How to harvest Jade Plant
Collect the seeds once the flowers have dried up.
How to propagate Jade Plant
The fine seeds are distributed by the wind. Mix the fine seeds with well draining soil, spread out in a thin layer, moisten the soil, create humidity with a plastic cover until germination.
The genus Crassula can be easily propagated from leaves. Simply remove cleanly from the mother plant, leave callus for a few days until the wound has closed and place on soil or in water and wait for roots to develop. Roots usually grow first to seek out water, followed by new leaves. This may take anywhere from a week to a few months and there is no need to water propagating succulents as they will glean all the nutrition and moisture they require from their mother leaf, which will shrivel up over time. The original leaf may be gently removed once it has dried up and become crispy in texture, only remove if it comes away easily otherwise you risk damaging the baby plant.
Special features of Jade Plant
Attracts useful insects
The abundant flowers will attract bees, beetles, butterflies, wasps and flies.
This plant is like a succulent able to store water in its leaves, branches and stems and therefore does not require much water. Let the soil dry out between waterings to prevent root rot.
The jade plant grows very well in a pot given that it has enough light and is not exposed to frost and has good drainage.
Usually grown indoors in good light, therefore close to a window.
Other uses of Jade Plant
Crassula ovata is a wonderful sculptural plant for pots, tubs, rockeries, retaining walls and gravel gardens and is the ideal plant for a water-wise garden. It can also be grown in pots indoors.
The Khoi and other Africa tribes uses the jade plant medicinally by boiling the leaves in milk for the treatment of diarrhea.
The Khoi used to eat the roots by grating it as preparation before cooking and served it with thick milk.