Thursday, March 29, 2007

Purchased A New Jade Plant

Jade Plant

Ah, I did something I didn't think I would have. I bought yet another plant from ebay. I posted about it here because I wasn't sure what it was. The seller says it is Gollum but I bought it because I didn't have a jade plant with that type of leaf.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Variegated Jade Plant vs Squirrel. Bets?

I knew it. I knew it! Something or someone is telling me that I'm never ever allowed to have a variegated jade plant!

Variegated Jade Plant

This time around, it was a squirrel. A jade plant was knocked over and my prickly pear also has a bite mark. However, one squirrel took their time to bend over my poor variegated jade and make a light snack out of it.

I have to get back into the habit of putting squirrel feed on the stumps out back in early morning to prevent them from coming up to the house.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Took Jades out of Greenhouse

I may end up having to bring them back into the greenhouse, I'm sure... The local newspaper warned gardeners not to start planting because locals have seen snowfall in April after a warmspell in March. I don't mind. Some direct sun would help them for once instead of the thick plastic of the greenhouse obscuring it.

I took quite a few pictures but unfortunately the bright sun and my digital camera did not agree with each other so I'll have to take new pictures at a different time. However, I did have a few that were okay.

A side-by-side comparison. The Hobbit Jade Plant on the left is already taller than my ten year old jade. I received the hobbit jade plant as a clipping back in 2005. It receives the same sunlight. There's a gollum jade plant further down the table which is also big as well.

Gollum Jade plant
Gollum Jade has tubular leaves.

Hobbit Jade Plant
Hobbit Jade has leaves that curl inwards.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Ms. Jade - A dwarf variety?

My oldest jade plant is Ms. Jade who I've had for just slightly over ten years now. I got her several days before Christmas of 1996.

It's funny because I remember walking around the garden center of Wal-Mart and I saw this tiny jade plant in a pot. It reminded me of when my teacher gave me a jade plant (which unfortunately died after shortly moving down south and was exposed to the sun and heat) so I decided to buy it. I don't know if the garden center was exposed to the winter or if winter was mild that year.

Then, over the next following years, I'd get frustrated because she got very leggy. I posted pictures online and I was told that if I wanted a big huge jade plant, I'd have to keep her pruned. I did that... but still, she won't grow any bigger.

About two or three years ago, I bought another jade plant from a local nursery because the leaves were tri-colored. I was told that it'll "turn green after you water it". I liked it too much that I decided to buy it. Later on, I posted it online and a few agreed that it was called Hummel's Sunset and that's why it was getting tri-colored.

What blew me away was that in a very short amount of time, the jade plant thickened up and was growing. So here I was, agonizing over my poor location with all the humidity just knocking down Ms. Jade when this other jade plant was doing extremely well. Even the cuttings I made from it did very well while cuttings I made from Ms. Jade were all not doing much.

Now I'm convinced that Ms. Jade is a dwarf variety. Some suggested that she was Crosby's Compact but she's never ever turned very red or yellow like the pictures I've seen online.

Whatever she is, I never expected to have a plant for a decade now.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Update 1: Two weeks later...

Here's the update after two weeks. The mixture was applied again.

There was some light rain after I watered the plants. I'll be relocating them to the greenhouse because there's some big storms on their way in.