How to Replant a Jade Plant


Grown as a houseplant in most areas and as an outdoor plant in subtropical climates, jade can grow into a shrub 5 feet tall and will regularly outgrow its container if potted. Gardeners need to replant jade when the plant grows too large for its container or when the jade gets a pest like scale or aphids. A healthy jade should be replanted every two to three years into a pot the next size up from the one you've been using.

Step 1

Place a mesh screen in the bottom of your new container. Then fill the bottom 1 to 2 inches of the container with gravel. This helps improves the drainage quality in the pot so that your jade isn't sitting in water. Always use pots with drainage holes for succulents.

Step 2

Fill the container 1/2 full with cactus potting mix.

Step 3

Pull the jade out of its container by grasping the trunk and pulling up. Most jade plants should come right out. If yours does not, loosen the top of the soil by working a fork into it, then try to pull the plant out again.

Step 4

Break apart the cluster of soil and unwind the jade plant's roots. Trim back the edges of any broken roots with pruners. Continue to work the root ball until you've untangled the roots and can verify that all roots are healthy.

Step 5

Place the jade plant in its new container so that it's sitting at the same depth as it was in the old container. Fill in the rest of the container with cactus potting soil.

Step 6

Water the newly planted jade to compress the soil around the plant's roots. Place your transplanted jade in a sunny location.

Things You'll Need

  • Container
  • Mesh screen
  • Scissors
  • Gravel
  • Cactus potting mix
  • Jade plant
  • Fork
  • Water


  • Ron Smith, Horticulturust: Qustions on Jade Plants
  • Colorado State University: Jade Plant
Keywords: jade plant, repot jade, transplant jade

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