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Jade for Luck

Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

The growing season has ended and houseplants are taking center stage. Their greenery is a tonic in winter and some houseplants, like the jade plant, actually help clean the air inside your home.

Practitioners of Feng Shui believe that the jade plant brings good luck, prosperity and success. Jade plants are also known as the Money Plant because their glossy, oval-shaped, succulent leaves resemble coins.

These natives of South Africa are easy to grow and drought tolerant, storing moisture in their leaves. Jade plants should be placed near a sunny window and watered when the soil is just dry to the touch. If the pot is left standing in water, the roots will rot. Feed every three months with a diluted liquid fertilizer, taking care to always water the plant thoroughly first.