Jade Plant Info

Jade is a popular succulent that can add a touch of greenery to any space. It’s easy to grow and care for, as long as it has enough light, water, and well-draining soil. 

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White or pink flowers

Water

Water only when the soil feels dry to the touch. The frequency also depends on the season and climate. When the plant is actively growing (during spring and summer), water it once every 7 to 10 days, or more often if the soil dries out quickly. In winter, hydrate it every 2 to 4 weeks.

Sunlight

Jade thrives in full sun, so place it in an area that receives at least 4 hours of direct light a day. It can also tolerate partial shade or indirect light, especially in hot climates. When growing the plant indoors, place it near a south-facing or west-facing window that receives bright light for most of the day. Rotate the pot occasionally to ensure even growth and prevent leaning.

Soil

The plant needs soil that's well-draining and aerated. You can use a cactus or succulent mix, or make your own mix by combining equal parts of potting soil, perlite, and coarse sand. The soil should have a neutral pH and be rich in organic matter. You can amend the soil with compost or worm castings to improve its fertility and drainage.

Fertilizer

You can apply a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half-strength once every month during spring and summer to boost its growth and flowering. Alternatively, use organic fertilizers–compost tea or fish emulsion–every 2 to 3 months throughout the year.

Pruning

Prune to maintain its shape and size, and to remove dead or damaged branches. This also helps to encourage branching and bushiness, which makes the plant more compact and attractive.

Propagation

Very easy to propagate from leaves or stem cuttings

Thrives in

Bright light, moderate temperatures, low humidity, and well-draining soil

Toxicity

Mildly toxic to humans and animals if ingested. The plant contains cardiac glycosides that can affect the heart rate and rhythm. This can also cause irritation of the mouth, throat, and stomach.

Pests & Diseases

Mealybugs
Scale insects
Spider mites
Fungal diseases

Landscaping Ideas

Focal point
Specimen
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Last Updated: September 22, 2023

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