How to Water a Jade Plant


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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Allow the soil of the plant to dry out before watering again.

Tips and Warnings

  • Jade plants must be in a pot that has good drainage, as over watering and standing water are the biggest threat to the life of the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Watering can with narrow spout


  • University of Florida Cooperative Extension: Crassula argentea
  • Landscape Planet: Jade plant Care
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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.