Crassula ovata "Portulacea"
Origin: Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
This is the very attractive, compact small-leaved variety of the Jade plant. The plants bear leaves similar in size and appearance to Portulacaria (Spekboom), hence its name. This variety form attractive compact shrubs with rounded greenish leaves edged with red.
Plant size: Well established plants, about 8 to 10 cm high are offered.
Crassula is a large genus of easy-growing succulent plants, ranging from small compact plants to large tree-like shrubs. The species in South African is commonly referred to as "Plakkies" in Afrikaans. It is a widespread genus, found mainly in South Africa, but also northwards in Africa and in Madagascar. The variability in the genus presents an array of plant forms, sizes, leaf shapes, colours and textures. This spectrum of features makes them excellent plants for container gardening, the rockery or used in larger landscapes.
Crassula ovata is known as the Jade Plant, Lucky Plant or Pink Joy, and it is believed to bring good luck. Known in many shapes and colours, this species is very popular and is grown as container plants worldwide. They are extremely hardy plants and grown in smaller containers, they will form very attractive natural bonsai trees.
Caring for your Crassula ovata
Pot: Jade plants do very well in containers or in the garden. The smaller the container the more compact your plant will be, forming a natural bonsai.
Soil: The plants are very willing and can adapt to most spoils.
Light: The brighter the light the more colourful your plant will be. Although Jade plants grows well indoors, bright or direct sunlight brings out their best colours.
Water: Jade Plants are magical in that they can tolerate higher amounts of water but also the opposite, well established plants of Crassula ovata can withstand months of drought.