How to Easily Propagate Jade Plants using Stem Cuttings


Propagating jade plants through stem cuttings is a simple and effective method of multiplying these beautiful succulents. With just a few supplies and some careful steps, you can have new jade plants growing in no time.

Jade plants, also known as Crassula ovata, are popular houseplants known for their fleshy, elongated leaves and branching growth habit. They can grow up to several feet tall when planted in the right container and thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. One of the best things about jade plants is their ability to root easily from stem cuttings, which means you can create multiple plants from a single branch.

Before you start propagating jade plants from stem cuttings, there are a few things you should know. First, make sure the plant you choose to take the cuttings from is healthy and well-established. You want to ensure that the parent plant is strong and has enough energy to heal and grow new branches. Additionally, it’s best to take cuttings during the active growing season, which is usually in the spring or summer.

To propagate jade plants from stem cuttings, follow these easy steps:

  1. Cut a healthy branch from the parent plant using a clean, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Choose a branch that is at least 3-4 inches long and has several leaves.
  2. Remove the lower leaves from the stem, leaving a few at the top. This will encourage the plant to produce roots from the leaf nodes.
  3. Let the cut end of the stem dry out for a day or two. This will help prevent the cutting from rotting when it’s planted in the soil.
  4. Prepare a well-draining potting soil mix and fill a small container with it. Make a hole in the soil using your finger or a pencil.
  5. Theres a trick you can use to ensure that the cutting is planted in the right direction. Most jade plants have a flat side and a rounded side. The flat side should be facing up when the cutting is placed in the soil.
  6. Now it’s time to plant the cutting. Gently insert the cut end of the stem into the hole you made in the soil and press the soil around it to secure it in place.
  7. Water the soil lightly to settle it and provide moisture to the cutting. Be careful not to overwater, as jade plants prefer dry conditions and can rot if the soil is too wet.
  8. Place the container in a location that receives bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight, as this can scorch the leaves of the cutting.
  9. Now it’s time to wait. Be patient, as it can take several weeks or even months for the cutting to root and start growing. To ensure the cutting has rooted, give it a gentle tug after a few weeks. If it resists, that means it has successfully rooted.
  10. As the cutting grows, you can gradually increase the amount of sunlight it receives. This will help it acclimate to brighter conditions and encourage healthy growth.
  11. Once the cutting has formed a new, long branch and has a nice root system, it’s ready to be repotted into a larger container or planted in the ground.

Propagating jade plants from stem cuttings is a rewarding and cost-effective way to expand your collection of these beautiful succulents. By following these steps and providing the right growing conditions, you can enjoy a thriving jade plant garden in no time.

How To Propagate Jade Plants From Stem Or Leaf Cuttings

If you want to propagate your jade plants, there are two main methods you can use: stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. Both of these methods are quite easy and can be done with minimal supplies.

To propagate jade plants from stem cuttings, you will need a sharp, clean pair of scissors or pruners, a small container with drainage holes, a well-draining potting soil mix, and a powdered rooting hormone (optional, but can help speed up the process).

Start by taking a stem cutting from your jade plant. Look for a healthy stem that is at least 3-4 inches long. Using clean scissors or pruners, make a clean cut just below a leaf node. Remove any leaves from the lower half of the stem, leaving only a few at the top.

If you want to propagate from leaf cuttings, you can simply take a healthy leaf from your jade plant and let it callous over for a few hours to a day. Once the cut end has calloused, you can stick it directly into well-draining potting soil. It’s best to use a mix of perlite or sand and regular potting soil to ensure good drainage.

Whether you’re propagating from stem or leaf cuttings, it’s important to let the cuttings dry out and callous over before planting them. This helps to prevent rot and encourages root growth. You can place the cuttings on a tray or other support and leave them in a warm, dry location for a few days to a week, until a callus has formed.

Once the cuttings are calloused, you can plant them in a container filled with well-draining potting soil. Make a small hole in the soil and insert the stem or leaf, then gently firm the soil around it to hold it in place. Water the soil lightly to settle it around the cutting, but be careful not to over-water. You want the soil to be moist, but not damp or soggy.

Place the container in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. Jade plants do best in a sunny window or a spot that receives several hours of bright, filtered light each day. Avoid placing the container directly in the sun, as this can scorch the leaves.

Keep the soil lightly watered, allowing the top 1-2 inches to dry out between waterings. Don’t water too much, as jade plants are succulents and can rot if the soil stays too wet. In about 4-6 weeks, you should start to see signs of new growth, which means the plantlet has taken root.

During this time, make sure to protect the newly propagated plants from extreme temperatures, drafts, and pests. You can also lightly dust the leaves with a soft, dry cloth to encourage growth.

With these simple steps, you can easily propagate your jade plants from stem or leaf cuttings. Just remember to provide the right conditions, proper care, and a little bit of patience, and you’ll be rewarded with new plants to enjoy.

Propagating Jade From Stem Cuttings

If you want to propagate your jade plant, stem cuttings are one of the easiest and most effective methods to do so. In this article, we will explore how to propagate jade from stem cuttings in detail.

First, you need to choose a healthy jade plant from which you will take the stem cuttings. Look for a plant that has numerous healthy stems and leaves.

Take a sharp, clean blade or scissors and make a clean cut just above a leaf node on the stem. It’s best to choose a stem that is at least 2-3 inches long for successful propagation.

After making the cut, let the stem cutting dry for a day or two in order to ensure that it heals properly.

While the stem cutting is drying, prepare a well-draining potting mix for the jade plant. You can choose a mixture of succulent soil and perlite or sand for better drainage.

Once the stem cutting has dried, you can lightly dip the cut end into a rooting hormone. This will help stimulate the growth of roots.

Make a small hole in the potting mix, deep enough to hold the stem cutting. Place the stem cutting in the hole and gently press the soil down to ensure good contact between the cutting and the soil.

Water the soil lightly, just enough to moisten it. Be careful not to overwater, as succulents like jade plants prefer drier conditions. You can also cover the pot with a dome or plastic bag to help retain moisture.

Place the pot in a location that receives bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight, as this can burn the leaves of the jade plant.

During the propagation process, make sure to keep the soil slightly moist but not too wet. Overwatering can lead to rotting of the stem cutting.

Over time, you will start to see new growth on the stem cutting. Once the roots have established and the plantlet is growing, you can gradually move it to a larger container if needed.

With these steps and methods, you can successfully propagate your jade plants from stem cuttings. It’s a cost-effective way to grow more jade plants and ensure that your collection continues to thrive.

Choose The Right Stem

When propagating jade plants from stem cuttings, it’s important to choose the right stem. Look for a healthy and mature stem on your jade plant to trim. You can check for a mature stem by looking for a woody appearance and thick, sturdy leaves. If you’re unsure which stem to choose, there are helpful images on websites that can show you what a mature stem should look like.

Before removing the stem from the mother plant, make sure you have all the supplies you’ll need for propagation. This includes a clean and sharp knife or pruning shears, a well-draining and shallow container, and a succulent soil mix. Once you have everything ready, you can proceed to remove the stem.

Using your knife or pruning shears, cut the stem from the mother plant just below a leaf node. This is where the new roots will form, so it’s important to have a clean cut. If the stem is too long, you can trim it down to a manageable size, but be sure to leave at least a few inches for easier handling during propagation.

After cutting the stem, you’ll need to allow it to dry and form a callous. This helps prevent rotting when the stem is planted in the soil. Place the cuttings in a dry and protected area, away from direct sunlight. It typically takes about 2-3 days for the cuttings to form a callous.

Once the cuttings have calloused, you can prepare them for propagation. Fill a shallow container with a succulent soil mix and make small holes in the soil surface using your finger or a pencil. Gently insert the stem cuttings into the holes, making sure they are stable and upright. You can plant multiple cuttings in the same container, but be sure to leave enough space for them to grow.

When planting the cuttings, you want to make sure that at least two-thirds of the stem is below the soil surface. This will ensure that the cuttings have enough contact with the soil to develop roots. Pat the soil gently around the cuttings to secure them in place.

After planting the cuttings, give them a light watering. Succulents don’t require much water, so be careful not to overwater them. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings to prevent rotting. You may also want to place the container in a location with bright but indirect sunlight to encourage root growth.

Now that you’ve learned how to choose the right stem and how to take care of the cuttings, you can start propagating your jade plants. With the right conditions and proper care, your cuttings will soon develop roots and start growing into new plants. This propagation method is a great way to expand your jade plant collection or share plants with friends and family.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.