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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.


6 Tricks to Maximize the Space of Your Tiny Kitchen

A pint-size kitchen may seem ideal for most of us, but there are actually lots of ways on how you can make the most out of your small kitchen space. Rather than hating the small details that seem unfixable, consider making some small changes like adding a new coat of paint or putting some additional storage. Although small, these tricks will surely help you like the kitchen that you have – even if it’s not that much.

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  1. Go for Open Storage. Unlike close cabinets, open shelves offer the sense of having more space. It’s also a chic way to display your kitchenware – if you’re able to keep everything organized. Bonus points if you’ll be able to find a way to add a washer in your kitchen.

 

  1. Focus on the Small Details. If there’s anything that you can do, focus on the smaller details – especially if you’re living in a rental space. If you’re not allowed to change your kitchen’s layout, then settle for doing some small switch-ups like painting the borders of your cabinets or changing your cabinet knobs. That way, you get to add some personal touch to your kitchen space without breaking the rules of rental décor.

 

  1. Create a Focal Point. An easy and simple way to make your kitchen look bigger is to establish a focal point. Placing a statement pendant, a patterned wallpaper or a unique dining table in your kitchen will surely leave your guests focusing on the décor rather than the size of your kitchen.

 

  1. Go Dark. It may seem odd, but dark cabinets actually look amazing in smaller kitchen spaces. Aside from that, painting your cabinets with similar colours will also give a cool and cosy vibe to your kitchen. Although you can add colour to your walls, white paint can give a nice contrast to your cabinets while making your space feel brighter.

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  1. Opt for Double-Duty Furniture. Since you don’t have a lot of room to use, make sure that every piece of furniture in your kitchen has a dual purpose. For instance, create a nook that you can use as your office, a dining area, or a counter space for your food prep.

 

  1. Think of Pot Racks. Short on space? Then utilize the space of your ceiling and walls by using pot racks. Not only is this a great way to organize your cooking utensils in one area, it’s also perfect for freeing up limited counter and cabinet space.

Having a small kitchen space can be really frustrating, but with these space-saving tricks, it’s now possible to maximize and get the most out of your tiny kitchen.

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