Jade vine: a beginner’s guide

Photo by David Clode on Unsplash.

Jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) or emerald creeper is a species native to the Philippine forests. This woody vine is locally called tayabak and is recognized for its remarkable jade flowers that look like claws. This plant is now endangered and must be protected from deforestation.

Photo by David Clode on Unsplash.

If you happen to have a permit to grow this protected species, here’s what you need to keep in mind:

Jade vines can thrive best in greenhouses, but growing them as an ornamental plant is possible, too, given that it is allowed to raise them in your locality or is covered by a permit issued by the relevant authority.

Jade vines demand sufficient direct sunlight for them to thrive. Otherwise, lack of sun exposure may cause damage to their roots. If grown as a houseplant, plant them in clay pots to allow their roots to breathe. Use soilless potting mix for easy drainage and provide a trellis where they can climb. 

In terms of maintenance, water them when the topsoil is already dry. Jade vine grows best in a humid environment. Apply fertilizer twice a month or when necessary. 

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