My first Jade blooms!

whip1 Zone 5 NE OhioNovember 21, 2013

I'm very excited. I've been trying for years, and the Jades finally agreed to bloom!

Quick question. This plant seems to be losing leaves a little more than the Jades that are not blooming. Is this normal? Clearly it's a healthy plant, so I'm not worried about it, but I am curious.

Also, this is Kody. Short for Kodiak, because he reminded us of a little bear when he was a pup.

This is Maxwell. We call him Max, because my wife wouldn't agree to any of the other names I suggested.

Rob

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Awww, I know how excited you are, if you feel at all like I would if this would happen at my house. Congrats! It's not just one little flower either, is it? At least a couple clumps of them. Great plant!

Dogs can't have green thumbs since they don't have thumbs at all, but your dogs are obviously plant lovers with those green eyes! LOL!

    Bookmark   November 21, 2013 at 9:43AM
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Laura Robichaud

Congrats on the blooms! I hope I can post the same news someday!!

The dogs are way cute!

    Bookmark   November 21, 2013 at 10:37AM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

You know, you are just superb at growing these plants now..Good for you!!!

Mike

    Bookmark   November 21, 2013 at 1:47PM
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camellia1_gw

Congrats! How exciting!

    Bookmark   November 21, 2013 at 3:11PM
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wweidele(6)

Awsome congrats

    Bookmark   November 21, 2013 at 9:07PM
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whip1 Zone 5 NE Ohio

Thanks for the compliments.

Mike, I have about a dozen Jades. Only one bloomed, so I wouldn't call me a superb grower. :) Thankfully, I haven't lost one since I switched to the gritty mix, but I can't take credit for that either.

I'll post more pictures when more blooms pop.

Rob

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 9:44AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Cheers, Rob!
Those blooms look fantastic :-)
The leaf-loss could be due to a decrease in light, and could also be due to the plant putting energy into the bloom. I assume you are still watering and fertilizing regularly? My blooming Jades tend to dry out sooner, I've noticed...probably because I've positioned them in sunnier locations on the window-sills.

Josh

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 11:57AM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Great job Whip, Congrats!! I remember how excited I was when I had my first blooms last year...

Cute dogs by the way...

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 2:13PM
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whip1 Zone 5 NE Ohio

Josh,
I'm still watering and fertilizing regularly. Light reduction is a big factor coming inside.

Thanks again for all of the compliments!

Rob

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 10:25AM
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whip1 Zone 5 NE Ohio

A few more blooms opened up today.

Also, while watering, I noticed some roots peeking out of the drain hole. Am I correct in assuming the plant is telling me it would like a new home come spring? Do Jades respond well to root pruning, or would potting up be better?

Rob

    Bookmark   November 29, 2013 at 11:11AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hey, Rob!
Yes, re-pot next season (late Spring - early Summer).
Jades respond fine to root-pruning, but potting up would get you bigger growth and thicker trunks. Can you take a pic of the entire plant?

Josh

    Bookmark   November 29, 2013 at 12:03PM
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whip1 Zone 5 NE Ohio

Josh,
Here's the whole plant. Those are 4 inch tiles behind for scale.

I know it could use a bigger pot.

Rob

    Bookmark   November 29, 2013 at 12:53PM
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camellia1_gw

Goodlooking plant!

    Bookmark   November 29, 2013 at 1:55PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Pot it up, indeed!
It's putting on very nice growth and will appreciate new volume into which it can grow.

Josh

    Bookmark   November 29, 2013 at 3:58PM
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whip1 Zone 5 NE Ohio

Side note. Has anyone seen this style of pot for sale? It's a straight walled terracotta pot. I bought a few locally a few years back, but I don't remember where. I like them being just a little different than what you normally see.
I'll definitely give it a new pot come spring.

Rob

    Bookmark   November 30, 2013 at 9:29AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

I haven't come across that pot in a while.
Whenever I see a slightly different form, I usually snatch 'em up.

Josh

    Bookmark   November 30, 2013 at 1:24PM
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snailprincess(8b)

That's so cool. They are so pretty and unusual normally , I forget that they flower like almost all other plants! It's extra special when they do! Congrats!

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 11:07AM
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whip1 Zone 5 NE Ohio

All of the blooms have opened up!

Rob

    Bookmark   December 8, 2013 at 12:42PM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

Hello....Such a great job Rob, and I am sorry, you DO deserve credit for that.:-)

I have tried every thing with my smaller ones, and I just can't seem to get any to do anything with all kinds of different methods...I wonder if even the rarer ones I have even flower?
I have never seen a Red Horn tree flower nor any of the others...:-(

Mike

    Bookmark   December 8, 2013 at 1:41PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Excellent! Hello, Rob, hello, Mike!
Mike, remember your 'Hobbit' (but they seemed variegated, so maybe they were 'Red Horn Tree') cuttings had blooms on them.

Incidentally, my Crassula ovata 'Denethor' just opened its single bloom.

Josh

    Bookmark   December 8, 2013 at 1:49PM
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whip1 Zone 5 NE Ohio

Mike,
I'll accept the credit, but until I can get more to bloom, I don't think I deserve it. None the less, thanks for the compliments. That being said, I'm very excited to watch this happen.

Mike and Josh, hope all is going well.

Rob

    Bookmark   December 8, 2013 at 3:13PM
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