Jade - Crassula ovata
Crassula ovata, or commonly known Jade plant, is a succulent plant with small pink or white flowers that is native to the KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa, and Mozambique. The Jade Plant is a beautiful and highly symbolic succulent. It is commonly know as the properity plant and the friendship plant.
Jade is widely known to have symbolic and beneficial elements, here are a few!
In Feng Shui, the Jade Plant is symbol of good luck, it gives off healthy and beneficial “chi” or positive energy.
From a symbolic perspective, a flowering Jade represents great friendship, luck and prosperity. More specifically, the leaves of the Jade represent the energy and joy of friendship, while the flowers represent the fragrance of friendship.
Its location in space can have different meanings;
A plant placed by the door of a home, an office or a restaurant invites prosperity and good fortune. Placed in East locations of a home brings family harmony and health. In South East locations brings wealth luck. In West locations, Jade Plants bring creativity and children luck. Northwest locations are for the luck of teachers and mentors.
If you believe in Feng Shui, you should never place a Jade Plant in the Bedroom or the Bathroom. It is believed that the flushing water has the power to flush the positive energy from the plant away.
From a beneficial perspective:
- It is believed that Jade Plants have medicinal and non-medicinal benefits, (and some are common to other house plants).
-It improves air quality by helping remove VOCs; toluene and acetone specifically. Night air cleaning is a great reason to keep a Jade Plant on the bed side table, (only if you don’t believe in Feng Shui!).
- It is a symbol of good luck and consistency as an evergreen plant.
- It is extremely low maintenance, (refer to the care section of this article for more info on this).
The Chinese culture and some African tribes and communities use Jade Plants extracts to treat wounds, stomach upset, warts and diabetes with tea made from the leaves.
It enhance the look of any space with its beauty.
- Light: Full sun
- Soil & Water: Well drained soil. Never let a jade plant dry out completely. But also, do not water a jade plant too often, as this can cause root rot. Don’t water your jade plant on a schedule. Rather, water your jade plant when the top of soil is just dry to the touch.
- Humidity: Low to average
- Pet Friendly: No