Call for community to share tips and pics of jade plants in the Mid Coast region

Surprise: First flowers on the jade plant.
Surprise: First flowers on the jade plant.

Recently a decades old jade plant that survived neglect in an unused courtyard of the former Manning River Times site in Taree revealed something special – it flowered – and that is not a common event.

The plant, also known as a money plant, moved to Tinonee about two years ago when it was not on the list to go to the new Victoria Street office.

I claimed it, reasoning that if it could survive the courtyard that people forgot, then it could survive me – it must be said that I have form when it comes to killing plants.

That was two years ago and today, it flowered.

I was shocked to see flowers and buds, as I did not know that a jade plant produced flowers. A quick Google search revealed it is possible, but it is hard, to get a jade to bloom as numerous factors contribute to the process, but by some miracle, I had created the right conditions at the right time.

I positioned the jade plant at my front door as I’d heard the old saying, “Jade at the door, poor no more.” I’m still waiting for the money ... but perhaps the flowers are a sign that my bank balance will soon bloom!

Please share pictures of your jade plants - in bloom or not – and if you’ve got any jade plant pruning or care tips, I’d love to hear them.

Money maker: Still waiting for it to deliver on the old saying, "Jade at the door, poor no more."

Money maker: Still waiting for it to deliver on the old saying, "Jade at the door, poor no more."