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 early summer.
This vine is Native to the Philippines, and needs plenty of room to grow. A vine left untrimmed can grow up to 60 feet tall.
Blooming begins when the trunk reaches ¾ inches in diameter. The woody vine itself has a thick trunk, branching out with Blue Jade Plant evergreen leaves that are a waxy light green.
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. The flowers are a beautiful turquoise color and sometimes used in lei making.
USDA Hardiness Zone: USDA Zone 10 and Up
Lighting: Full sun to partial shade. Benefits from direct sunlight.
Temperature: Thrives in temperatures above 55° F (13° C).
Humidity: Minimum humidity of 50% or higher; however, they will tolerate lower levels without harm.
Watering: Allow soil surface to dry between watering. Saturate soil until a water runs out of the bottom of the pot.
Fertilizer: 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).
Pruning: The best time to prune Emerald Creepers is after the flowering cycle is complete. If pruned too early, the flowering will slow down.
Propagation: 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.
Soil: 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.
Collecting Seeds: 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
Display Tips: 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).
Note: When planted in a container, Blue Jade Vines are more likely to flower in a large container, exposed to as much light as possible.
Strongylodon 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:
Receives plenty of sun and humidity.
Provides support such as a trellis, tree, or landscape structure.
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.
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.