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Feng shui lucky jade plant care and tips

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Why is a lucky jade plant considered lucky? One easy way to improve the feng shui of any home is by including lucky jade plants as part of your home decor. Living plants improve the qi of any room in which they are placed, and the lucky jade plant is considered an especially auspicious plant to include in both the home and work environments. Its round leaves resemble coins, which attracts wealth to the home or business in which it is placed.

Due to its tendency to grow and its ease of propagation, the lucky jade plant itself is considered to be a symbol of luck and abundance. Not only does a lucky jade plant make an excellent housewarming gift, but if you think your home could use some luck, it can be a great gift to yourself!

What is a lucky jade plant?

The scientific name of the plant we commonly call "lucky jade plant" is Crassula ovata. It is a succulent plant native to South Africa, but can be commonly seen outside homes and in shops in southeast Asia due to its auspicious qualities. In this application, it is commonly used for bonsai as the plant is easy to shape.

Caring for your lucky jade plants

Choosing a lucky jade plant

First, choose a lucky jade plant that is green and healthy. Bruising or insect damage are signs of an unhealthy plant, as are drooping yellow leaves.

Warning: Jade plants are especially prone to mealybugs, so check the undersides of the leaves.

Care of lucky jade plants

While commonly green, the leaves of the jade plant can acquire a reddish tinge to the edge of the leaves with sufficient exposure to bright light. It is considered a full sun plant, but it likes a cooler dry place during the winter when it is flowering.

Choosing a pot for your lucky jade plant

Select a pot with drainage holes for your jade plant, and use a top dressing of small stones or grit.

Lucky jade plants are grown in a non-soil potting mix intended for cactus and palms. They do not require fertilizer.

Jade plants should be watered only as-needed, as root rot from excessive water will kill the plant. Use a toothpick or small wooden dowel to check the dampness of the soil. A clean toothpick means it is dry all the way down, so that would be a good time for watering.

Help, why are the leaves and stem turning yellow?

If your lucky jade plant turns yellow, it is getting too much water. These plants need fairly dry conditions to thrive. Pour off the excess water as best as you can, or even repot the whole plant in a dry potting mix. If you opt for repotting, let it dry out for several days before even thinking about watering it again.

Propagating your lucky jade plant

This plant can be propagated by removing a leaf at the base and letting the cut edge callus over. Once that is done, place the leaf on the plant's soil so it can grow new roots. Roots will grow wherever the leaf's base is in contact with sufficient moisture.

Tip: If you are successful with propagating your jade plant, the extra plants can be potted up and spread around your home. They are also excellent gifts if you would like to share the wealth.

Lucky jade plant placement

Where to place your lucky jade plant? The jade plant is best placed near the front door (outside, climate permitting), to the right side of the entrance. This will attract positive qi to all who dwell within. Watch for new opportunities within a short time after placing your lucky jade plant.

Warning: Do take care not to place your jade plant near a cactus as the cactus spines will negate the positive qi.


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