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How to Transport Jade Plants

By Amma Marfo ; Updated September 21, 2017
Although a hardy plant, the jade will drop leaves.

Making a move can be a stressful time for anyone, and needing to move houseplants only adds to this stress. While some plants travel well, the notorious nature of jade plants is to drop leaves and branches when bumped or jostled around. Although you probably can’t avoid losing some leaves during a move, there are a few steps to follow to transport jade plants that can keep your plant better protected as it travels.

Find a cardboard box that is as close to the size of the pot your jade plant is in as possible. The box can be wider than the pot, but no deeper than it for best transport.

Set the jade into the box and position it so it is centered. Check to make sure none of the lower branches are touching the rim of the box, and if they are find a new box to use which is shorter.

Place as many Styrofoam blocks or pieces as you can into the box to help press against the pot and hold it in place. Depending on the amount of space you have between the pot and the walls of the box, your Styrofoam pieces may need to be quite large.

Crumple up sheets of newspaper into a ball and stuff them into the spaces remaining to put some pressure against the pot to hold it. Fill the box around the pot with the balled up paper.

Jiggle the pot lightly to see how much shifting is possible inside the box and add more newspaper if needed until the pot is secure before moving the box. When you get your plant to the new location, simply lift the pot from the box to unpack.


Things You Will Need

  • Cardboard box
  • Styrofoam blocks
  • Newspaper


  • Be sure to hold the box from the bottom when transporting it and use more than one person to carry it if your jade is quite large to be sure it doesn't drop.
  • Any leaves or branches which are knocked off can be stuck into the soil of the pot or a shallow dish of water to root and form new jade plants.