The jade plant, also called money plant or lucky plant, is a slow-growing evergreen that has succulent foliage and produces small star-shaped blooms during the winter months. The plant is native to areas in South Africa and hardy to plant in USDA growing zones 10 and 11 where there is no risk of winter frost. The jade plant will grow well indoors in a container environment as long as adequate sunlight and water are provided.
Plant the jade in a container filled with a well-draining potting soil mixed with an equal portion of coarse sand. The jade can be planted outdoors in USDA growing zones 10 and 11 where there is little risk of cold damage. Plant the jade in a location that has a sandy loam-type soil.
Place the plant indoors in areas that receives bright sunlight or plant in a location outdoors that has full sun to partial shade light conditions.
Water the jade plant well once a week to keep the soil moist but not wet. Allow excess water to drain from the container if the plant is not planted outdoors. Apply water again once the soil begins to dry out.
Fertilize the plant with a 10-20-10 fertilizer every two weeks during the growing months of April through September. Do not fertilize during the winter months.
Re-pot the jade plant every two to three years by removing the plant and soil from the container. Increase the container size to allow 1 to 2 inches of room between the root ball and edge of the container if the roots are crowded. Pot the plant with an even mixture of potting soil and coarse sand and a handful of blood meal.
Move the jade plant to a location that offers filtered sunlight during the winter months of October through March. Reduce the amount of watering during this time as jade's requirement is decreased.