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How to Root Jade Plants

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Overview

Jade plants are succulents that are easy to care for, making them a popular houseplant. Jades can grow quite large if you let them, and need to be trimmed from time to time. The trimmings can be used to make new jade plants because jade roots quite easily.

Step 1

Prepare a rooting medium. Mix 1 part sand with 1 part peat moss in a small pot. Some gardeners prefer to use a mixture of potting soil and sand instead or some other combination for a rooting medium. The important thing is that the medium provides support for the cutting, is porous enough to provide good airflow and retains moisture.

Step 2

Poke a 1- to 2-inch-deep hole in the rooting medium with a pencil.

Step 3

Cut a 2- to 4-inch section off the tip of a branch of your jade plant. Cut off any leaves on the bottom half of the cutting. You can apply rooting hormone to the tip at this point to encourage rooting, but you don't have to.

Step 4

Poke the jade cutting into the hole so that it is buried halfway in the rooting medium. Water the medium enough to get it slightly moist and make it firmer. Do not water enough to soak the medium because this can cause your cutting to rot.

Step 5

Keep the soil only slightly wetter than bone dry for two to three months until the roots grow. You will know the roots have grown when the plant starts to get taller.

Things You'll Need

  • Sand
  • Peat moss
  • Potting soil
  • Pot
  • Pencil
  • Garden scissors
  • Jade plant
  • Rooting medium
  • Water

References

  • Extension.org: How Do I Propogate My Jade Plant
  • Oldfashionedliving.com: Growing Jade Plant
  • Cru.cahe.wsu.edu: Propogating Herbaceous Plants From Cuttings

Who Can Help

  • Thegardenhelper.com: How to Take Care of Rootless Jade Plants
Keywords: jade plant, jade cutting, rooting medium

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