Blue Jade Vine
Spectacular Tropical Vine
The Blue Jade Vine (also known as Emerald Creeper, Flor-de-Jade, and
Strongylodon macrobotrys) is a beautiful tropical vine that puts on a
spectacular display of turquoise colored flowers.
This exotic climbing vine produces a cascade of gorgeous blue-green
flowers that dangle in midair.
The cascade of turquoise flowers grows to over a foot in
length. The blue-green flowers bloom from spring through
Blue jade vine is Native to the Philippines, and needs plenty of room
to grow. Blooming begins when the trunk reaches ¾ inches in diameter.
The woody vine itself has a thick trunk, branching out with
leaves that are a waxy light green.
A vine left untrimmed can grow up
to 60 feet tall.
The flowers of the Emerald Creeper are dramatically vivid.
The stalk of
flowers drops from the vine, can reach over 5 feet in length, and
consists of 50 to 100 flowers. Each curved flower is 2 to 4 inches.
flowers are a beautiful turquoise color and sometimes used in lei
Blue Jade Vine
Information and Plant Care Tips
USDA Hardiness Zone:
USDA Zone 10 and Up
Full sun to partial shade. Benefits from direct sunlight.
Thrives in temperatures above 55° F (13° C).
Minimum humidity of 50% or higher; however, they will
tolerate lower levels without harm.
Allow soil surface to dry between watering. Saturate soil
until a water runs out of the bottom of the pot.
Feed ½ tsp of fertilizer per gallon of water twice a month.
Use a balanced fertilizer (15-15-15) or a blooming fertilizer (7-9-5).
best time to prune Emerald Creepers is after the flowering
cycle is complete. If pruned too early, the flowering will slow down.
Blue Jade Vine can be propagated from stem cuttings and by
grafting. Propagate from an existing jade vine by taking cuttings of
approximately nine inches long. Start them using a rooting hormone.
Neutral to Acidic
Pests and Diseases:
Possible pests include aphids, mites, mealy bugs
and scale insects. At the first sign of infestation, use an
insecticidal soap spray.
Allow pods to dry on the plant. Break open the pods
to collect the seeds.
Seeds do not store well. Germinate as soon as possible
Blue Jade Vines need support. They can be planted in a
container, or near a trellis, a tree, or the side of a landscape
structure (such as a garden shed).
planted in a container, Blue Jade Vines are more likely to
flower in a large container, exposed to as much light as possible.
How to Grow Blue Jade Vine
Macroboytrys can be propagated from stem cuttings, by grafting, or by
germinating seeds. If you live in a tropical climate, these climbing
vines are best planted in the ground near a trellis, tree, or the side
of a landscape structure, such as a garden shed.
In cooler climates,
plant Jade Vines in a container for easy overwintering.
What You Need:
- Jade vine seeds
- Tree fern fiber
- Germination flat
- Plastic sheet
Receives plenty of sun and humidity.
Provides support such as a trellis, tree, or landscape structure.
- Add equal parts of vermiculite and shredded tree fern fiber
to the germination flat.
out jade vine seeds evenly on the surface of the germination flat.
Press each seed down approximately 1/4 inch deep into the planting
mixture. Cover the seed with a thin layer of the mixture.
watering the flat thoroughly, cover the surface with a sheet of
plastic. To keep the soil warm and maintain the moisture level, secure
the ends of the plastic to the bottom of the flat.
- Place the
flat in location that does not receive direct sunlight. Growing mixture
should never become completely dry. The seeds will germinate in
approximately ten to fourteen days.
- When the seeds have sprouted, remove the plastic. Continue
to keep the soil moist.
the seedlings when they have passed their tender stage and have begun
to crowd each other. Add a mixture of equal parts top soil, black sand
and humus, along with a small amount of garden fertilizer to a small
- In the first few days after planting the
seedlings, place the container in a shady, well protected area. Young
plants are ready to be transplanted into their permanent home when they
have become root bound.
Be sure to provide
support. Plant near a
trellis, tree, or the side of a landscape structure, such as a garden
shed. Ideal spacing is 12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m) apart.
Additional General Growing
Add a small amount of fertilizer to the water you use for keeping the
flat moist after seeds sprout.
Be sure to water Blue Jade Plants during dry periods. Fertilize them
twice a year with a general garden fertilizer.