I have to admit it's a pretty poor specimen. I've said before on this blog that I'm no good with plants of any kind, they all die at my hands, except this one and of course my garden rose
I don't like it, I never have liked it, the only reason I have it is that it was my mums.
She must have bought it at least twelve years ago, she called it her money plant and would touch it for good luck.
When she passed away over six years ago I couldn't throw it out, well it is a living thing and it was my mums. I didn't like it (did I say that already?) I didn't even like the pot it was in, but I already had to dispose of most things from my mum's house so the plant came home with me and was plonked on front of the kitchen window.
It grew and grew in a haphazard sort of way and I kept cutting in in a haphazard sort of way so I could still see out of my window. I've never watered it very much, only now and then when I remembered. Lots of times I left for holidays without remembering to give it water and it's always fine when I return.
I googled money plant and according to the world wide web it's a Jade plant, Crassula Ovata, also known as the money or friendship plant. It doesn't need much water and if you don't give it water before the frost it should produce flowers. So why have I not had any flowers?
It can also be turned into a Bonsai tree by clipping off new growth, the trunk then becomes woody. This is what has happened to mine, its become gnarly.
|And should look like this|
( it was my mums.)
|Mine looks like this|
The more I look at the photo of what it should look like the more I think its a hopeless case.
So if any of my green fingered readers can give me advice on what to do to make this plant look good and enjoy the rest of its days being beautiful and healthy instead of ugly and unloved the Jade and I would be very grateful and I know my mum would be too. Or should I send it to Alan Tichmarsh?