It's Jade Time!

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It's Jade Time!

Postby Matt S » January 26th, 2018, 6:55 pm

Jades are made for heatwaves, so I spent some time today trimming my small leaved jades (Portulacaria afra). When they're kept well fed and watered this time of year I need to trim them every 2 weeks. They're not exactly a traditional species but they grow so well here, you can shape them anyway you like and are ideal for beginners as you really can't kill them.

Big and heavy - 700mm

Jade 1 Jan18.jpg


More manageable. From a cutting taken about 9 years ago.

Jade 2 Jan18.jpg


Slanting, from another cutting also 9 years ago.

Jade 3 Jan18.jpg


Shohin, 4 years old.

Jade 4 Jan18.jpg


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Re: It's Jade Time!

Postby boom64 » January 26th, 2018, 7:58 pm

Great work Matt ,looks like a lot of fun with them. Cheers John
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Re: It's Jade Time!

Postby annaf » September 10th, 2018, 4:10 pm

Your Jade trees a beautiful, l have recently starting to bonsai some of my Jade plants, and am researching the best soil mix for them, I am in Melbourne, can I ask what soil mix you use? Thanks
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Re: It's Jade Time!

Postby MJL » September 10th, 2018, 6:02 pm

I am not sure that I have ever seen these trees before. I'd better go to the Google machine!

These look wonderful Matt. Well done. I particularly like the first two photos!

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Re: It's Jade Time!

Postby jonathanv » November 8th, 2018, 4:45 pm

I cannot help but cringe when I see a jade being put forward as a bonsai
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Re: It's Jade Time!

Postby Keep Calm and Ramify » November 8th, 2018, 5:43 pm

jonathanv wrote:I cannot help but cringe when I see a jade being put forward as a bonsai


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Re: It's Jade Time!

Postby Raging Bull » November 8th, 2018, 7:31 pm

LOVE KCaR's reply!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: It's Jade Time!

Postby Pants404 » November 9th, 2018, 11:15 am

While I agree with jonothanv completely I feel KCaR was spot on.
These are great examples and deserve some appreciation.
Nice work

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Re: It's Jade Time!

Postby Matt S » November 9th, 2018, 2:06 pm

Ha! Just saw the last few posts.

I appreciate that Jade are not a popular species and a lot of people are happy to tell me how much they hate them. It's not a problem, I've heard it all before but I still enjoy working with them. :P

Also, I missed the question from annaf, sorry about that. If you're still around, I use very open mix 30% potting mix and the rest inorganic (diatomite/zealite/pumice). As long as it's free draining you'l bee fine, Jade don't like wet feet.

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Re: It's Jade Time!

Postby no idea » November 9th, 2018, 4:41 pm

or frost, boom ,dead this, and half dead that trunk, with frost burn tho i think a lovely aged look can be achieved in the summer
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Re: It's Jade Time!

Postby Sbwright » November 9th, 2018, 8:25 pm

I really like them. I was thinking of taking some cuttings from a wild bush in town, potting them up and then using them for a gardening class on Bonsai at my school next year.
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Re: It's Jade Time!

Postby ptt007x » November 10th, 2018, 1:45 pm

While I agree with jonothanv completely I feel KCaR was spot on.
These are great examples and deserve some appreciation.



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