Tips for Properly Caring for a Jade Plant


Jade plants, also known as Crassula ovata, are popular houseplants that are native to South Africa. They are easy to care for and can bring a touch of green to any indoor space. Taking care of a jade plant requires attention to their specific needs, from watering and fertilizing to potting and pruning. In this article, we will guide you through the essential care tips for keeping your jade plant healthy and thriving.

One of the great things about jade plants is that they don’t require a lot of attention. They are a type of succulent, which means they store water in their leaves and can tolerate periods of drought. However, they do need watering regularly, especially during the summer months when the plant is actively growing. To water your jade plant, make sure the soil is dry to the touch and then thoroughly soak it. After watering, allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again to prevent root rot.

Fertilizing is another important aspect of jade plant care. These plants are not heavy feeders, so you don’t need to fertilize them too often. A balanced, water-soluble fertilizer can be applied every month during the growing season, from spring to early fall. Be cautious not to over-fertilize, as this can cause leaf burn and other problems. Just follow the instructions on the fertilizer package to avoid any potential issues.

Jade plants can grow quite tall and become top-heavy over time. To prevent the risk of the plant tipping over, it is recommended to repot it into a larger pot with drainage holes. Additionally, you may need to stake the plant using a wooden or bamboo stick for support. While jade plants can be grown outdoors, they thrive indoors, especially near a sunny window. They love bright, indirect light, so make sure to place them near a window where they can get plenty of sunshine.

When it comes to pruning, jade plants are relatively low-maintenance. They have a slow growth rate, so you don’t need to worry about excessive pruning. However, you can still prune your jade plant to shape it or remove any dead or yellowing leaves. Use clean and sharp pruning shears to make clean cuts and avoid any damage to the plant. Pruning can also help prevent pests and improve the overall health of your jade plant.

In conclusion, taking care of a jade plant is relatively easy, and they can bring a touch of nature to your indoor space. Just remember to water them regularly, fertilize them sparingly, provide adequate light, and prune them when needed. By following these care tips, your jade plant will thrive and bring joy for many years to come.

How to Care for Jade Plants: Indoor Growing Guide

Caring for a jade plant (Crassula ovata) is a relatively easy task, making it a popular choice for indoor gardens. Jade plants, also known as money plants or friendship trees, are succulent plants that are native to South Africa. They are characterized by their thick, fleshy leaves and small, star-shaped flowers.


  • Jade plants prefer bright, indirect sunlight. Place them near a sunny window, but avoid exposing them to direct sunlight, especially during the hottest hours of the day.
  • During the winter months, when sunlight is scarce, you may need to move your jade plant closer to a window or provide supplemental lighting.
  • It is important to keep jade plants away from drafty areas, such as near a door or window, as they can be sensitive to temperature changes.


  • Jade plants have a unique watering requirement. During the growing season (spring and summer), water your jade plant thoroughly, allowing excess water to drain out of the pot.
  • Wait for the top inch of the soil to dry out before watering again. Overwatering can lead to root rot and yellowing leaves.
  • In the winter, reduce watering frequency as the plant goes through a resting phase. Water sparingly, only when the soil is completely dry.


  • Jade plants don’t require frequent fertilizing, but occasional feeding can improve their overall health and encourage growth.
  • Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer specifically formulated for succulent plants.
  • Fertilize your jade plant once every three to four months during the growing season. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging for proper dosage.

Pruning and Propagation

  • Pruning is not commonly required for jade plants, but you can remove any dead or drooping leaves to keep the plant looking tidy.
  • If you want to propagate your jade plant, you can do so using stem or leaf cuttings. Simply let the cutting dry out for a few days, then place it in well-draining soil.
  • Jade plants can also produce new limbs from the base of the plant, which can be removed and rooted to create new plants.

Pest Control

  • Jade plants are generally pest-resistant, but they can occasionally suffer from pest infestations, such as mealybugs or spider mites.
  • If you notice any signs of pests, such as yellowing leaves or webbing, treat the infested areas with neem oil or insecticidal soap.
  • Regularly inspect your jade plant for pests, especially in hard-to-see areas such as the undersides of leaves.

The Basics of Jade Plant Care

Caring for a jade plant is relatively easy if you follow these basic guidelines:

  • Place your jade plant in a well-draining pot and well-draining soil.
  • Provide bright, indirect sunlight.
  • Water thoroughly during the growing season and reduce watering in winter.
  • Fertilize occasionally with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.
  • Prune as needed to remove dead or drooping leaves.
  • Watch out for pest infestations and treat them promptly.

By following these care secrets, you can ensure that your jade plant thrives and brings a touch of green beauty to your indoor space. Enjoy the process of growing and caring for your jade plant, and watch as it adds life and charm to your home!

Watch Now How to Grow and Care for Jade Plants

When it comes to taking care of a Jade plant, there are a few key factors to keep in mind. Jade plants are one of the most popular and easiest succulent plants to grow. They are native to South Africa and Mozambique and can thrive both indoors and outdoors.

The first thing to consider is the lighting conditions. Jade plants require bright, indirect light to grow properly. Placing them near a south-facing window is ideal, as they will get sufficient sunlight throughout the day. However, make sure to avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves.

Another important aspect of caring for a Jade plant is watering. These plants do not like to be overwatered. Water them thoroughly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. During the summer months, water your Jade plant every 7-10 days, and reduce watering frequency in the winter to prevent root rot.

Fertilizing is also an essential part of Jade plant care. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer) every 2-3 weeks. Be sure to dilute the fertilizer to half the recommended strength to avoid burning the roots.

Jade plants are generally pest-resistant, but they can occasionally be susceptible to mealybugs. If you notice fuzzy, cotton-like spots on your plant, it may be infested with mealybugs. To get rid of them, dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and gently wipe the affected areas.

If your Jade plant starts to look leggy or has weak, thin stems, it may benefit from pruning. Trim the stems back to encourage branching and a more compact growth habit. You can root the cuttings in water or directly in soil to propagate new plants.

Repotting is another aspect of Jade plant care. These plants prefer to be slightly root-bound, so they don’t need frequent repotting. Repotting should be done every 2-3 years or when the plant has outgrown its current container.

In conclusion, taking care of a Jade plant is relatively easy. They don’t require daily attention and can withstand occasional neglect. Follow the tips mentioned above, and your Jade plant will thrive and bring beauty to any space.

Jade Plant Care

Jade plants, also known as Crassula ovata, are popular houseplants that are easy to care for and can thrive in a variety of conditions. These beautiful succulents have thick, fleshy leaves and can grow into a small tree if properly cared for. Here are some tips and guidelines to ensure your jade plant stays healthy and happy:

1. Light: Jade plants thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. Place your plant near a window where it’ll get plenty of light, but avoid direct sunlight, especially during hot summer months.

2. Watering: Jade plants are succulents and store water in their leaves, so they don’t require frequent watering. Allow the top half of the soil to dry out before watering, and be careful not to over-water as this can lead to root rot. In general, it’s better to underwater than to overwater.

3. Soil: Use a well-draining soil mix specifically designed for succulents. The soil should be slightly acidic to neutral in pH.

4. Temperature: Jade plants can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, but they prefer temperatures between 65°F and 75°F (18°C – 24°C). They can also tolerate cooler temperatures down to 50°F (10°C) but must be protected from frost if grown outdoors.

5. Fertilizing: Jade plants don’t require a lot of fertilizer, but you can feed them with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once a month during the growing season (spring to fall). Be sure to follow the instructions on the packaging for proper dilution.

6. Propagation: Jade plants can be easily propagated from stem cuttings. Simply cut a healthy stem above a leaf node and let it dry for a day or two. Then, place the cutting in a well-draining soil mix and keep it slightly moist until roots develop.

7. Pests: Jade plants are generally pest-resistant, but they can occasionally attract common houseplant pests such as mealybugs and spider mites. If you notice any pests, treat the plant with alcohol-soaked cotton swabs or a mild insecticide.

8. Maintenance: Regular maintenance includes removing any yellowing or shriveled leaves and pruning to maintain the desired shape. You can also pinch your jade plant to encourage bushier growth.

Conclusion: Jade plants are a popular choice for indoor plant enthusiasts due to their attractive appearance and low-maintenance nature. By providing them with proper care – including the right light, watering, temperature, and fertilizing – you can ensure your jade plant thrives and brings life to your indoor space.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.