The jade plant (Crassula ovata) is a succulent with smooth, oval-shaped green leaves. Native to South Africa, this plant prefers a location with full sun and fairly dry conditions. Jade does best with daytime temperatures of 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime temperatures no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The jade plant is not difficult to grow indoors and will do well with little fuss, as long as its basic growing requirements are met.
Fill a potting container with cactus growing mix, stopping within half-inch of the rim of the pot. It's important to choose a container with drainage holes to prevent the soil from retaining too much moisture.
Place the root ball into the soil at the same level as it was previously planted. Replace the soil and pat down firmly. Water until moisture begins to pool in the saucer under the potting container.
Place the jade plant in a sunny windowsill. If it has been in a location that received filtered sun, move the pot into the windowsill gradually over a period of a few days to keep the leaves from burning.
Water jade one time each week, after the soil has become completely dry. Soak the plant until water drips through to the saucer beneath the pot.
Feed the jade plant each April and July with a water-soluble fertilizer mixed according to the package instructions. No fertilization is necessary during the winter months.
Minimize watering to every two weeks in fall and down to once each month during winter.
Things You Will Need
- Potting container
- Cactus growing mix
- Water-soluble fertilizer
- Jade plants can be taken outdoors during summer.
- Jade plants sometimes develop small white blooms during winter.
- Pour off any water that drains into the plant saucer quickly to prevent it from being reabsorbed.