As a garden owner, it can be very difficult sometimes to know when you need to water your jade plants. This is especially true for succulents, like jade plants, and quite a number of my gardening friends have had head-scratching experiences with watering jade plants. Beset by this same problem myself, I decided to exercise some due diligence and look into the matter in order to help my friends. The following is some of the useful information I found.
How often to water jade plant? Water is held in the leaves of jade plants. This keeps them hydrated and moisturized over long periods of time. Once every two to three weeks is good watering regimen for your jade plant. This rule stands and applies regardless of the material of the pot of your jade plant.
Does the amount of light jade plants are exposed to affect the degree to which you should water them? Does temperature have a role to play and if so is that role a net positive or negative? And do fertilizers play role in how you should water your jade plants? For information on these questions, have a look at the following.
What Amount Or Kind Of Soil Is Suited For Watering Your Jade Plants?
The above-stated jade plant watering regimen is a general rule. There are however a few mediating factors that will affect the manner in which you should water your jade plants. These mediating factors mostly revolve around the questions of what amount or kind of soil is suited for watering your jade plants?
You might wonder about how much soil or soil type is needed to water your jade plants with the requisite amount of water. If you add too much or too little water then you put your jade plant at risk of developing unhealthy symptoms.
A potting mixture (the soil) that allows for the best ease of draining of the roots of a jade plant is the best. The following are some of the factors that you need to look out for with regards to well-draining soil mixtures for:
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The best kind of soil that succulent plants like to take root in are usually sandy. Succulents, as mentioned before, have high water-absorption capabilities. These capabilities enable them to thrive in the harsh arid and semi arid climate conditions in which they thrive and are indigenous to.
To take a succulent-in this case a jade plant-out of these conditions and put them through a watering regimen that is not sensitive to these adaptive water-absorption capabilities risks damaging the jade plant.
It is with this in mind that well-draining soil mixtures are recommended in order to relieve the plant of any excess water in it’s roots and avoid the probable consequences of root rot.
The type of soil that most jade plant owners agree to and use as a base for a well-draining soil mixture is sand. Sand granules are fine, lightweight and soft enough that the adhesive forces between them that can possibly bind them together are loose enough to allow water to flow freely through them.
This is critical in enabling any excess water or moisture to be drained out of the soil mixture instead of being retained or impeded in their flow by the stronger adhesive forces that hold heavier soils securely together
Though sandy soils or soils equivalent in characteristics to sand are usually the recommended soil type to use as a base in soil mixtures of jade plants, heavy soils are not strictly exempted.
In fact, quite a significant number of people prefer to use heavier soils in their soil mixtures for jade plants.
Among such people, it has become the norm for them to experience some problems related to over-watering their jade plants. This is mostly on account of the fact that jade plants don’t take much to exhibit signs of over-watering when potted in heavy soil mixtures. This is due to the clumpy nature of heavier soils mixtures retaining excessive amounts of water within the soil.
This then has an effect on the roots of the jade plants particularly with regards to disturbing their ability to maintain an internal water retention balance/equilibrium that allows for dry yet adequately hydrated roots.
This disturbance can lead to root rot if the condition of the roots in the heavy soil is in a manner that doesn’t allow for the roots to relieve themselves of more water than they need.
If you’re the owner of a jade plant potted in heavy soil, you’ll need to pay stricter attention to your watering regimen. The two ideas to be followed in these circumstances revolve around restriction and flexibility.
You will need to constantly practice restrictions in how you water your jade plants if you use heavy soils. Flexibility will be needed in cases where you have either over-watered or under-watered your jade plant, which is frequent with regards to heavy soils.
In such cases, flexibility is recommended as an adaptive means of ensuring that the amount of water you use is commensurate to the needs of the over-watered or under-watered jade plant.
Mix of Sandy and Heavy Soils
It is generally taken as good sense to combine two things together that can become greater as the sum of two parts than if they were separate and alone. This is true of soil mixtures with sandy and heavy soils as well.
Those who use a combination of these soils get the benefit of a soil mixture with adequate well-draining capabilities but have enough binding forces between their soil granules to retain enough water to void the possibility of a dehydrated soil mixture.
The watering regimen to adopt if you use this kind of soil mixture should follow the once every two to three weeks watering recommendation. Excepting for winter-when watering your jade plant less is generally accepted as the norm- this watering regime should keep your jade plant in good health.
What Are The General Guidelines For Watering Your Jade Plants?
General guidelines for watering your jade plant are mostly centered around how the natural environment affects your jade plant. Some of these environmental elements and their effects on how often you should water your jade plant are discussed below as follows:
Jade plants are mostly at rest during winter. In such cases, their slower pace of developmental growth requires less water than is the norm in order to continue so water your jade plant as sparingly as possibly you can.
During summer and spring, when the jade plants grow at a developmental rate that is faster than the norm, they require in order to keep this rapid growth going at a steady pace. In this case, you should water your jade plant more regularly and with greater volumes of water than is the norm but still in keeping with the conservative watering recommendations for jade plants.
If you live in a humid environment, then your jade plants’ leaves become easily susceptible to rot if you water them directly through splashing water over them. So avoid watering your jade plants leaves in this way at all times if you live in a humid environment.
Highly acidic water is a bane to the health of your jade plants leaves. Tap water is a frequent contributor to the ill health of jade plants’ leaves as it contains highly acidic chemical supplements used to purify the water. If you can afford to, make sure to water your jade plants with distilled or filtered water to avoid this risk.
It’s a great thing to own a jade plant. They are just small enough to be unobtrusive, green enough to give your house an air ecological friendliness, and cheap enough to be affordable and accessible to most people. But how many of us truly understand what it takes to water and maintain a jade plant is usually up for question.
I hope that with what has been written in this article when someone comes up to you and asks you this same question, you’ll be able to answer them more easily and clearer than before. Got all the answers to:
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