How to Clean Your Jade Plant


The jade plant, or Crassula, is sometimes referred to as the friendship tree or money plant. This handsome South African native is commonly kept as a specimen by many home gardeners. Its thick, fleshy, jade green leaves and starlike flowers make the plant an appealing specimen for bonsai enthusiasts, as well. Like any other surface in your home, your jade plant's leaves are apt to behave as dust magnets. Spend a little quality time with your jade by occasionally removing dust and debris particles to maintain its glossy good looks.

Step 1

Pull off any of your jade plant's leaves or stems that feel very loose or flimsy. They're going to fall from the plant anyway.

Step 2

Remove any leaves or other plant materials that have fallen onto the soil surface. This will go a long way in reducing pest and disease infestations.

Step 3

Set the jade plant outside in the shade occasionally when you have very light or misty rainfall during the warm months. Do this right before you plan to water throughout the growing season, if you wish. Your plant will love the fresh air, and the rainwater will gently cleanse it without leaving water spots on the leaves.

Step 4

Set the jade plant in the bathtub and sprinkle it with a gentle shower if you're unable to bathe it with outdoor rainfall.

Step 5

Wipe dust from all of the jade plant's leaf surfaces with a clean, soft cloth moistened with water. Never use any kind of oil or plant cleaner on your jade.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean, soft cloth


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Axl J. Amistaadt began as a part-time amateur freelance writer in 1985, turned professional in 2005, and became a full-time writer in 2007. Amistaadt’s major focus is publishing material for GardenGuides. Areas of expertise include home gardening, horticulture, alternative and home remedies, pets, wildlife, handcrafts, cooking, and juvenile science experiments.