The jade plant is easy to grow with
very little care.
It is usually cloned rather than grown from seed. A piece of the
plant as small as a leaf, when placed in the soil, will grow into a
large plant like this one. 20 or so years ago, I tossed a piece
broken off another jade plant into the garden here.
The leaves which get more sunlight
develop the red
edges. Note the thickness of the leaves. Plants with thick
moist leaves like this are called "succulent".
The flowers are rather small, but when most of them are open it makes quite a show.
is the trunk of the jade plant. If it had been in a place with
more light it would likely be much thicker. I have seen plants
with trunks at least twice the diameter of this one. However, the
trunk, like the leaves, is soft and moist and can be easily broken.
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