How to Grow a Jade Plant

Overview

Jade plant (Crassula argentea) is a succulent that is native to the dry hillsides of South Africa. Gardeners need to consider this when trying to grow a jade plant. Too much care can actually kill the plant. Jade plants make great container plants, easily grown indoors if placed in a sunny location. Caring for and growing jade plants is relatively basic and even a novice gardener will have success with them. Jade plants also make a good outdoor container plant.

Step 1

Select a container that is several times larger than the jade plant's root ball. This will allow the plant's root system to have room to develop, since the jade plant can become top heavy as it matures. Choose a container that has drain holes.

Step 2

Fill the container 2/3 full with a lightweight potting mix that includes peat moss. Choose a potting mix that has some type of organic material in it and drains well. Jade plants require a soil medium that is organic in nature and has appropriate drainage to survive.

Step 3

Place the jade plant into the center of the container, holding it upright with one hand, if needed. Fill the remainder of the container with potting mix and pat down firmly around the base of the jade plant until it can stand upright fully on its own.

Step 4

Water the jade plant until water runs out of the drain hole. Continue watering the jade plant only when the soil has become completely dry. Stick your finger into the container and feel the soil. If it is dry to the touch, water the jade plant. If it still feels moist, hold back on the water until the soil becomes dry. Pour out any standing water that the plant does not consume.

Step 5

Fertilize the jade plant several times per month with a water soluble 10-10-10 liquid fertilizer. This will give the plant extra nutrients it requires to grow at its best.

Step 6

Situate the container in an area with the same light conditions the plant grew in before planted into the container. Harden off the plant by slowly allowing it to adjust to new light conditions, if the desired site is much different from the original, by exposing it to the new light conditions for a little while each day. After several weeks of hardening off, the jade plant should be ready to live in its new location.

Things You'll Need

  • Container
  • Potting mix
  • Water soluble fertilizer

References

  • Information on Jade Plants
  • Jade Plant Growing Tips
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Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.