Dwarf Jade Bonsai is a plant that is native to the dry areas of South Africa. It is very succulent. It is a challenging and rugged plant because of its ability to retain water for long. This is the easiest plant to grow and maintain amongst all the bonsai. It is not a plant that is demanding on the caregiver. This plant is well suited for those who usually forget to water their plants as required. This is a plant that can easily forgive your laziness or forgetfulness. The plant is very thick with deep green leaves. It has got fleshy stems and branches. This is a plant that can live on its own without any human attention for months. It is a fast-growing plant too.
Jade bonsai lives up to its name as “The Elephant Plant” as it is also called.
Dwarf bonsai flourishes well where there is humidity, bright light, and under the tropical weather. It prefers a room temperature that is around 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It does well when exposed to about 3 to 4 hours of direct sunlight and high humidity altitude that is approximately 75 degrees Fahrenheit. If your home does not have these conditions, it is advised you use a mist humidifier that can imitate the moist and tropical conditions that the plant requires to grow indoors.
Dwarf Jade, though a tropical plant, can quickly adapt to any indoor condition. Just place the plant where there is an uncontrolled flow of air. Avoid keeping it close to home appliances that emit too much heat. The plant loves the early morning sun. Please return it to a shady place in the afternoon. Despite being an indoor plant, the plant can do well outdoors if it is kept where it can receive indirect sunlight. The plant is capable of withstanding a temperature of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit when outdoor with sustained watering. Always return the plant indoors when the temperature falls below 55 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Never allow the plant to freeze out at night.
Jade bonsai needs watering, whether during fall, winter, or spring. Water it at least every 2 to 3 days. The plant needs watering daily during the summer. Use a hose with a spray nozzle to water the plant. You can use a watering can too.
Dwarf Jade requires pruning just like any other bonsai. The pruning should be regular to make the plant produce more branches and maintain its small size. Use sharp scissors to do the pruning. You can use wire to hold the components of the plant together. Do not bother wiring if you think the branches are well-positioned.
Soil, Fertilizer, and Re-potting
Dwarf Jade can stay in the same pot for many years but can lose its soil nutrients. Add nutritional supplements for the plant to thrive. The use of organic fertilizer is advised. Do not use potent fertilizer. Use the recommended quantity.
Dwarf Jade needs to be re-potted every 3 to 5 years. If you just received your plant, you will have to wait for at least a season before re-potting. Always use the recommended bonsai soil. Bonsai soil helps to drain water very quickly, which helps to prevent the root of the plant from rotting.
Jade Bonsai is the ideal plant for indoors for people who do not have the time to take care of it regularly. It retains water that is able to sustain it for a long time. Avoid exposing the plant to direct harsh sunlight that can burn the leaves.