The Jade plant, the native plant that produces tea, is one of the few plants that thrive in a region of California where it’s being wiped out.
The plant is native to the desert of the southwestern United States.
When temperatures are low, it’s a good option to grow.
“I’ve been in California for a couple of years now and I’ve grown a lot of the Jade plants,” said Amy McNeill, a local Jade plant grower.
McNeill is a member of the California Jade Plant Society, which started in 2005.
Its goal is to help local Jade plants flourish in a time of drought.
“We have a lot more Jade plants growing in our region than we have ever seen before,” said McNeill.
The society began to collect information about Jade plants and to organize events to help promote their growing in drought-affected areas.
“I was able to find a couple local Jade farms that were willing to grow a couple dozen Jade plants at the same time,” McNeill said.
“One of the biggest challenges for a Jade plant is they need to be water-starved, which is what a lot have been.
They need to have a dry environment,” McNeil added.
The Society has worked with local businesses to organize the Jade planting events.
The first event was held on Saturday, May 16, with the goal of helping local Jade farmers with a growing challenge.
The group held a meet and greet with the farmers at their home.
The Jade plants are a hardy species that can withstand drought and the temperature can drop below freezing, but McNeill warned that some Jade plants need extra water.
“If you don’t have enough water, you’re going to start getting stressed out, so you’re not going to have as many flowers,” McLean said.
The second event took place on Sunday, May 17, at the Jade house, where the Jade plant was grown and some Jade seedlings were placed.
McNeill noted that the first event helped the Jade growers with a learning curve.
“When we started the first one, I think a lot was missing,” Mclean said.
“Now we’re able to teach them how to plant their Jade plants.”
Jade house on May 17.
(Photo: Courtesy of Jade Plant Soc)The Jade Plant society hopes that the second event will help local farmers learn how to grow the plants.
They also hope to encourage Jade plant growers to help out by donating seeds and other supplies to the Jade Plant League.
In addition to helping Jade farmers, the society also hopes to encourage people to learn about Jade plant propagation techniques.
“The most important thing is getting the right plant, and we’re hoping that we can help out local growers, so we can all grow and plant the best variety of Jade plants we can,” McGovernon said.
The Jade house was not as fortunate as McLean and McNeill in the past.
After a long drought, the Jade plantation was not able to continue producing Jade plants.
“This year, we’re lucky because we’re going into the winter,” McLay said.
McLean said that he hopes that with this second event, Jade growers will be able to learn how they can improve their Jade plant.