How to Take Care of a Baby Jade Succulent Plant

Overview

Baby jade plants (Crassula ovata) are easy to grow and require little in the way of special care. Because of their simple nature, succulents have the reputation of being easy to grow and maintain. Jade plants make excellent container specimens and are prefect as drought-tolerant plantings in the xeriscape garden. Mature jades can reach 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide and larger. However, 2 feet to 3 feet is more common. They're the perfect plant for beginning gardeners.

Step 1

If the baby jade plant is a new cutting, place it in a location where it'll receive bright light, but not direct sun. The soil should be kept moist like a wrung-out sponge at all times while it's rooting.

Step 2

After 2 - 4 weeks the baby jade plant will have grown it's own roots and can be cared for like a mature jade. Once the jade has established it's own root system, let the soil become completely dry between waterings.

Step 3

Jades like warm, dry climates and full sun or bright light. These succulents preference is well-drained, loamy soil. However, they take to heavy, clay soils, as well. They grow well in zones 8, 9, 12-24; H1 and H2.

Step 4

Jade plants grown in zones 8, 9, 12-15, and 18-21 will need overhead protection during the cold months so their leaves don't freeze. If jades are planted in the yard or garden in the hottest areas such as zones 12 - 13, they'll grow best in a spot that has a northern exposure.

Step 5

Natural symmetry is part of the jade plant's charm so no pruning is required. These succulents have little pink blooms in the fall.

References

  • "American Horticultural Society's Plant Propagation"; Alan Toogood; 1999
  • Sunset's "Western Garden Book"; 2009
Keywords: baby jade care, jade plant, drought-tolerant plants

About this Author

Chris McLaughlin has been gardening for over 30 years and is a Master Gardener in the San Francisco Bay Area. She's on staff as a blogger for Vegetable Gardener.com, a contributor to Fine Gardening.com, and the San Francisco Gardening Examiner at Examiner.com. She's written for magazines such as The Herb Companion and Urban Farm, and just finished her book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Composting.