Jade Plant Care: 4 Tips for Growing Healthy Jade Plants
The old adage, money does not grow on trees, might be true. However, the jade plant is symbolic of growth and renewal; thought to activate financial energies and bring prosperity, good fortune, and friendship to a home or business. It is considered a wonderful housewarming gift. The jade plant is officially named the Crassula Ovata. Whether truly charmed or not, if grown properly, with a focus on specific succulent care, the jade will flourish into a beautiful plant. This article will review helpful tips for growing the very best jade plant; and will help even novice gardeners learn succulent care to grow a beautiful jade plant. It’s important to know which gardening products are considered the best in succulent care, from the most effective succulent fertilizer and succulent food, to the best ceramic succulent pots, and succulent care accessories. Having a basic knowledge of succulent plants and succulent plant care is the first step on the path to a beautiful jade plant.
What is a Jade Plant?
Succulent plants have thick, fleshy leaves or stems from which they store water. Succulents have an ability to survive in harsh conditions, in part because of their tough skin, which helps prevent them from losing water to evaporation. Because of their hardiness, the jade plant requires minimal succulent care which makes it an easy plant to grow. The Jade plant is a succulent, but not all succulent plants are jade plants.
Do I Need to Repot My Jade Plant?
Let’s dig in and start by discussing how to plant a jade plant.
Choose the appropriate pot. Jade plants have a tendency to grow top-heavy and fall over, with their woody stems and plump leaves. In the right succulent pot, with adequate succulent care, a jade plant can grow and thrive, reaching heights of over five feet tall. A sturdy, wide pot with depth and a stable base to support the weight of the jade plant is recommended for optimal growth potential. Ceramic succulent pots are the perfect home for jade plants. It is important the ceramic succulent pots have excellent drainage to prevent the soil and roots from becoming soggy. The size of the ceramic pot should be only slightly larger than the diameter of the jade plant.
Pick the right potting soil. Good drainage is imperative for a jade plant’s successful lifespan. A freely draining medium such as a succulent cactus mix is a good choice of potting soil mix for ideal growing conditions. For a jade plant specifically, our Jade Plant Imperial Potting Mix is the perfect potting soil to drain well and prevent excessive moisture from accumulating. Jade plants thrive in fresh, high quality, hand-blended soil, free of pests, which makes it the absolute best potting soil for your jade garden.
4 Tips for Growing Jade Plants
- Water the right amount. The right ceramic pot which allows water drainage, combined with the correct potting soil mix are necessary to create a healthy jade plant. Sufficient drainage is the main priority. Succulent roots are very short, so over watering can cause the leaves to fall or lead to root rot. A watering can is an easy, light, practical way to water a jade plant, while being careful to not overwater. Plus, a fun colored watering can is a reminder of summer all winter long.
- Easily propagate the jade plant. The jade plant easily propagates, or simply defined, reproduces other jade plants. When propagating a new jade plant, use a jade plant starter kit to help it grow. A jade plant starter kit generally includes a succulent mix, pots, and a nutritionally solid fertilizer.
- Provide the right lighting. Jade plants love the sun and need it for proper succulent care. They should be placed near a window where they receive at least four hours of direct sunlight, although some varieties of jade plants prefer less sunlight. If window lighting is insufficient or non-existent, a jade plant can grow well under artificial lighting. Grow lights/light kits are an excellent choice for growing and supplementing sunlight for jade plants, to provide the necessary succulent care.
- Fertilize the jade plant. Jade plants require a monthly feeding, especially during the spring and summer months. A gentle fertilizer formulated specifically for succulents is recommended for jade plants.