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How to Grow and Care for a Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)


Crassula ovata, commonly known as Jade Plant, care is easy and simple. Many people enjoy growing Jade Plants in their homes and offices, and they are considered to be symbols of good luck. But you do not need to be lucky to learn what the proper care and maintenance of Jade Plants is.

The most important factors to consider when growing Jade Plants is water, light, temperature, and fertilizer.

Growing Conditions

Light: Jade Plant flourishes in good health with plenty of light. If you can provide a few hours of sunshine a day your going to have a happy plant.
Soil: A good draining soil mix that is gritty is advisable to use, which is sold and used for cacti and succulents.
Temperature: Room temperatures of around 60 to 75 °F (15.5 to 24 °C) are ideal. Winter no less than 50°F (10°C).
Hardiness Zones: USDA plant hardiness zone 10a – 11b.
Watering: It's best to allow the soil to become dry between each watering which will depend on the time of year, how much humidity and amount of sunlight it's getting. Allowing too much water to sit at the bottom of the pot with the roots will cause them to rot.
Fertilizing: Feed each week or two (maybe less) with a weak or diluted liquid fertilizer. Fertilizer made for succulents may be your best bet, that does not need to be a high strength type.

General Care

Easy to grow in container, best in full sun but will tolerate part sun. It need well-drained soil with a neutral pH. Water regularly form spring to autumn and allow soil to dry out before watering again. During the winter months, water only enough to keep the leaves from shriveling. Most common reason for failure is overwatering!


Propagating is achieved with leaf or stem cuttings which are placed into a soil mix, then wait until they show some growth. Before placing them in soil mix you will prevent potential problems from the sap seeping out by allowing them to dry on a windowsill, for a few days or so.

Pests and Problems

Mealybugs, vine weevil and aphids. Generally disease free.



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