How to Water Jade Plants


A jade plant, known scientifically as Crassula argentea, is a succulent plant, which means that it takes up and holds a lot of water. Jade is commonly planted as a houseplant, and in ideal conditions it can grow to a height of up to 10 feet tall. Jades can be fussy plants, and one of their main problem points is watering. Too much water can cause root rot and too little water can cause the plant to dry up. Knowing how and when to water your jade plant will keep it healthy for years.

Step 1

Feel your jade plant's soil. If it is moist, allow it to dry out.

Step 2

Water the jade plant thoroughly until water begins to run out into the bottom tray. Once you see the water begin to come out, stop watering. Water your plant by pouring the water onto the soil on the side of the container, not from directly overhead.

Step 3

Wait 30 minutes then empty any standing water that has run out from the pot.

Step 4

Allow the jade plant soil to completely dry before watering it again.

Step 5

Water the jade plant only once a month during cooler winter months, as the plant is in a dormant phase.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never allow water to sit in the drain tray underneath a jade planter, as the standing water can damage the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Water


  • The Garden Helper: Growing Jade Plants
  • North Dakota State University Extension: Questons on Jade Plants
  • Old Fashioned Living: Growing Jade Plants
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A freelance writer for more than 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.