How to Repot a New Jade Plant


The jade plant (Crassula ovate) is a succulent that reaches a mature height of 5 feet when not pruned and trimmed. The plant does well in USDA hardiness zones 8 through 11, and the Colorado State University Extension recommends maintaining an indoor temperature of 50 degrees F to 75 degrees F. Most growing containers from greenhouses and commercial growers are too small for a new jade plant, so it is important to repot immediately to allow the plant to adjust to the new container and provide ample room for roots.

Step 1

Combine one part potting soil and one part organic compost in a small bucket. Mix thoroughly. A potting soil medium with half organic matter is best for the jade plant, advises the Colorado State University Extension.

Step 2

Select a potting container that is twice the diameter of the root ball of the new jade plant. Fill 1/4 of the container with potting soil mixture from the bucket. Tap the soil down firmly with your fingertips.

Step 3

Turn the potted jade plant upside down. Grasp the plant at the base and gently tug out of the original container. Place the plant inside the new potting container with the root ball touching the potting soil mixture.

Step 4

Fill in the pot with potting soil mixture until the pot is 3/4 full. Lightly tap the dirt to secure around the root ball.

Step 5

Water the new jade plant with lukewarm tap water until water drains from the drainage hole. Allow the plant to completely drain and place in desired location.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never place a new jade plant next to a very hot or very cold window. Avoid over-fertilizing and never add fertilizer to dry soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Organic compost
  • Small bucket
  • Potting container
  • Jade plant
  • Water


  • Colorado State University Extension Plant Talk: Jade Plant

Who Can Help

  • Guide to Houseplants: Jade Plant Care
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Daniel Smith graduated from technical school in 1993 and has been writing since 2005. His has written numerous articles for the instructional website called eHow in areas including gardening, home improvement, celebrating special events and health-related topics.