Jade plant has been a popular indoor houseplant for over 50 years, with various types of jade plants going in and out of fashion throughout the years. The different types of jade plants are not so dissimilar from one another and often require the same care, although outdoor varieties may need their own special maintenance.
Jade plants make wonderful houseplants. Being succulent they are well known for their ‘easy to care for nature and are excellent for first-timers and veterans alike. The most important thing to know if you’ve just purchased one is how to care for it. So follow our care instructions below and soon you’ll be giving all your friends tips on how to care for aCrassula ovata at home.
How to Care for a Jade Plant?
As with all succulents knowing how often to water a jade plant is imperative to ensure healthy growth. This succulent is susceptible to rot so make sure you don’t overwater your plant. Allow the soil to dry out between watering and double-check your houseplant is situated in the correct type of soil for a jade plant and an appropriate pot. Most people will buy jade plants from a garden center already potted so read the label carefully to make sure yours is in a terracotta or plastic pot with holes in the bottom filled with cactus soil or a mixture of potting soil and sand- this is the best soil for jade plants. If you realize your plant is not in ideal conditions for growth then learn below how to repot it.
How to Repot a Jade Plant?
Repotting any plant can seem like a tricky affair. But if done correctly it can have marvelous effects.
- Step 1. Remove your jade plant from its current pot by grasping the base firmly and gently pulling it out of the soil. It is best to repot your jade plant when the soil is completely dry.
- Step 2. Shake or brush off as much of the current soil as possible – you can use an old toothbrush to really get into all those nooks and crannies. Once the majority of soil is removed check the roots for any rot and trim accordingly.
- Step 3. Grab your new pot (preferably a terracotta pot with drainage holes). Jade plants like to feel snug so don’t opt for a container that is too large. Half fill your pot with cactus soil or a potting mix of organic soil and sand and place your plant on top, spreading out the roots. Continue to fill the pot with your soil of choice until the roots are fully submerged and pat down to ensure it is sturdy.
- Step 4. Place your jade plant in its new location (see below for the ideal light requirements) and wait a week before watering to give the roots time to settle into their new environment.
Jade plants love light! These funky little succulents just adore sunlight. Making sure your jade plant has access to at least 6-8 hours of bright indirect sunlight each day is very important if you want your plant to thrive and the vibrant colors to pop. Kitchen windows are usually an excellent location for your early years jade plant.
How to Grow a Jade Plant?
Knowing how to grow jade plants indoors is a great skill to have, especially if you are just dying to propagate the one you already have and start your very own succulent garden. You can never have too many jade plants. Jade plants are sometimes called ‘Money Plants’ or ‘Lucky Plants’ so they really are a great addition to your home and also make incredible housewarming gifts. So understanding how to prune a jade plant and how to root a jade plant cutting is absolutely essential for growing many little succulents from home.
How to Propagate a Jade Plant?
Jade plants are one of the easiest plants to propagate with their unrelenting ability to adapt to new conditions simply planting one of the leaves in a potting mix and following the instructions on how to root a jade plant below will have you propagating your jade plant endlessly.
How to Root a Jade Plant?
If you wish to know how to grow a jade plant from a cutting then be sure to follow this step-by-step guide.
- Step 1. Cut off a healthy branch around 3 inches in length. (Or use one of the leaves). Leave your cutting to dry out significantly for approximately 10 days. If you choose to propagate from leaves, then no need to dry the leaf out.
- Step 2. As with repotting (see above), find an appropriate container and fill a little over halfway with a good well-draining potting soil mix. Place your cutting cut-side-down in the soil and fill it to the top. Your cutting should still be visible above the soil.
- Step 3. Place your cutting in a location with ideal lighting conditions and water very sparingly in the early stages. We recommend watering until the soil is damp, not wet until the roots have properly formed.
- Step 4. Now your cutting has fully formed roots you can start your maintenance as you would an older jade plant. Watering every 2-3 weeks allows the soil to dry out significantly between watering and helps avoid root rot.
To provide the ultimate jade plant care, you may find yourself needing to prune your plant once in a while. It can be difficult to know exactly how big jade plants get but pruning them is a sure-fire way to give it the best chance of successful lengthy growth. Pruning a jade plant is easy, simply cut off any dead branches or leaves and watch as they grow back!
As there are many types of succulents, it is very important when you first purchase one to ensure you read the label clearly and know if you plan to grow your jade plant indoors or outdoors as different varieties thrive better in different conditions. Making sure you’ve chosen the perfect houseplant variety for your chosen location is the best way to help yourself. Whilst jade plants may be easy to grow and care for, even then most proficient gardeners would struggle to maintain an outdoor variety indoors.
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