Jade Care Guide

Jade plants are a favorite in feng shui, the shape of their leaves resembling coins representing wealth and prosperity. Place this plant near the entryway or a southeast location to proliferate success.
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  • Light : High

    This plant requires bright, indirect light preferably in a southern exposure.

  • Water : Low

    Allow the soil to dry out between waterings or register a 3 on the plant meter scale before watering again. Use filtered, bottled, or tap water sitting 24 hours to release the chemicals and water enough that the water discharges out of the drainage holes. Once the water is fully drained, replace them into the cache or decorative pot.

  • Humidity : Low

    This plant doesn't require high humidity.

  • Temp : 60℉ - 77℉

    Daytime temps should be between 60°F-77°F and nighttime temperatures can fluctuate between 50 and 55° F. Protect jade plants from cold drafts and do not next to a windowpane.

  • Zone : 10|11

    Grow this plant outdoors where temperatures range from 30°F to 50°F in the winter months if well established. Preferred treatment would be to move your plant indoors during colder times of the year to prevent cold or frost damage.

  • Fertilizer : Seasonally

    Apply a balanced fertilizer at half-strength every other month in the growing season.

  • Repotting : 4 Years


    When receiving the Jade plant, do not repot immediately but wait at least 6-12 months or if the roots are beginning to get crowded and growing through the drainage holes. Wearing gloves (the sap is toxic), repot in the spring, using a 2 inches bigger pot to keep the roots drier. (Too big of a planter could cause the soil to dry slower.) Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow to drain. Use succulent and cacti mix with perlite to help with drainage. Water your plant in the old pot before transferring over and let sit overnight. Add well-draining interior potting (cacti and succulent) soil to the bottom to elevate the root ball. Lift the plant and release the roots against the existing planter. Use a clean knife or garden trowel to wedge between the pot and the soil to loosen. Inspect the root ball. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim them off with sterile pruners. Ensure the plant is sitting about 1 inch below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage. Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Fill up to the soil line but not over. Do not water again until the soil is registering three on the plant meter. Wait a month to fertilize after transplanting to avoid the roots potentially burning. If soil settling occurs after watering, add more periodically but do not cover the trunk above the surface.

  • Cleaning : As needed

    To clean the leaves and alleviate dust particles, give them a shower from above. Fill a watering can with filtered, distilled or tap water that has been sitting for 24 hours. Place the plant in a sink and lightly wash the leaves with a shower spray end watering can. Trim off discolored spots with a sterile knife. Remove any debris from the soil and replenish soil if needed. Remove any dead or damaged leaves off very carefully with pruners. Refrain from pruning otherwise. Inspect for any insects at this time.

  • Propagation : Cuttings


    Take a stem cutting between 3-4 inches long with leaves attached with sanitized pruners. Allow the wound to heal (dry). Set them in a dry, warm spot to callous over. Use a pot with drainage. and place the stem 1-2 inches down into a potting mixture of half and half vermiculite or perlite and succulent and cacti soil mix. Keep the soil slightly damp while the cuttings root. (Expect 6-8 weeks for roots to establish. After rooting, treat them as you would a Jade plant normally and let the soil get almost dry between waterings.