The Jade plant, or Crassula ovata, is a popular houseplant known for its glossy, succulent leaves. They’re grown by many as purely ornamental plants, but others consider them as luck-magnet feng shui items.
There are different considerations to be mindful of when choosing a place for your Jade plant. You should find a balance between putting them in a spot considered lucky and an ideal location conducive to their growth.
From practical to feng shui purposes, we’ll explore the different factors when deciding where to place your Jade plant in your home.
Jade plants can grow perfectly indoors due to their adaptability to various environments.
Their leaves are suitable for water storage because of their xeromorphic adaptations. This attribute makes them low-maintenance and forgiving.
Additionally, their manageability and hardiness allowed them to spread throughout the globe from their native habitat in South Africa.
Aside from their survivability and beauty as ornamental plants, people also grow them indoors as lucky charms. In feng shui, they’re called the lucky plant or money plant.
With proper care, they can even live longer than 70 years! As such, people give them as generational gifts.
However, some conditions should be met if you want them to thrive for decades indoors. These are the following:
Since Jade plants grow in arid to semi-arid environments (Zone 10), they’re adapted to desert-like soil. A gritty mix that drains freely is ideal for them.
Mixing potting soil with one part peat moss and one part sand should serve well for your purpose. Alternatively, you can buy a commercially available cactus mix with a pH of around 6 to 6.5.
To keep your Jade plants looking their best, keeping them in a room at 65 to 75℉ (18 to 24℃) is essential.
Although they can withstand a bit lower than the optimal temperature, you shouldn’t maintain your Jade plants in a room where the temperature drops below 55℉ (13℃) for extended periods.
That’s because cold air drafts can stress them, which causes defoliation.
In addition to that, they’re rather susceptible to damage during winter. The water in their succulent leaves can freeze, thereby damaging their tissues.
To combat this, keep them away from open windows and place them in a well-insulated area.
Placing your Jade plant in an area where they receive sufficient sunlight is also integral to prolong their lives.
In the African countries where they’re native, the peak sunlight lasts 4 to 6 hours. Ideally, they should get at least the lower limit of 4 hours.
They like basking in direct sunlight most, but partial shade will do when you don’t plan to grow them bushier.
To know whether your Jade plant is receiving enough sunlight, observe when its growth is being stunted, or it’s growing leggy.
Moreover, you’ll spot a reddish-brown lining on the edge of the leaves if the plant is receiving enough sunlight.
Jade plants hate high humidity. In fact, high humidity and too much water can quickly kill them like other desert plants.
However, you’re in luck since you plan to keep them indoors. That’s because the perfect humidity for them is around 30 to 50 percent. This percentage coincides with the ideal humidity of a house.
Considering the above factors, the best place to put your Jade plants is in your living room beside an east-facing window.
Your Jade plant can enjoy the perfect amount of sunlight beside a window. Furthermore, since the average room temperature falls around 68 to 74℉ (20 to 23℃), Jade plants would survive the winter season.
Aside from those, the relative humidity of a living room is conducive for your Jade plant. That’s because there are no water sources, like faucets or fridges, that can cause excess vapor.
In addition, a Jade plant would provide exceptional aesthetics to your living room. Lastly, the visitors that you receive will benefit from seeing your Jade plant if they believe in feng shui.
That’s because in Asian culture, Jade plants promote luck and prosperity among friends.
Your bedroom is also a great choice to put a Jade plant in. Like the living room, bedrooms have ample insulation and exceptional humidity.
Just ensure you have a window by which you can place your Jade plants.
If you have a study desk affront a window, and your Jade plant is small or a bonsai, it’s a great idea to place it there. That way, the Jade receives enough light, and you can look at it to relieve stress.
Feng shui backs that by stating that Jade plants are auspicious and give off “sheng chi,” which promotes success. This energy is presumed to further develop your career or studies.
Among the rooms we’d list, the kitchen is the least preferable. The reason for that is its variability.
For example, the average humidity in your kitchen might be within the Jade plant’s preferred level, but it can rise whenever you’re cooking or using the faucet.
Aside from that, the temperature also tends to increase when you’re cooking. Likewise, the cold breeze from the fridge could stress the plant.
That’s not to say your Jade plant would die in the kitchen. If you’re following feng shui and want to position a Jade plant in your kitchen, you can do that with extra care.
In feng shui, each of the eight cardinal directions represents an aspect of growth. Following its teachings, the best direction to keep a Jade plant at home is towards the East or Southeast.
Both of these directions’ Wuxing or Phase is represented by wood, which makes the Jade plant fitting.
Consequently, according to the Eight Aspirations of Bagua, the direction of the Southeast is dedicated to wealth. On the other hand, the East is dedicated to family. These aspirations exemplify the prosperity and relationship that the Jade plant promotes.
As such, placing it by Eastward or Southeastward entrances, hallways, and windows invites luck into the house.
However, you should remember that while these directions are considered lucky, you shouldn’t sacrifice the Jade plant’s survival for it.
Consider that feng shui puts more emphasis on the state of the plant than its direction. A dead plant invites negative energy regardless of where you position it.
Caring for indoor plants might sound daunting to you. After all, their leaves fall, the water runs off, and the soil makes a mess.
To help you with these issues, here are 5 tips that’ll make managing Jade plants indoors easier:
Keeping a plant in well-draining soil indoors can be messy. Since you have to soak the Jade plant’s soil when watering, the excess should have a reservoir that won’t cause the roots to be drenched.
There are indoor planters with specialized saucers underneath that you can buy. They’re perfect for Jade plants and other succulents.
Keeping your Jade plant in hard-to-reach places is crucial because they’re toxic to humans and pets. Its severity ranges from mild skin irritation upon contact to convulsions when ingested.
Since you’ll keep your Jade plants indoors, they would be in isolated soil and wouldn’t have access to nutrients. To prevent them from starving, fertilize them once a month during the growing season, from spring to summer.
The sap of the Jade plant’s succulent leaves is desirable to pests like mealybugs or scales. Once these pests feast on your Jade, they exude honeydew that attracts ants.
If you don’t want to deal with ants in your living room, take precautions against these pests.
The Jade plant can grow up to 6 feet indoors. When it does so, its thick and bushy foliage can make it top-heavy and cause it to topple over air drafts.
Prune it regularly to keep it in a manageable size. It grows slowly, so you wouldn’t have to spend much time maintaining it.
Deciding where to place a Jade plant in your home can be confusing, but once you get over it, you’ll realize it’s worth the effort.
This lustrous plant adds a touch of greenery to your place and could also be a great stress reliever. Whether through feng shui or placebo, it tends to improve the quality of life of its owners as well.
Just keep the necessary factors in mind, and you’ll make your Jade plant thrive in your home for years to come.
Growing up with a mom who filled her home (inside and out) with all sorts of plants, Lisa got her start in gardening at a young age. Living now on her own with a home and yard full of plants (including an indoor greenhouse), she shares all the gardening tips she’s gained over the years.