How to Care for the Jade Plant


Crassula Ovata, also known as a jade plant, money plant, friendship tree or lucky plant, is a popular houseplant due to its easy-to-grow nature. But even the easiest of plants need a little tender-loving-care. With a small amount of water and a generous amount of understanding, jade plants will grow and prosper. In fact, these plants will grow up to 5 feet tall if cared for. Crassula Ovata is an evergreen succulent that resembles cacti with smooth oval leaves and a brown and woody stem. Some varieties will develop a reddish leaf tint when exposed to sunlight.

Lucky Jade

Step 1

Establish a regular watering routine. Jade plants do not need a lot of water. However, throughout the summer the plant does need water when the soil dries out. This is typically every other week. But check the soil prior to watering your jade. During the winter months, water less.

Step 2

Find the right light and temperature. Jade plants will grow well in full sun but they do not tolerate high heat. According to "Colour Guide to Flowering Perennials," all a jade needs is a window with good light. However, do not put the plant close to the glass where it may be damaged from excessive heat.

Step 3

Prune for compact growth and aesthetic appeal. Pruning jade plants encourages compact growth and thicker, healthier stems, and adds visual interest. Always prune using a sharp knife or set of shears and cut back to a lateral branch for the most aesthetic design.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not over-water. Over-watering jade plants is one of the most common ways people kill this houseplant. If an excess of leaves is falling from your jade, cut back on watering until the soil is completely dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Jade plant
  • Water
  • Pruning shears or knife


  • "Colour Guide to Flowering Perennials;" Susin Chow, Murdoch Books; 2003
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Leah Deitz has been writing alternative health and environmental-related articles for five years. She began her writing career at a small newspaper covering city politics but turned to environmental concerns after beginning her freelance career. When she is not exploring the trails and outdoors of the East Coast, Deitz writes for a number of websites including, and Associated Content.