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How to Repot Jade Plants

By Bridget Kelly ; Updated September 21, 2017

The jade plant (Crassula argentea) is a simple houseplant to grow. Give it bright light and a little water, and it will thrive. The jade plant is a succulent and a native of South Africa. Although in warmer climates it can grow well in the garden, it is generally grown as a houseplant. Repot the jade plant every two to three years. Choose a pot that is the next largest size from the one in which the jade is currently growing.

Lay down some newspaper in the area in which you plan to do the repotting.

Mix together equal parts of potting soil and coarse sand, and a handful of bone meal in an old planting pot. Water the soil until it drains from the bottom of the pot. When it is completely drained, water the soil again.

Fill the new planting pot halfway with the soil mixture.

Hold one hand over the top of the plant and use the other to turn the pot upside down, over the newspapers. Gently coax the plant out of the pot.

Loosen the roots around the outside of the rootball with your fingers. Place the plant in the new pot. The top of the rootball should sit 1/2 inch below the rim of the pot. You may have to add or remove soil to get the plant to the proper depth. Finish filling the pot with soil, allowing the very top of the rootball to remain exposed.

Allow the soil to dry out prior to watering. When you water, pour the water slowly over the exposed part of the rootball.


Things You Will Need

  • Newspapers
  • Potting soil
  • Coarse builder's sand
  • Bone meal
  • Planting pots

About the Author


Based in the American Southwest, Bridget Kelly has been writing about gardening and real estate since 2005. Her articles have appeared at Trulia.com, SFGate.com, GardenGuides.com, RE/MAX.com, MarketLeader.com, RealEstate.com, USAToday.com and in "Chicago Agent" magazine, to name a few. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.