How to Care for Indoor Jade Plants

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To care for indoor jade plants, keep them very dry, give them small amounts of water, and put them in bright, sunny windows. Get jade plants to blood by keeping them in a dark room for a month and then switching them to a sunny area with instructions... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk all about how to grow indoor jade plants. Now jade plants are one of my favorite plants in the whole world. They're so beautiful, and so forgiving, and so easy to grow as a house plant. Now I have a rule, I treat my jade plants like I do a Christmas cactus. And they like it really dry, even drier than my zygos, or my Christmas cactus. So the trick is to water them, but really let them dry out, and give them as much bright sun as you can in the house. And you can even put them outside for the summer, but you never want to take them right from inside, to outside, and put them in the hot sun. They'll get sunburned. So make it gradual, or put them in a big sunny window in the house, and they'll do really well. And jades are wonderful, because they're easy to take cuttings too, because all you have to do is take one part of the plant. A lot of times, I'll dip them right into honey, because that's great to make it root quicker, but you don't even need to do that. All you have to do, is if they break off, or you take a little piece, or from a friend, if you need a new plant, you just put them right into the ground, and they grow a new root. That's how easy it is. And so the key with them is not to let them sit in water. That's the only way you can do them in, is to let them actually sit in water. Let them dry out. Put them on a plate, or put them in a container where they're going to stay on the dry side. And only give them a tiny bit of water. And to get them to bloom, is kind of a trick. And so, like a Christmas cactus, they actually want to get some darkness to bloom. So if you just take them, and throw them in the basement, or some room that's not really that sunny for a month, and then turn around and put them in a sunny area, a lot of times that's easy enough to trick them to bloom. And even outside, if you live in a warm climate, a lot of times you can't get them to bloom very well. So the trick too, is starting in September, put a box on top of them, so that they only get maybe a few hours of sunlight a day. And then do that for about two months, and a lot of times you can trick them into blooming, by just throwing a box on top of them, and keeping them on the dark side. And then that way they think that it's winter time, and they will bloom for you. But even without blooms, jades are a gorgeous house plant, and very easy to grow. As long as you don't water them too much.