Crassula ovata, commonly known as Jade Plant, can be a joy for years and years in your home, but after a while, it will need repotting to allow the plant to continue to grow roots to support the ever-larger branches and leaves. If left untended, a large Jade Plant is likely to tip over from becoming top-heavy. To repot large Jade Plants, be sure to have all of your supplies ready in early spring as the Jade Plant starts to show new growth.
Step 1: Spread out a layer of newspaper on the floor to catch dropped soil. If you can't move your Jade Plant to an open area in your home, then move items around your plant out of the way, so you have plenty of room to work around the plant.
Step 2: Place a large pot over the center of the newspaper. The new pot should be only 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm) larger in diameter than the existing pot.
Step 3: Fill the bottom of the pot an inch (2.5 cm) deep with gravel to help aid in drainage. If you are worried about your plant tipping over, place a brick on top of the gravel to add more weight to the pot.
Step 4: Pour in succulent soil over the gravel and brick, if using one, to fill the bottom third of the pot. Carefully hold the Jade Plant base and lift it out of the pot it is in, and place it in the center of the new larger pot.
Step 5: Make sure the Jade Plant's root ball's top surface is just slightly below the rim of the new pot. Lift the plant, if needed, to add or remove soil. With the Jade Plant positioned in the pot, fill in the surrounding areas with fresh soil until the pot is filled.
Step 6: Position the new pot in a sunny area and water the Jade Plant as you normally would for its weekly watering. The Jade Plant should not need to be repotted again for a number of years.
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