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Three succulents in a decorative plastic pot with saucer, including Jade Plant, Ogre Ears and Moon Silver.

 

Jade Plant

Jade Plant is an easy-to-grow succulent that stores water in its leaves, stems, and roots. As with all succulents, overwatering is sure to be fatal, so err on the side of keeping the soil too dry rather than too wet. Jade plants also need a lot of light to develop to their fullest potential. However, they should be protected from harsh direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves, especially of young plants.

 

Ogre Ears

Crassula ovata Gollum, also known as Ogre Ears is a mutated version of the Jade Plant. Other names it might go by are Hobbit Jade, Spoon Jade, ET’s Fingers, Trumpet Jade. This is a popular houseplant and succulent that is easy to care for. It has thick, fleshy leaves that are shaped like ears, hence its common name.  This plant tolerates neglect and is very simple to care for. Although it can withstand dim light, it favors bright light. If you’re growing your plant indoors, a spot near a sunny window is ideal. Just be sure to protect it from drafts, which can cause the leaves to drop. Outdoors, the ogre ear can tolerate full sun or partial shade. If you live in a hot climate, it’s best to protect your plant from the midday sun to prevent leaf scorch.

 

Pachyphytum Moon Silver

A sweet, chunky plant with powdery, pastel foliage. This dreamy plant grows tall stems and has thick leaves. It gets its soft, silvery hue from a coating of natural wax that protects it from the sun. Try to water the soil without getting water on the leaves in order to preserve the powdery coating. Choose a spot that receives 5-6 hours of partial to full sun. Garden, balcony, and terrace are great locations to keep this cute succulent. Moon Silver doesn’t need regular watering, so water only when the topsoil surface becomes dry.

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  • Succulents are very drought tolerant and only need to be watered every 1-2 weeks, allowing the soil to completely dry out in between watering. Over-watering can lead to root rot, so be sure to err on the side of too little rather than too much.

    Here are a few tips for watering your succulents:

    • Water deeply, but less often. It’s better to give your plants a good soaking once or twice a week than to water them lightly every day.
    • Allow the soil to dry out completely between watering. Don’t let your succulents sit in soggy soil, as this can lead to root rot.

    Following these tips will help you keep your succulents healthy and happy. Just remember that these plants are tough and resilient, so don’t be afraid to experiment a little bit with your watering schedule. Soon, you’ll find the perfect balance for your plants.

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