9 Things to Remember When Caring for a Trailing Jade

The trailing jade plant (Peperomia rotundifolia) is perfect for newbie gardeners because it is easy to grow. However, even if it shares the same name as the jade plant, the trailing jade has different care requirements that you must meet.

The trailing jade is an epiphyte. The term simply means that it attaches itself on trees, rocks, rotten logs, and even the forest ground. That description should tell you that you can grow it in a pot with soil, but you will get better results by recreating its natural habitat.

The trailing jade can produce flowers. Most gardeners prize this succulent’s trailing stems and leaves, but they are also capable of producing flowers on the spikes given the right conditions. The trails make them ideal for placing near windowsills or in hanging baskets. The stems can grow up to 30 cm in length, so they do not really take up a lot of space.

Use a peat-based soil. If you want to use a soil mix, choose a peat-based soil which contains perlite or sand and peat (1:2). This allows for adequate drainage and aeration of the soil. If you want to re-pot the trailing jade, you can change only the top soil once a year. Do not move the plant unless it looks like it is outgrowing the container.

Give it something to climb on. As a vine, it should have a support structure to grow around. Use a trellis, arbor, or pergola to showcase its beauty.

Keep the trailing jade away from the cold. If grown outdoors in Singapore, the trailing jade will have no issues, but if you want to place this indoors, make sure that there are no drastic changes in the temperature. Anything below 10°C in an air-conditioned room is bad for the trailing jade, which is native to tropical forests in South America. Ideal temperatures are between 18°C to 24°C.

The trailing hade needs bright indirect lights. This plant grows under the shade of tall trees in its natural habitat, so it is only natural to provide it with the same conditions at home. Morning light is fine, but it should be protected during the hottest times of the day. If you notice the leaves look scorched, you need to move the plant elsewhere. However, spray the leaves regularly to keep high humidity.

Do not over-water the trailing jade. It is a succulent, so it means it is good in storing water, but it has small roots. Wait until the soil is dry before watering the trailing jade. In fact, it is better if you water it sparingly than regularly.

Fertilize the trailing jade occasionally. If the plant looks healthy, there is no need to use a fertilizer, but if you must, use a diluted liquid fertilizer once a month.

You need to prune the trailing jade. To keep it in good shape, pinch the stems on the overgrowths. You can even use the stem tips and leaf cuttings to propagate the trailing jade. Tie the stems loosely to keep to the shape of the structure supporting it.

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