Mar 13, 2020

How to Grow Jade plant in Matka (Earthen pot) - Easy DIY Home decor

Adding a personal aesthetic touch brings out a unique beauty into your home. Adding live house plants can enhance the classy look of your home. They can be welcoming, appealing, and refreshing.

Convert the old unused Matka or Kulfi pots into a pleasing and rich-looking plant decor piece without spending a penny!!
I had a few Matka or kulfi pots lying around my home unused. So I just gave it a try and converted them into a small mini pot for my Jade plants.

Jade The Lucky Plant

Jade is known as Crassula Ovata, a lucky plant. The Jade plant is known to bring luck, wealth, and prosperity according to Feng Shui. These plants are also gifted to near and dear ones.

The Jade plant is a succulent variety native to Africa. Jade is a popular house plant found in almost every nook and corner of the world. The popularity of the Jade plant has been widespread because of its low maintenance and low care. They adapt well to the house conditions.
Growing Jade plant
Grow Jade in Matka

Propagating Jade

Propagating Jade is easy but tricky. Jade can be propagated through soil and water from cuttings.
Take a 4 to 5-inch cutting and remove the below leaves. Ensure there is at least one to two nodes and place it water or the soil.

Propagating Jade plant

I had tried propagating through water and soil. But I generally prefer soil propagation. The roots formed in water would be distinct from the roots formed in soil. Hence transferring the jade from water to soil the process can be a bit tedious.

While propagating the jade plant make sure to take 2 to 3 cuttings. Because some cuttings may root and some may not. If we are propagating more than two then the probability of success is high and we don’t have to start all over again.

Jade Plant Watering Conditions

Jade requires less water. Chances of rotting are high if overwatered. Follow the rule of thumb while watering Jade. Water the jade plants two to three times a week. Make sure to water the plant thoroughly.

Jade Plant Lighting Conditions

Jade plants would start to grow leggy and start losing leaves if there is no sufficient sunlight. Ensure they receive at least 3 to 4 hours of sunlight each day.

How to

The process of planting a Jade plant in the Matka is a simple process
  • Clean the Matka thoroughly with water do not use any harsh chemicals to wash the matka.
  • Optional - I like the raw feel of the Matka hence I have not painted the Matka. If you like it be colorful or vibrant -Go ahead and paint your Matka. Also take care not to paint the inside of the pot as it could be toxic.
  • Fill the Matka pot with soil
  • Water thoroughly and insert the cuttings into the Matka or kulfi pot.
  • And you are done!

Alternative Plants

If you wish to grow any plant apart from Jade plant in a matka or kulfi pot then you can choose a plant satisfying  the below conditions,

The plants would do well in Matka if
  • The plant has a shallow root system like the Jade plant. Other house plants like  common Pursulane (available in a lot of colors) or succulents can be used
  • The plant must be able to thrive in low to medium water conditions. Succulents, purslane and Tangled heart would work perfectly. The unglazed Matka (earthen pots) sucks out the excess water and prevents rotting. So don't worry if there is no hole at the bottom to drain out the excess water. Matka will do the job.
And your home decor Matka jade pot is ready. It can be used in decorating your study table, office table, Dining area, Kitchen or it can be hung in your balcony with a string tied to it.

Happy Gardening!!

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