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How to Save a Jade Plant

By Charmayne Smith ; Updated September 21, 2017

The jade plant is an upright succulent plant that originates from the Crassula species. The plant blooms white and pink flowers in the spring and has rich-green, succulent foliage with thick stems and twigs. This evergreen plant tolerates a wide variety of soil variations, has an exceptionally high drought tolerance and is resistant to most diseases. Still, the plant does require ample amounts of light and regular, though infrequent, irrigation for a healthy life. If you notice your jade plant is starting to look sick, there are some things you can do to try and save it.

Position the plant on a flat surface and carefully remove the plant from its planting container. Remove the excessive soil from the root system and comb out the root system with your fingers. Complete the process slowly to prevent damage or breakage to the root system.

Inspect the root system carefully. Prune away any dead or dying roots by trimming each individual root back to the base of the system. Use sharp, sterile scissors to complete the cuts. Trim the very ends of the entire root system using the same sterile scissors.

Replant the jade plant in a clean container that is slightly larger than the original container. Line the bottom of the container with a layer of soil. Position the plant in the center of the container, ensuring that the root system is evenly spread throughout the container. Fill the container with soil, pressing gently to secure the plant’s upright position.

Place the newly replanted jade in the sink. Water the plant thoroughly using a watering can. Allow the plant to rest until the water no longer runs from the bottom of the container.

Place the plant in a warm, sunny location that receives at least six hours of full to partially shaded sunlight each day. Avoid placing the jade plant near areas with direct heat, such as a heating vent, stove or grill.

Irrigate the jade plant regularly but infrequently. Place the jade plant in the sink, as when planted, and irrigate the plant. Allow the jade plant to dry out completely between watering to ensure that the plant is not overwatered.

Fertilize the jade plant approximately three to four months after replanting to allow the plant time to re-establish. Avoid feeding an ill or dry jade plant to prevent root burn. Use a well-balanced fertilizer to feed the jade, such as a 10-10-10 or 20-20-20 combination.


Things You Will Need

  • Scissors
  • Container
  • Soil
  • Watering can
  • 10-10-10 or 20-20-20 fertilizer

About the Author


Writing professionally since 2004, Charmayne Smith focuses on corporate materials such as training manuals, business plans, grant applications and technical manuals. Smith's articles have appeared in the "Houston Chronicle" and on various websites, drawing on her extensive experience in corporate management and property/casualty insurance.