow Bear Paw Jade?

I also fertilize it SPARINGLY with a BALANCED liquid fertilizer every three months. Prune lightly at any time of the year to keep your Bear Paw Jade looking healthy and full of life. But if it dies, you can always tell people you killed a BEAR. Hahaha.

Botanical Name: Crassula Pubescens

Flowers: Yellow Flowers

Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part-Shade

Mature Size: 6 to 9 in. tall (15 to 23 cm) and 3 in. in spread (8 cm).

Water: Tolerates drought. Moderate but deep watering when the soil is dry

20. Porkbush

Porkbush

Porkbush, also known as Portulacaria Afra, is an EVERGREEN succulent. Catchy name, right? It features glossy green leaves in the shape of small jade TEARDROPS. 

This foliage grows from branches that SPREAD all over but NEATLY. They got their act together better than my sock drawer. 

In their NATURAL habitat, ELEPHANTS chow down on these leafy delights. That’s why they’re also known as Elephant Bush!

Porkbush is the opposite of that one friend who eats a lot but always manages to remain the SAME weight. It has FEWER fertilizer needs than other jade plants but still manages to get LEGGY.

Water it during DRY periods to help keep its vigor alive, and it will survive in most homes. It’s VERSATILE enough to give Mariah Carey’s vocal range a run for its money. 

Botanical Name: Portulacaria Afra 

Flowers: White, Pink, or Purple Flowers

Light Requirement: Full Sun to Part-Shade

Mature Size: 8 to 15 ft tall (2.5 to 4.5 m) and 6 ft in spread (1.8 m).

Water: Tolerates drought. Water occasionally when the soil is dry

FAQs about Types Of Jade Plants

1. Will a jade plant stem root in water?

A jade plant can absolutely thrive with stem cuttings in water! It’s a very easy and rewarding experience – even beginners to gardening will have success. Place cutting in a jar or vase with clear water, and be sure to change the water every few days. 
When roots start to appear within a few weeks, you can transplant it into the soil for even better growth.

2. When should you move a jade plant to a larger pot?

When your jade plant’s roots start peeking out of the pot, it’s time to move it into a larger one! Remove the plant and loosen any tangled up roots. For extra safety, use gloves when repotting. 
Gently place in fresh soil and press around lightly for stability. Water well and enjoy your beautiful new addition!

3. Can fertilizer be used for jade plants?

Yes. You can grow your jade plant healthy with fertilizer. Fertilize it during the growing season. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer with a 20-20-20 ratio. Dilute it to half-strength so you don’t apply too much as plants need very small amounts of the minerals. 
Don’t fertilize when cold outside, as that can harm the plant. Be cautious not to over-fertilize because this can burn and discolor its leaves.

4. What is making my jade plant droopy?

Various factors, including lack of water, pests, and infrequent sunlight, make your jade plant droopy. 
Ensure the soil moisture level is plenty, and look for any signs of pests or discoloration on its leaves. Ensure that it’s not in drafty areas and temperatures are above 50°F.
Also, make sure you’re not overwatering – jade plants need enough water but don’t like soggy soil! Place it in bright, indirect sunlight too – then watch your beautiful plant bloom!

5. Why is my Jade plant shedding yellow leaves?

Yellow leaves can be due to these reasons: too much water, not enough water, low light, and diseases. When plants get overwatered, their roots rot. This stops them from absorbing enough water. 
Underwatering also dries up jade plant stems while the leaves turn brown and crispy. These babies need light to produce food. If there’s not enough light, the foliage becomes pale yellow and sheds. 
Diseases or pests like Aphids can also cause wilting or yellowing of leaves. So it’s important to check for bugs or fungi growth on your plant.

What’s Next

Alright, we had a chat all about Jade Plants. We discussed how to grow them and the different species available. 

Oh, and we explored 20 attractive types too! It was such a joy exploring these green beauties together. So get ready to put on your gardening hats and bring some succulent goodness into your life! 

Do you want to explore more about succulents like Jade Plants? Head over to AsterGardening and see what treats await you. Do you need help growing your plants or identifying the perfect species for your garden? We’ve got you covered. 

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Hi, I'm a fellow green thumb who moonlight's as a writer. Gardening is something that brings me peace and I have been in the sport for many years now. With all of our expertise, we will always bring you the best content which will make you love your garden, even more.