How to Grow a Money Plant

Overview

The jade plant is one of several plants known as money plants because having them in your home is supposed to bring good fortune. The plant is an easy-to-care-for succulent that can grow into a large houseplant if provided with a sunny windowsill and ignored for long periods of time. It is a native to the warm climates of South Africa and Madagascar, but adapts very well to the warm, dry environment of a home.

Step 1

Mix one part compost, one part peat moss and two parts sand to pot jade plants in. Plant money plants in a container that is heavy enough to prevent them from tipping over and only slightly larger than their current container. Jade plants do very well when root bound.

Step 2

Place a jade plant container in a sunny, south-facing windowsill. Money plants do best when they receive at least four hours of direct afternoon sun.

Step 3

Set your thermostat to around 68 degrees. Jade plants thrive when daytime temperatures range between 65 and 75 degrees and nighttime temperatures fall between 50 and 55 degrees.

Step 4

Move money plants back from windows during winter to protect them from drafts. Place jade plants approximately 1 foot away from a grow light during winter months.

Step 5

Check soil daily. Water plants to keep the soil as wet as a wrung-out sponge in spring and summer. Allow soil to dry between watering sessions in fall and winter.

Step 6

Fertilize jade plants with a balanced (10-10-10) liquid fertilizer formulated for houseplants once every three months.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Peat moss
  • Sand
  • Container
  • Grow light
  • Balanced liquid fertilizer (10-10-10)
  • Watering can

References

  • BBC Home: Jade Plants as Houseplants
  • Colorado State University: Jade plant
  • Clemson University Extension: Jade Plants

Who Can Help

  • Texas A&M Extension: Jade Plants
Keywords: Money plant, feng shui, Jade plant

About this Author

Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."