The jade plant originates from China and does very well as a houseplant. It is relatively simple to care for, and it is a succulent, which means it absorbs a lot of water. When cared for properly, a jade plant can grow up to a sturdy 5 feet tall. One of the most important things to know about jade plant care is that you must use caution when watering. Too much water and the plant can experience root rot; too little water and it will dry up and fade quickly.
Examine the plant to see if it needs watering. Look at the leaves, and if the edges are curling inward, then they are dry. Touch the soil with your fingertips; if it feels hard and dry, it's time to water the plant.
Water the soil of the jade plant until it has absorbed the water, and it is moist. Use a watering can with a narrow spout. If you have a pot beneath the planter that catches excess water, empty it. Do not let the plant sit in water.
Allow the soil of the plant to dry out before watering again.