You can choose to grow the “Silver Dollar Jade” either as a houseplant or outdoors depending on your local climate. With this guide we will show you all the information that you will need to know about for your Crassula arborescens “Silver Jade”.
Silver Jade. Source
Crassula Arborescens (Silver Jade / Chinese Jade / Silver Dollar Jade has a unique mini tree-like aesthetic, with large blue to greyish oval-shaped leaves with maroon tips attached to woody stems. Its leaves can grow up to 7cm (3 inches) long. Lets not forget to mention that this succulent plant is another variety of Jade Plant. It’s quite easy to care for once you know how, and what they need. They can grow to five feet if given sufficient root space, or you can even bonsai them.
Your Silver Jade plant / Silver Dollar Jade can be grown outdoors, but most of the time they’re grown indoors. Outside, they can be grown as landscape plants in regions with a dry, mild climate all year-round. They’re susceptible to the cold, so if you live in a region where it gets to freezing temperatures, it’s best to grow them indoors. If it gets to 5°C / 41°F or lower where you live, grow them inside.
You can move your jade plant outside during the summer if you want to give it more light. Just keep in mind that they are sensitive to “plant sunburn” and can become damaged if given too much light too quick. You should gradually acclimatise them to sunlight exposure over the course of a few weeks.
You can tell your plant is getting too much light or if it has been scorched, if the leaves begin turning brown, like in the image below. The leaves can also begin to fall off. If overexposure to light continues, your jade plant will die.
Crassula Ovata / Jade Plant / Money Plant – Sunburned by the sun
So how often should you water your plant ? Jade plants don’t like to be overwatered. Always check your jade plant’s soil before watering it. Only water it when you notice the soil is completely dry. You can check the dryness of the soil by sticking your finger an inch into the soil. Is the soil damp? If so, don’t water it. Is it dry? Then it’s okay to water.
When in doubt, it’s always best to lean on the side of under watering your beloved plant. During the spring and summer, they require a bit more watering than in autumn and winter. In winter, you can usually get by with only watering your jade plant once a month. Just remember to always check the moisture of the soil before watering.
Another tell tell sign that your plant requires watering is that the leaves will wrinkle up and start to wither. Just like when your hands look prune like after sitting in a bath for ages.
Do not mist your plant, they don’t like being over watered and secondly they just don’t need misting and will be totally fine without it.
Due to fact that it’s a succulent you should use a well-draining soil which is porous as well. Normal soil tends to retain too much moisture.
You can buy succulent soil from most garden centres or just make your own by mixing normal potting soil, sand and perlite together.
This is the mixture I use to make my own succulent soil; it stops the soil from losing all the moisture whilst still allowing it to compact, keeping the roots in place.
A Silver Jade (Silver Dollar Jade) Plant doesn’t need fertilising that often, every 2 months during spring and summer is fine. This is the plants growing season. In the winter months you don’t need to fertilise it as the plant goes dormant during this period.
When fertilising you should be using a well-balanced liquid fertiliser diluted with water.
It’s no easy task getting your Crassula arborescens (Silver Jade/ Silver Dollar Jade) to flower while growing it indoors. The trick to getting it to flower is to make sure that the plant enters its resting period as it would outdoors over Winter. Place the plant in the coldest part of your home (but not freezing) where it will still get its minimum 4hrs light.
Try and make sure that you give it complete darkness at night, stop giving it fertiliser and make sure the soil dries out before watering.
The reason that these plants are so hard to flower when grown indoors is the fact that most homes are the same temperature all year round, this isn’t the plants natural conditions.
If you have been successful then your will be rewarded with White to Pink 5-petal flowers when it flowers.
Several plants from the Crassula genus, like the jade plant, are happy to grow in the same pot and soil for years on end. You don’t need to keep re-potting them throughout the year, which can make it much easier to take care of them (especially when they get bigger and heavier).
You should re pot younger jade plants every 2-3 years to allow it grow stronger and fuller. For older jade plants, make sure you re pot every 4-5 years. When replanting, make sure you do it at the beginning of spring, right before the growing season starts.
Once you re-pot or replant your jade plant, wait at least a week to water it and a few weeks before you fertilise it as the roots need time to settle in.
How to prune your plant, If you think that your plant requires pruning, you can prune it anytime of the year, however pruning is best done in Spring or Summer. If you have any dead or dying leaves, feel free to pick them off.
Are you wondering how to propagate a jade plant? It’s a wonderful way to grow more beautiful jade plants in your home without having to purchase another plant. There are a few steps to follow in order to make sure your cuttings turn into a healthy new jade plant.
When trying to figure out how to plant jade cuttings, the first thing you need to remember is that it’s best until you have a well-grown jade plant before attempting to propagate it.
Here’s how to propagate a jade plant from either a Leaf Cutting or Stem Cuttings:
If when propagating your jade plant, you notice the stem is rotting or slightly mushy from over watering, simply cut the stem off a few inches above the rotting and try to propagate it again.
You may notice your jade plant will propagate naturally. This can often happen in the summer, as more leaf’s break off naturally, growing roots in the soil of your jade plant pot.
The videos below are for the Crassula Ovata / Jade Plant. You Propagate a Crassula arborescens (Silver Jade/ Silver Dollar Jade) the exact same way
The Jade plant is one of the most popular plants to bonsai for beginners due to the fact that it’s easy to care for as mentioned above. This variety of Jade is no different.
Also considered by many as one of the few bonsai that’s actually a true indoor tree. It’s easily trained to many forms, good choices would be upright formal and clumps.
The Crassula arborescens (Silver Jade/ Silver Dollar Jade) bonsai is easy to work with when wiring and has been known to adjust to its new formed shape within a few weeks
If you are trying to encourage the growth of new branches at the bottom of its Stem (Trunk) then you should pinch out any new shoots.
Any forming or pruning on this bonsai should be done during its growth period in Spring and Summer, you should also let the plant rest after re-potting it.
When pruning be aware that usually 2 new stems (trunks) will grow from the pruned area.
Growing Crassula arborescens (Silver Jade/ Silver Dollar Jade) indoors is usually pest free however saying that, it’s still susceptible to common houseplant pests:
There are many different types available here are just a few of my favourites for you
This type is similar to “Hobbit” type and gets it name from the “Lord of the Rings” it has long finger like leaves which are tubular and tipped with a suction cup.
This type is similar to “Gollum” type and also gets it name from the “Lord of the Rings” has small tiny curled yellow-green leaves.
A unique looking Jade with you guessed it rippled leaves.
Q – Why is my jade plant dropping leaves?
A – There are several reasons your jade plant could be dropping leaves prematurely. Jade leaves can fall off if your plant is too wet, too dry, or if it’s not getting enough sunlight. Make sure you check your soil by placing your finger one inch below the surface before watering to ensure you are not over or under watering.
Q – Wondering how to make a jade plant bushy?
A – You can make your jade plant bushy by pruning the plant. Trim longer stems where you want your plant to thicken. Use sharp pruning shears to cut the jade stem. The jade plant will grow two branches off the place where you pruned it, allowing it to grow back thicker.
Q – My Jade Plant Has Collapsed and Feels mushy.
A – Sounds like Root Rot, caused by either over watering or poor draining soil. Try using a succulent soil mix and take a cutting from the plant that feels firm and start over.
Q – The leaves and stems on my plant look shrivelled like a prune.
A – This is a sign that your “Jade Plant” “Money Plant” needs watering.