SST Speechless Sunday( w/ text) Jade Surprise!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams


This is my 25 year old Jade plant. It has finally bloomed! I've waited all these years, not really expecting a bloom at all, let alone a multitude of them. The blooms appeared in the coldest stretch of winter while the earth was blanketed with snow. They lasted for many weeks.

jade plant, first blooms

blooming jade plant This is a photo of the plant with its sweeping branches. It is about 32" tall. I'm not sure how I will manage to repot it this spring but after the floral display it deserves a bigger pot! The branches are rather delicate so that makes it a two person job.

Comments (17)

Jackie DeShazer
Montana Country Real Estate - Libby, MT

Wow Marian! That is a big plant and a beautiful one too. Sounds like it bloomed at just the right time!

Apr 11, 2009 11:48 AM
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

How wonderful that it bloomed for you after all this time! What a gift for all your years of care.


Apr 12, 2009 02:55 AM
Marian Gregor-Ann
Keller Williams - Ann Arbor, MI
Arbor area Real Estate

Jackie,  I had been resigned to just having a nice, green jade plant forever. It was a delightful surprise! Thanks!         Debi, It is, indeed a gift and it purifies the air as a bonus!

Apr 12, 2009 03:00 AM
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,

ToulaRosebrock,comHi Marian:

That's a pretty large jade plant.

Looks beautiful!

Apr 12, 2009 11:52 PM
Marian Gregor-Ann
Keller Williams - Ann Arbor, MI
Arbor area Real Estate

Hi Toula, Yes, it is large that will make it a lot harder to protect as I'm transplanting it into a new & bigger pot! The branches & leaves are quite delicate.

Apr 13, 2009 11:47 AM
Rita Minion
O'Brien Realty - Solomons, MD

Hello Marian,

Wow!  What a beautiful jade plant!  It bloomed for you too!  Thank you for sharing!



Apr 14, 2009 09:06 AM
Charlottesville, VA

You must have a green thumb?

very nice!

your friend in Charlottesville Virginia!

Apr 14, 2009 10:41 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Des Peres, MO


I did not know Jade plants cool. 

Okay, let's see your green thumb!

Ann Hayden in sunny Wildwood, Missouri

Apr 16, 2009 02:12 AM
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

I've never had one long enough to see it bloom......I don't even think I've seen a picture of this before.  What a great plant!

Apr 17, 2009 07:12 AM
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I did not know they bloomed either.  I had ane years ago... I do not have a green thumb. My mother's had huge jade plants over the years. 

Apr 20, 2009 06:35 AM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

I can't believe you have kept a house plant alive for 25 years!!  I'm impressed!!!

Apr 20, 2009 03:11 PM
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Jade plants bloom best when they are under stress. Since you get a good amount of rain there, protect it from the rainfall and don't give it any water until the leaves start to shrivel. You can even let them shrivel quite a bit. Then water them, and overnight the leaves will be plump again. Don't water it again until the leaves shrivel again. If you keep doing that, you should have quite a few flowers on it this time of year.

Our jade plants around here bloom profusely because all they get is the ten inches of rain that falls naturally from the sky. Here's one about six feet tall from an inspection a couple of weeks ago:

Jade plant in bloom

I came back to add some after reading the comments. I had what I thought was a huge jade plant when I lived in Texas. I watered it and it grew. When I got to San Diego and saw these plants that are up to ten feet tall, and blooming, I had to find out what was going on.

I've been a gardener all my life, and one of the things I like most about San Diego is that anything will grow here if we meet its water needs. In doing that, I've also discovered many, many things that bloom that I never knew bloomed.

Apr 24, 2009 09:26 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

It is amazing it got so big in that little pot.  It's pretty though.  Best of luck in repotting it.  I have a shamrock I've had since I was 17 ... and that was a little more than 25 years ago. :)

Apr 25, 2009 04:01 AM
c m
Colorado Springs, CO

I never knew Jade plants bloomed!  I am the daughter of a florist mother, and a very green thumbed father, and have worked in several different flower shops myself!  So pretty!  I really had no idea.... 

Apr 26, 2009 04:23 PM
Dan Hartman
Province Mortgage Associates - NMLS #2861 - Providence, RI

Great jade plant, Marian. I wish mine were that healthy looking.


Apr 27, 2009 02:39 PM
Debbie Walsh
SHAHAR Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Wow I love jade plants and I never knew they bloomed flowers!  I was just reading Russel's comments and looking at the picture and wow!


Apr 30, 2009 12:07 PM
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I know lots of people love jade plants, but they are just too common around here, and any leaves that fall off root and become another plant. They are almost weedy.

May 07, 2009 09:41 AM