If you don’t have a green thumb and you want plants in your house I can strongly recommend you to try cacti and succulents, most of them are so easy to look after, you can use them inside your home or ouside in the garden or on your balcony.
One of the easiest plants is the jade plant, latin name : crassula portulacea
THIS IS A BIG ONE IN A POT OUTSIDE
THIS IS A PIECE OF STEM THAT FELL OFF ONE OF MY JADE PLANTS, IT LAY UNNOTICED UNDER A PLANTROLLER AND LOOK, IT GOT ROOTS, JUST LIKE THAT !NO WATER, NO SOIL FOR WEEKS AND WEEKS AND STILL IT GOT ROOTS !!!
YOU CAN CUT THE STEM A BIT SHORTER AND STICK IT IN SOME SOIL AND VOILA, A NEW PLANT, YOU EVEN CAN MAKE NEW PLANTS WITH JUST ONE LEAF, TAKE OFF A LEAF, PUT IT IN SOME GRID, GIVE IT ONLY A FEW DROPS OF WATER PER WEEK AND IN NO TIME YOU’LL SEE SMALL LEAVES APPEARING, SO YOU CAN PUT YOUR WHOLE HOUSE AND GARDEN FULL OF JADE PLANTS IF YOU WANT
THIS IS WHAT I USE TO WATER MY SMALL CACTI AND SUCCULENTS, IT’S AN ORDINARY SYRINGE, THIS WAY YOU DON’T OVERWATER THEM
You can ask a friend or a relative or a neigbour for some cuttings, I’m sure they’ll give it to you with pleasure !
Cacti are equally easy to care for, they even need less water but beware !! before you know it you’ll be hooked and want more and more and more…..
How to care for your jade plant:
Prefers half shade whether it is inside or outside
It is not frost resistant, so if you live in a country with cold Winters, take it in before the frosts, preferably by the end of September, for those who are fortunate enough to live in a frostfree country you can have your jade plants in-and outdoors whole year round. If you put your jade plant inside during Winter then put it in full shade in Spring (beginning of June)for about 2 weeks before you put it in half shade otherwise the leaves will get burned
Doesn’t need much fertilizer, if you give it new soil every Spring you don’t need to fertilize at all, even it you don’t fertilize it will still grow
Give it water once the soil is dry (when you lift the pot you can feel if the soil is dry cos the pot weighs less then when the soil is wet) but the jade plant can go without water for a long time, weeks, a few month’s even and it will be still alive, so you can go on holiday without worry, you give them a bit of water before you leave and you can go away for weeks, even if you forget to water them before you leave they still will be ok when you return !
Soil : normal pottingsoil mixed with a bit of grid or sand, it will grow and thrive in normal soil too, no worries
Put some pebbles or bits of broken clay pots in the bottom and make sure it will not get wet feet.
To all of those who are afraid to kill a plant, go out and buy a jade plant or ask for a few cuttings, people will give it to you with great pleasure, also cuttings and pups from other succulents and cacti will be given to you with pleasure if you ask for it !So start experimenting with succulents !
Have a great day all and enjoy your garden and indoor plants ! Thanks for stopping by !
ps : I would love to hear from you whether you succeed or fail and you can always ask me for advice, it will be given with great plessure