How to Plant & Prune Jade


Jade plants can add interest to any planter in your home and create a calming atmosphere in the room you put it in. Known in some cultures to bring good luck or wealth, the jade is also a good tolerant plant for inexperienced and seasoned growers alike. Jade is an easy care plant, and when well taken care of an older jade will even bloom in appreciation.

Step 1

Place a fresh cutting from another jade plant into a shallow dish of water and allow it to form roots for a few weeks before moving forward. If your jade is already a small potted plant then skip this step.

Step 2

Fill the bottom of a small pot with pea gravel enough to cover the bottom. Add succulent soil over the gravel and fill the pot to the top.

Step 3

Create a small hole in the center of the soil with your hand either the size of the pot your jade is in, or the size of your cutting's width plus the bottom inch and a half of stem.

Step 4

Slip the cutting into the hole an inch to an inch and a half deep and press the soil in around the cutting to hold it up. For a potted jade, carefully take the pot away from the root ball and set the root ball into the hole, filling in the area around it with soil.

Step 5

Water the soil enough to moisten it throughout and continue to water the plant weekly over the summer months and only once every two weeks during the winter.

Step 6

Prune a jade with sharp shears in early spring only enough to shape the plant and keep it balanced, but not to keep its size down. When you cut, be sure to clip a branch off cleanly just after a leaf set or where it branches away from a main branch.

Tips and Warnings

  • While jades are hardy and can survive drought, they are sensitive to heavy movement, so place your jade in a low traffic area of the house to keep the leaves from being knocked off.

Things You'll Need

  • Jade cutting or small potted plant
  • Small bowl
  • Small 4-to-6-inch pot
  • Pea gravel
  • Cactus and succulent soil
  • Pruning shears


  • "37 Houseplants Even You Can't Kill"; Mary Kate Hogan; 2006
  • "The Garden Primer"; Barbara Damrosch; 2008

Who Can Help

  • Jade Plant
Keywords: plant and prune jade, planting and pruning jade, starting a jade plant

About this Author

Margaret Telsch-Williams is a freelance, fiction, and poetry writer from the Blue Ridge mountains. When not writing articles for Demand Studios, she works for as a contributor and podcast co-host.