September Succulent: Crassula Arborescens Undulatifolia
Crassula Arborescens Undulatifolia, or Ripple Jade, are a new hybrid of the jade plant with a unique wavy, or rippled shape to their leaves. Crassula Arborescens Undulatifolia is a fairly low growing shrub, reaching only three feet tall if given unlimited growing space. With it’s blue grey leaves and white, star shaped blossoms, it is great for filling out a su
cculent terrarium or training as a bonsai. Ripple Jade thrives in bright light to light shade, but should be transitioned slowly into it as it is susceptible to sun burn and scorch. We recommend planting it snuggle with other succulents in a display, removing 70% of the soil from the root ball and planting it in a container with a hole on the bottom and well draining soil. Water about once a week, letting the soil dry out completely in between watering. Ripple Jade can handle colder temperatures than other succulents, but will thrive around 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit
Transitioning Crassula Arborescens Undelatifolia into light is easy. Just place your planted ripple jade a few feet from the bright window or grow light enhanced space you intend to place it, moving it closer every few days. In the fall and winter, move your Ripple Jade to a room that gets bright light during the day but not a lot of light at night to encourage blossoms. We reccomend these if you need a grow bulb.
During the summer water when the soil has completely dried out – about once a week. You can check by sticking a finger into the soil up to your first knuckle, if the soil feel dry to the touch, you can water thoroughly, making sure to empty any drainage dish you might have under your pot. If your Crassula Arborescens Undulatifolia is part of an arrangement it might be harder to check the soil, in this case you can check the firmness of the leaves. If the leaves feel soft or are starting to shrivel like an old grape, it is time to water your plant. In the winter watering can be stretched out to just often enough to avoid shriveling. Planting in a small well-draining container with cactus mix or a moderately dry blend of potting soil and sand will help you avoid over watering. If you do suspect you over watered your plant, repot it in fresh dry soil as soon as possible, cutting off any roots that are effected by root rot and treating the cuts with a fungicide.
Fertilize your Ripple Jade every 1-2 months during the growing season. We recommend a bacterial inoculant that will help maintain healthy soil and removes the risk of over fertilizing or scorching your plants with too strong of a mixture of fertilizer.
Long Term Care
Crassula Arborescens Undulatifolia are easy to grow, but there are a few common ailments to look out for. Like all succulents, they can quickly become water logged and are susceptible to root rot if they are over watered, so it’s best to err on the side of too dry. If you miss a watering and your plant is dry, slowly rehydrate over time instead of giving it a larger than normal amount of water. Mealy bugs can be treated with an insecticidal soap. Check the leaves over regularly and re-apply as needed. If you prune your Jade be sure to treat any cuts with a fungicide to avoid fungal diseases. You can re-pot your Jade as needed, preferably during the warm season.
Jade plants are toxic to cats and dogs if consumed and are considered to be minorly toxic to humans.