How to Care for a Dollar Tree Plant


The dollar tree plant (Crassula portulacea), more commonly called a jade plant, is an attractive, deep-green succulent that produces white or pink flowers during winter. This plant can be grown outdoors in regions where temperatures do not fall below 30 degrees F. In cooler climates, it must be grown as a houseplant or as a potted patio plant and moved back inside for the winter.

Step 1

Select a flower pot that has good drainage. If you are uncertain about how well your preferred pot will drain, you can add a layer of pea-sized gravel to the bottom. Fill the pot three-fourths of the way with cactus growing mix.

Step 2

Place the dollar tree plant into the soil at the same level as it was planted in its original container. Replace the loosened soil and pat down well. Add enough water to saturate the soil.

Step 3

Drench the plant when watering and then allow it to become almost dry before adding more water. Pour off any moisture that has run through to the bottom tray of the flower pot so that it will not be reabsorbed, which could result in overwatering and root rot.

Step 4

Fertilize with a 10-20-10 fertilizer every other week throughout the growing season. Stop feeding altogether in early fall.

Step 5

Move the dollar tree plant indoors before the first frost and place near a sunny window for the winter. Take the plant back outside after all danger of frost has passed in spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Flower pot
  • Cactus growing mix
  • 10-20-10 fertilizer


  • North Dakota State University Extension: Question on Jade Plants
  • The Garden Helper: Growing Jade Plants
  • Plant Care: Jade Plant
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