Jade plants are one of the longest-living houseplants. They are happy living in the same pot for many years without transplanting. They can also stand a little neglect, as they need watering only when the soil dries out. As jade plants age, their oldest stems and branches turn woody and add another dimension to their appearance.
Choose the smallest pot possible for your jade plant. They like to be crowded in their pots. Select a pot that is only slightly larger than the root ball or 1 inch larger than the pot in which your jade plant currently is growing.
Grow jade plants in indoor potting soil specially formulated for succulents. This mixture contains a large amount of sand and allows the water to drain out of the pot quickly.
Put jade plants in an east- or west-facing window or in bright, indirect light.
Water only when the soil feels dry to the touch an inch below the surface. Set the entire pot into a larger bucket or a deep sink. Fill up the bucket or sink with water so it comes above the top of the pot. Let the plant sit in the water until bubbles stop rising from the pot. Remove from the bucket or sink and allow the excess water to drain out of the pot before returning the plant to its normal spot. Do not let potted jade plants sit in saucers that contain standing water.
Fertilize once a month during the growing season. Use water-soluble fertilizer mixed at half the strength recommended by the manufacturer. Apply the fertilizer to the plant the day after you give it a thorough watering.