When you choose a succulent jade plant, you may be surprised at the ease with which the jade plant thrives and grows into a healthy and sizable plant. Propagating a new jade plant from an existing plant is equally simple. Take a cutting of a jade plant and it will quickly root in new potting soil. Soon you will have new jade plants ready to nurture.
Take a cutting from a healthy jade plant that is approximately 4 inches long. Remove the stem from the plant at just below a leaf node. Remove any leaves from the bottom inch of the stem and discard them.
Place the stem in a warm and dry location and allow the stem to dry for approximately one week. The stem will be moist and weepy at first. You must wait to plant the stem until the wounds on the stem form a callous over them.
Prepare the planting container by filling it to the top with potting soil. Moisten the potting soil with water and allow the water to drain out the bottom of the container.
Insert the bottom inch of the stem into rooting hormone after the drying period elapses. If the rooting hormone will not stick to the stem, moisten the stem slightly and dust the stem with the rooting hormone.
Make a hole in the center of the potting soil with your finger and insert the stem into the hole. Press the potting soil firmly around the stem so the stem stands upright in the center of the container.
Place the plastic bag over the container. Do not let the bag touch the stem. Secure the bag to the container by placing a rubber band around the rim of the container.
Place the container in a warm and shady location. Spray the potting soil only enough to keep it moist---the stem cutting does not need excessively moist potting soil to root.
Watch for new growth on the stem within approximately one month. When you see new growth, move the container to a location that receives more sunlight and remove the plastic bag. Do not place it in direct sunlight yet, however. Gradually increase the amount of direct sun the stem receives over a two-week period until the cutting is acclimated to direct sunlight.