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Is the Baby Jade Bonsai Right for Your Garden

Apr 19, 2008
The Baby Jade Bonsai is an excellent choice for bonsai gardeners of all skill levels who desire an indoor bonsai. Baby Jades are succulent, tropical plants native to Africa. Though they are a rather new variety of bonsai, Baby Jades are becoming quite popular due to their stunning looks.

The Baby Jade is also known as the Elephant Bush. The trunk, leaves, and branches are 'fleshy' and are used to store water. The leaves are round, and pale green. In the wild a Baby Jade will grow close to six feet tall.

Baby Jade Bonsai Care and Maintenance

The Baby Jade makes the perfect indoor bonsai tree. Proper lighting is essential for food production. The Baby Jade bonsai can go long periods of time without needing to be watered. It is over watering you will need to avoid with this plant!

Judge watering needs of the Baby Jade bonsai by the dryness of the soil in its pot. When the soil has become dry, it is time to water your tree. Remember that even though the Baby Jade can go a long time without watering, care must be taken to not avoid watering at all!

Baby Jade bonsais tend to grow fast. Your shaping preferences will determine how much time and how often you spend on this aspect of bonsai gardening. Do not worry though, your hard work will be rewarded. The Baby Jade is a beautiful plant, especially when it is flowering.

The flowers of the Baby Jade have pink borders and the flower itself is a nice purple. The flowers are shaped like stars. The bark of the tree will be green when it is young. Through maturity you will see it go to a deep red and eventually become gray.

A more conservative bonsai gardener might not wish to choose a Baby Jade for a bonsai, as they are not part of the traditional species used. However, the Baby Jade has shown that it can be successfully made into a bonsai, and will reward the gardener wise enough to choose one with years of beauty and peace.
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