How To Care For A Jade Succulent

  • When watering jade plants after a month, feed them with Miracle-Gro Succulent Plant Food.
  • Remove branches that are withered or dead.
  • By cutting off pieces, you can put them in the ground to grow new jade plants.

In the 1970s, jade plants were omnipresent. They were the classic indoor plant that grew in macrame plant hangers. Thankfully, jade plants haven’t actually disappeared, and macram is currently popular once more. They are among the easiest houseplants to grow, and who doesn’t enjoy something that’s simple?

Does jade require a lot of sunlight?

Crassula ovata, Crassula argentea are their botanical names. Needs light: full sun, partial sun Sandy soil is preferred. Jade prefers moist soil—not wet—during the growing season (spring and summer), drier soil during the dormant season since it is less drought-tolerant than other succulent species (fall and winter). pH of the soil: zero Cold hardiness: If you keep Jade outside on your porch or patio, make sure it has access to the indoors when the temperature drops to 50 degrees or below. Cold hardiness is not one of Jade’s numerous talents.

How is a jade plant maintained indoors?

Making sure that jade plants receive the right amount of water is among the most crucial aspects of their maintenance. Never allow a jade plant to totally dry out. Additionally, avoid overwatering jade plants since this might lead to root rot. Put off watering your jade plant on a regular basis. Instead, water your jade plant when the top few inches of soil are just beginning to feel dry.

The most frequent reason for your jade plant losing leaves or developing leaf spots is typically due to inadequate watering.

Sunlight Requirements of a Jade Plant

The amount of sun that jade plants receive is a crucial component of their upkeep. They cannot grow adequately without direct sunlight. They could grow lanky and stunted if they don’t receive enough direct sunlight.

Proper Temperature for Jade Plants

The recommended daytime temperature for jade plants is 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 24 degrees Celsius), and the recommended nighttime temperature is 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 13 degrees Celsius). However, if they receive plenty of sunlight, they will be able to survive in temperatures higher than this.

Fertilizing Your Jade Plant

Fertilize your jade plant once every six months or so to ensure optimal upkeep. Make use of a well-balanced water-soluble fertilizer. The fact that you should first water your jade plant normally and then again with fertilizer water is crucial to remember. When the soil is dry, never fertilize your jade plant because this will harm the roots.

As you can see, taking care of a jade plant is not particularly difficult. Your gorgeous jade plant might someday turn into a pretty jade tree with a little tender loving care and proper jade plant maintenance.

Where to grow:

Jade plants can be grown indoors as houseplants or, in warmer climates, year-round outdoors. Moving indoor plants outside in the summer is beneficial because they grow more vigorously, produce more color, and respond better to the increased sunlight and warmer climate. To avoid shock and leaf burn, move to a spot that gets some direct sunlight, like a patio or porch. Bring back indoors in the fall when temperatures at night fall to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Temperature and humidity:

Jade plants may tolerate higher humidity levels even if they prefer dry conditions. The ideal temperature range for indoor spaces is 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, with overnight lows of 55 degrees. Avoid extremes because they may stress or even destroy plants.

Soil type:

To prevent root rot, jade plants require sufficient drainage. They can live in rocky or sandy natural soils. Use a cactus or succulent potting mix for indoor plants or outdoor containers, and add an equal amount of pumice or perlite to promote drainage. Jade plants can tolerate a range of soil pH values but prefer a neutral to slightly acidic environment.

Pot requirements:

Ensure that pots have sufficient drainage. Because terracotta clay pots are more porous, the soil can dry up more quickly, reducing the risk of root rot. Make sure there is sufficient drainage if using ceramic or plastic pots, and water them less frequently. Larger specimens, which have a tendency to topple over, will require larger pots to prevent this.


Cuttings of the stem or leaves of the jade plant can be easily multiplied. Stem propagation typically happens more quickly and successfully. Use cuttings that are healthy and disease-free when you are propagating throughout the warmer months.

  • Cut a few-inch-long stem immediately above a leaf node with a clean, sharp knife for stem cuttings. Remove the lower leaves, then let the cut end heal and callus. After a few weeks, tiny white roots will start to appear. Place the rooted end in a small pot or tray with an equal mixture of perlite and potting soil after dipping it in rooting hormone. Use little water. Treat the plant as you would a typical jade plant once the roots have taken.
  • For leaf cuttings, cut off individual leaves flush to the stem with a clean, sharp knife. Allow up to several weeks for drying. The leaf will start to shrink and turn brown as soon as little white roots start to appear. Put the roots in a potting soil and perlite mixture that is mixed in a 1:1 ratio. Water just when you notice a tiny new stem and leaf appearing. Treat them as you would a typical jade plant after they are several inches tall.

Is Jade simple to take care of?

Jade plants are often low maintenance and simple to cultivate, however they are prone to excessive dampness and a number of illnesses. Overwatering will undoubtedly be fatal for all succulents, so err on the side of keeping the soil too dry rather than overly moist.

Where in your home should you put a jade plant?

Who doesn’t adore the adorable Jade plant’s circular, dark green, coin-shaped leaves? The Jade plant, also known as Crassula ovata, is a common indoor houseplant with a tree-like look that requires very little maintenance to survive and thrive. Additionally, the plant is very significant in Feng Shui. The evergreen succulent is viewed as a representation of luck, fortune, and wealth. In addition, according to legend, caring for a jade plant can help you become extremely wealthy. Here’s how to set up the plant at home to get the most benefit from it.

  • The best and most efficient location for the jade plant to welcome luck and fortune is by the front gate of your home. It promotes continuing growth and radiates firmly rooted, upbeat energy.
  • According to Feng Shui, install a jade plant indoors in your hall or living room’s south-east corner to attract wealth luck. Venus, a planet associated with increased riches, rules the southeast.
  • Place the jade plant facing east to promote wellbeing, peace, and prosperous business. And it is advised to position it in the west if you want to encourage imagination and good fortune in children.
  • It is very fortunate and auspicious to keep it on your desk or in the southeast corner of the room.
  • The dining room is a beneficial site for a Jade plant to draw lucky chi energy, according to Feng Shui principles.
  • To stay in good health, place a healthy jade plant at the east corner of your house.
  • You should not allow the jade plant to grow higher than 3 feet, according to Lillian Too, a Feng Shui specialist.
  • Do not place the jade plant in the bathroom since it represents riches and you certainly don’t want your money to go down the drain.

As you can see, jade plants not only look stunning, bring a touch of nature and warmth to your home, but they also bring in much-needed financial and physical benefits. Purchase a Jade plant as soon as you can online. You never know when you might end up creating unicorns, after all!

How often should a jade succulent be watered?

Because jade plants are succulents (they store water in their leaves), they do better when their top 1 to 2 inches of soil are allowed to dry out between waterings. Watering once every two to three weeks will probably be necessary indoors, but make sure to check often! The plants are receiving too much water, therefore reduce the frequency and amount of watering if you notice blisters appearing on the leaves.

If you’ve put your jade plants outside for the summer, bring them inside if it’s predicted to rain continuously for more than a few days straight to prevent them from becoming waterlogged. You can do this beneath the porch or in the garage. Jade plants will develop more slowly in the winter and may require less frequent watering.

How can I determine the health of my jade plant?

If you squeeze a jade plant and the leaves feel mushy, your initial assumption is generally that the plant is dehydrated and needs more water. However, this is not always the case, so wait a while before watering it.

Jade plants have thick, robust leaves that feel water-filled to the touch. Your jade plant may be receiving too much water if its leaves are more floppy and “squishy” than they are stiff.

When the jade plant has root rot, which is directly brought on by over watering, soft leaves frequently appear. However, you might not be mistaken if you initially believed that because soft leaves can also be a sign of underwatering or dehydration.

Examining the roots and soil is the best approach to figure out whether the leaves are soft due to overwatering or underwatering.

Why do leaves on jade plants fall off?

What kind of lighting, watering, and fertilizer do jade plants require? I’ve been using fertilizer with the formulation 15-30-15. The leaves never stop falling.

A—Fertilize jade using a high first number fertilizer rather than a high second number fertilizer as you have been doing because jade is produced primarily for foliage, not flowers. Fish emulsion or a chemical substance like 23-21-17 would be ideal.

One of the most adaptive plants in the world is jade, also known as Crassula argentea to botanists. I’ve seen them clinging on in shadowy places, but jade needs at least a half-day of direct sunlight to grow successfully. This refers to a window with an east, south, or west facing view.

Jade really well in water. Pour out any extra liquid that forms in the saucer within 30 minutes. Wait to water again until the earth seems completely dry. Pinch out the growing tips numerous times between late winter and midsummer, when growth is at its most active. It promotes branching.

Jade leaves may drop early due to excessive moisture or aridity, a deficiency in soil nitrogen, or a need for additional sunlight. Mealybugs frequently damage this succulent. Once weekly until there are no more bugs, manually remove them with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol. Additionally, the potting soil for jade plants must have a quick drainage system. Peat moss, clean, sharp sand, and prepackaged all-purpose potting soil are used in roughly equal amounts by me.

Q: On my sunny terrace, I have dwarf cannas growing in 12-inch clay pots. What causes the leaf tips to keep falling off?

A: More water is needed for your cannas. They absolutely require bathing once a day for the situation you describe, possibly even twice in the hottest temperatures.

Outdoor container plants frequently require twice-daily thorough watering in the middle of summer. This soaking cools and refreshes the roots, but it also quickly leaches nutrients. Therefore, fertilizing frequently is beneficial.

Although cannas have an extraordinary tolerance for heat and even drying winds, they nevertheless require a continual supply of water in order to continue producing their large blossoms. Pick off wasted blooms right away to prevent the development of seeds. Trim any dead leaf tips with scissors.

Why do my indoor grapefruit tree’s new leaves curl up instead of opening flat like the old ones? Nearly 20 years old, the plant is over 9 feet tall and that wide. Only a small portion of it receives sunlight at once due to its size. It appears that there are no insects.


Congratulations! One of the biggest grapefruit trees kept in captivity must be yours. Insects like aphids are frequently to blame for the curling of young leaves that you describe, while a lack of sunlight may also play a role. I would use a sturdy kitchen knife to cut through the rootball of the plant in question, about an inch or two from the container walls. Remove the soil and roots that you can cut. Put fresh potting soil in its place, using two parts moistened peat moss to one part each of packaged all-purpose potting soil and sand. Water wisely.

The grapefruit tree’s top should also be pruned at the same time. Reduce fresh shoots by a few inches. I would definitely move it back at least a foot overall, given the size of the tree. Fertilize sparingly and frequently as new growth arises, alternating between fish emulsion and an acid fertilizer like Stern’s Miracid.

A few cinerarias I purchased this spring flourished well in a sheltered window box until the arrival of the hot weather. Will they re-grow from the roots if I prune the old growth?

Although professional propagators produce the majority of cinerarias, you can grow them from seeds at home. The season is after the heaviest heat of late summer or early October.

The Geo. W. Park Seed Co. Inc., Greenwood, South Carolina 29647, is one catalog source for cineraria seeds. Requesting the catalogue is free, but you must indicate that you want to order cineraria seeds.

Although Cineraria seeds are tiny, they sprout easily when planted in a moist planting media, particularly one that is delivered without soil. Keep moist, in temperatures that are mild (65 to 80 degrees). Transplant the seedlings into individual 3-inch pots once they are big enough to handle. Ample amounts of water are required, along with morning sun and possibly a periodic spray to ward against aphids. Cinerarias need to spend the winter somewhere without frost. In the fall and winter, they like low nighttime temperatures of 50 degrees or less, rising to no more than 65 degrees during the day.

Have you heard of Le Marche, a seed firm that specialized in French varieties? It was brought up in a recent piece on Alice Waters, who owns the California restaurant Chez Panisse.


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A: I have an eight-year-old lahoya plant with partially pink and partially purple leaves. How do I make it bloom?

A variegated hoya or wax blossom is what you got. In the spring and summer, this plant need an abundance of sunshine, water, fertilizer, and warmth. Keep cool, water less so the soil is on the dry side but not so dry that the leaves shrivel, and avoid fertilizing during the fall and winter. Flowering should take place the following late spring or summer, once you switch the conditions from cool-weather lean to warm-weather fat, after the whole cycle of two fat seasons followed by two lean seasons. Fish emulsion and a 15-30-15 fertilizer are alternately used in the spring and summer.

What nutrients ought I to include? Would charcoal be okay in the water? Do I add water or do I change the water?

A—At the moment, I have the following plants growing in vases and water bottles in both my window and fluorescent-lit gardens: coleus, dracaena, pleomele, philodendron, peperomia, hoya, pink Cissus adenopoda, episcia, English ivy, pothos, and arrowhead nephythtis. I change the water around once a month and then clean the container with sudsy warm water, rinsing off any algae from the roots and submerged stems. A heaping teaspoon of horticultural charcoal chips and one-fourth teaspoon of 20-20-20 fertilizer—or a fertilizer with a comparable NPK ratio, such Rapidgro 23-21-17—are added to one quart of fresh water. With the same diluted fertilizer water, I top off these numerous miniature hydroponic gardens in between.

This is a tried-and-true method of growing indoor plants. The majority of us get started when we unintentionally break off cuttings and, frequently too busy at the time to place them in a rooting media such moistened peat moss and sand, we just stick them into the closest vase, bottle, or jar of water.

The roots that are grown in water differ from those that are grown on soil. But any cutting that has successfully grown in water may usually be replanted in a soil-based media. For a few days, until the leaves begin to harden up, enclose the planting in clear plastic to facilitate a smooth transition.

People who have severe allergies to soil-borne pathogens frequently discover that they can grow houseplants in water without experiencing any unsettling side effects. Insect control and lighting requirements are the same as for plants growing in soil. Although Elvin McDonald is unable to react to every inquiry personally, he will address those that are of general interest in this column. Write to him at The Tribune, 435 North Michigan Avenue, Room 400, Chicago, Illinois, 60611.