How to Care for Chinese Jade Plants


The Chinese jade plant (Crassula arborescens), also known as the silver dollar plant, is a succulent native to Southern Africa. Chinese jade has attractive, waxy leaves and develops delicate white or pink flowers in winter. This plant grows up to 10 feet tall and can survive temperatures as low as 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Chinese jade does not require a lot of attention and can continue to thrive even when neglected.

Step 1

Choose a potting container with several drainage holes. Fill the container three-fourths of the way with cactus growing mix. Plant the Chinese jade at the same depth as it was growing in its original container.

Step 2

Water just enough to moisten but not completely saturate the soil. Place the pot outdoors in a location that receives full sun to partial shade the majority of the day. Continue to water the plant whenever the soil feels very dry to the touch.

Step 3

Fertilize every three months with a liquid houseplant fertilizer mixed as directed on the package.

Step 4

Water only once every two weeks starting in early fall. Water every four weeks during the winter months.

Step 5

Move the Chinese jade plant to a south-facing windowsill in early fall, before the first frost, if you live in zone 9 or below. The plant can be taken back outdoors in spring, after all danger of frost has passed.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not overwater Chinese jade plants, as they are susceptible to root rot if the soil remains too moist.

Things You'll Need

  • Cactus growing mix
  • Potting container
  • Liquid houseplant fertilizer


  • University of North Dakota Extension: Jade Plants
  • Botanical Online: Crassula arborescens
  • Desert Tropicals: Silver Dollar Plant, Beestebul
  • Clemson University Extension: Jade Plant
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