Jade trees, also known as Crassula ovata or money trees, are popular succulent plants known for their thick, fleshy leaves and tree-like appearance. Propagating jade trees from leaves is a simple and rewarding way to expand your jade tree collection. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to grow a jade tree from just a leaf:
Step 1: Select a healthy leaf – Choose a healthy and mature leaf from the jade tree plant. Look for a leaf that is plump, firm, and free from any signs of damage or disease. It’s best to select a leaf from the bottom of the plant as these tend to be older and more mature.
Step 2: Allow the leaf to callous – Place the jade leaf in a warm and dry location, away from direct sunlight, and allow it to callous for a few days to a week. Callousing is the process of the wound on the leaf drying and forming a protective layer, which helps prevent rot when the leaf is planted.
Step 3: Prepare a well-draining potting mix – Jade trees prefer well-draining soil. Prepare a potting mix by combining cactus or succulent soil with perlite or pumice to promote drainage. Avoid using regular potting soil as it may retain too much moisture and cause the leaf to rot.
Step 5: Water sparingly – After planting the jade leaf, water it sparingly to avoid overwatering. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings to prevent root rot. Too much moisture can be detrimental to jade cuttings, so it’s important to exercise caution when watering.
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