How to Pot Dwarf Jade Bonsai Tree


A dwarf jade tree is a shrub or small tree that is often grown in containers and pruned and shaped to create an interesting and different kind of bonsai tree. Every few years it is necessary to move your dwarf jade bonsai tree from the pot that it has outgrown. Pot your dwarf jade bonsai tree in the spring and allow the soil to dry out first. Consider a rectangular shape for the pot or another shape that compliments the design of your bonsai.

Step 1


Step 2

Make your own bonsai soil to fill the pot. An easy recipe for beginners is one part loamy potting soil, two parts sphagnum moss and two parts granite grit.

Step 3

Lift your dwarf jade bonsai tree out of its current container. Use your hands if possible so you can feel and avoid cutting through the roots.

Step 4

Keep some of the soil intact around the roots and plant the tree to the same depth as it was planted before, even if it is originally an outdoor tree. Gently pack down the soil and be sure there is at least 1 inch left from the top of the soil to the rim of the pot.

Step 5

Set the pot in a partially shady area and wait to water your tree until you see new growth. Then set it in a sunny location and begin to water and care for your plant as normal.

Things You'll Need

  • Container larger than the existing one
  • Potting soil
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Granite grit


  • Bonsai Express: Dwarf Jade Bonsai
  • Bonsai Site: Bonsai Soil
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