How to Pot a Jade Plant


A jade plant is a beautiful, ornamental plant that produces white floral blooms in winter, when the amount of daylight begins to decrease. The plant can grow to a height of 5 feet, and spread its branches out more than 2 feet. If you received your jade plant when it was young, it eventually will need repotting, as the roots will take over the pot. Potting a jade plant is not difficult, but there are a few things you should do so the plant adapts to the new pot.

Step 1

Fill the bottom of the planter with potting mix, making it at least 2 to 3 inches deep.

Step 2

Set the jade plant down into the pot, and fill the pot with soil.

Step 3

Tamp down the soil so that it is tight around the root ball of the plant. Water the plant and then add more soil, tamping it down as well. Fill the planter until the soil is 1 to 2 inches from the top.

Step 4

Lightly water the top of the soil.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not overwater a jade plant, as it can cause the roots to rot. Allow the soil of the jade plant to dry out somewhat before watering again.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden gloves
  • Planter
  • Potting soil


  • University of Wisconsin Department of Horticulture: Jade
  • Colorado State University: Plant Talk: Jade
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About this Author

A freelance writer for over 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.