How to Flower a Jade Plant

Overview

Jade plants are succulent plants that hold water in their leaves like cacti. They are usually sold and grown as lush green houseplants, rather than flowering houseplants. While jades do flower on occasion, it is inconsistent and cannot be forced. However, by properly caring for your jade plant and giving it the best environment and culture possible, you are more likely to have one that flowers.

Step 1

Give your jade plant the right amount of water. Jades rarely need water and only should be watered once the soil dries out. Test with your finger as deep as you can and if it feels dry water slowly until the water comes out the drainage holes. Toss the excess water.

Step 2

Provide your jade plant with lots of sunlight. Set your indoor plant in the sunniest location in your home, such as a south facing window sill. Outdoors, keep the plant in full sun. Sufficient light is essential for blooms.

Step 3

Fertilize your jade plant only during active growth, usually from spring until fall. Do so every two weeks with a succulent fertilizer. Follow manufacturer directions and dosing amounts based on the size of your plant and the potency of the fertilizer.

Step 4

Repot your jade plant about every two years into the next sized container. Use fresh new high quality potting soil. Your jade plant will continue to grow and needs ample (but not too much) space to grow healthy and hopefully bloom.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Sunshine
  • Fertilizer
  • Pots
  • Potting soil

References

  • North Dakota State University Extension Service: Questions on Jade Plants
  • BellaOnline: Jade Plant
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About this Author

Melissa Lewis graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has written over 20 episodes for the radio drama entitled "A Work in Progress." She also writes for several online outlets, including Gardenguides, Travels and Examiner, and is currently finalizing a movie script to be filmed in 2010.