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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 are.

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, you are 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, which does not need to be a high strength type.

General Care

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


Jade Plant can be propagated from leaves or stem cuttings. Leaf cuttings are the easiest to perform but have a higher chance of failing compared to stem cuttings.

To grow Jade Plant from cuttings, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a stem, approximately 3 inches (7.5 cm) long, from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing on a well-draining soil mix. Water whenever the soil is completely dry.

To propagate Jade Plant from leaves, twist a leaf from the main plant. Allow the leaf to dry out for several days so that the end callouses over and then place on well-draining soil mix. Spray or water the soil every few days or when dry.

Pests and Problems

Mealybugs, vine weevil, and aphids. Generally disease-free.



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