Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Binomen Art - Crassula ovata

Crassula ovata - JadeCrassula ovata - Jade
We came home from a ten day trip and found our jade plant looking pretty pathetic having dropped many leaves and branches. Maybe after twenty years it thinks it needs to go on a diet? Or, maybe we are doing something wrong with its care? After being prideful of the jade in a previous post, we just now might be in for a fall. Anyway, we figured we better spell out before it checks out of this life. Jade, Crassula ovata, is a member of the Crassulaceae family. According to myEtymology, the generic name Crassula is derived from the Classical Latin word crassus meaning, fat, stout, rue, thick, deep; deep coated. The specific name ovata likely refers to the oval-shapped leaves.

5 comments:

  1. smarty pants. you sure it didn't spell out "i'm dying of dehydration here people!" or "twenty years of giving you good jade luck and all I get is a drink of water?"

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  2. I know. I keep think I've watered it too much. Maybe it needs some Evian, could you help?

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    1. What ever happened to it? (Yes this is a double post, I accidently deleted my last one lol, first time on this site.)

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  4. It's hanging in there. We put it outside with a western exposure (but mostly shaded) and cut back on watering and it responded with new growth that looks good. Brought it back inside for winter and a small branch fell off. Maybe it just doesn't like indoors? Will keep on a course of little water and get it outside as soon as I can since it seems to do best there.

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