How to Care for Jade Plants


The Jade plant is quite easy to take care of. It is low maintnance and brings life to any room.

Lighting-Jade plant needs anywhere between 3 and 5 hours of direct light a day, so a east or west facing window is ideal.

lightingWhen a Jade plant receives full sun the tips can turn red.

Watering-Allow the plants soil to dry out between waterings. If the leaves become wrinkled looking then the plant needs water. If a plant is over watered then it becomes susceptable to mealy bugs and root rot. Lack of waterThis Jade's leaves are wrinkled, so it needs to be watered.

Soil-Jades are a type of succulant, which means that they prefer cactus soil or a soil mixture that drains well.

Transplanting-The best time to transplant is in the summer for the Jade plant. It is best if you dont water before the transplant or after. This helps the roots that have been damaged to heal and it prevents root rot.

Pruning-It is possible to prune a Jade Plant. If the stems start to look leggy it is a good idea to prune it back. Cut the stem right before a ring. The new growth will come from that ring on the stem.

Propagation-There are two different ways you can propagate a Jade plant. One is by a stem cutting, to accomplish this you will need to cut a 5-10" stem and remove the lower leaves. Then allow the cutting to dry for a few days. That will promote root growth. After letting it dry, place it about 1-1 1/2" in a moist sandy soil or water and allow it several weeks to start to root. The second way of propagation is through leaf propagation. In order to do this you will need to take one leaf and allow it to dry for a few days. Then stick the leaf in soil at a 30 degree angle and just enough to cover the leaf end. It will take several weeks for this to root as well.

PropThis is a picture of a type of leaf propagation.