How to Clone Jade Plants


Jade plants (Crassula argentea) are succulent houseplants with thick, fleshy leaves. The green leaves develop a red edge when grown in full sun exposure. The thick trunk grows in a twisted, asymmetrical form that develops into a bonsai appearance. The stem grows wider as the jade plants ages. In the right growing conditions, the jade plant produces clusters of tiny white flowers. Jade plants grow 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Cloning jade plants is the most common way of propagating this succulent.

Step 1

Wash a small clay plant pot with soapy water. Rinse the container with one part bleach and nine parts water. This prevents the spread of plant disease and gets rid of insect pests.

Step 2

Fill the small container with wet, clean sand. Wash the sand with the bleach rinse if you are reusing the sand. Rinse the sand well with hot water.

Step 3

Take a leaf-bud cutting with a sharp knife from the mother jade plant. Be sure to include the leaf, petiole (the leaf stalk) and a short piece of the main stem.

Step 4

Place the stem end into the clay plant pot of sand burying it 1/2 to 1 inch deep. Keep the leaf portion of the cutting above the soil level.

Step 5

Spray the sand with water until moist. Keep the sand damp until the cutting starts to produce new growth. Place the plant pot in a warm area out of direct sunlight.

Tips and Warnings

  • Check your jade plants for mealybug infestation whenever you water your plants. Mealybugs look like tiny puffs of cotton on the leaves. Wipe the leaves off with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. Do not spray the plant with insecticide soap since this causes damage to the leaves.

Things You'll Need

  • Small clay plant pot
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Bleach
  • Sand
  • Jade plant
  • Sharp knife
  • Spray bottle


  • NC State University: Plant Propagation by Leaf, Cane, and Root Cuttings
  • Texas AgriLife Extension Service: Jade Plant
  • Clemson University Extension: Jade Plant
Keywords: jade plant propagation, jade plant cloning, Crassula argentea

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Karen Carter has spent the last three years working as a technology specialist in the public school system. This position included hardware/software installation, customer support, and writing training manuals. She also spent four years as a newspaper editor/reporter at the Willapa Harbor Herald.