How to Care for Indoor Jade Plants


Jade plants are succulents that are often grown indoors in temperate zones. Their thick leaves store water, and one of the biggest mistakes made with jade plants is over watering. Water only when the soil is dry an inch below the surface; too much water will cause leaves to drop off or the plant to die altogether.

Step 1

Place your indoor jade plant in bright indirect light, such as that found in an east- or west-facing window.

Step 2

Re-pot jade plants only as necessary; they like to be crowded in their pots. A good rule of thumb is to only transplant jade plants every two to three years.

Step 3

Water sparingly. Let the soil dry out between waterings. One method is to set the pot into a sink or bucket of water and let it absorb the water through the drainage holes until bubbles stop rising from the soil. Set the pot on a water-catching saucer and let the excess water drain. Remove from saucer. Don't let it sit in a water-filled saucer.

Step 4

Do not fertilize jade plants; they prefer poor, unimproved soil and will grow unevenly if fertilized.

Step 5

Prune during the winter, if desired. This is when jade plants are in their active growth phase.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Watering can


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Sharon Sweeny has a college degree in general studies and worked as an administrative and legal assistant for 20 years before becoming a professional writer in 2008. She specializes in writing about home improvement, self-sufficient lifestyles and gardening.