How to Repot Your Jade Plant and Other Succulent Care Tips
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Jade plants are hardy, resilient plants. They are able to grow and thrive with just the right amount of succulent care. In fact, sometimes jade plants grow so well, they will need to be repotted because they’ve outgrown their space as well as needing nutrients and fresh soil.
How Do You Repot a Jade Plant?
Jade plants are easy plants to grow, even for beginner and novice gardeners, especially if they are not familiar with the basics of succulent care. Here are some of the initial steps to repotting jade plants.
- Choose the right succulent containers. One important point to remember about choosing a jade plant pot is to pick one with drainage holes. Either elegant ceramic succulent pots or sturdy, functional plastic succulent pots work great for jade plants or similar succulents since they both provide great drainage. Jade plants do not do well if water accumulates at the base of their pots. If water collects, this can lead to a condition called root rot that can harm jade plants.
- Pick a succulent container with a sturdy, wide base. Ceramic pots are beautiful and diverse in colors, sizes, and shapes, perfect complements to the joyous jade. They also provide wide, sturdy bases to accommodate the top-heavy growth of jade plants. Plastic succulent pots are also a great alternative, especially those made with recyclable, high grade plastic, which are clear as glass and available in vibrant colors. Plastic succulent pots are awesome in that they maximize sunlight uptake and provide a glimpse into what is going on beneath the surface of jade plants; a great way to observe primo succulent care in action. The size of either the ceramic or plastic container should be just slightly larger than the diameter of the plant. As a rule of (green) thumb in succulent care, if the jade plant is four inches in diameter, the right size pot would be five inches in diameter.
After you decide on a pot for your jade plant, the next important step in the repotting process is to choose the correct potting soil mix and fertilizer.
- Select a succulent potting mix with excellent drainage, specifically one that has loose, grainy, non-clumping textures that won’t become soggy. A potting mix designed for Jade plants is a great place to start.
- Decide on a premium succulent care fertilizer. Feeding jade plants is important for the overall health of the plant. A fertilizer formulated for succulent care such as our FEED ME! Cactus and Succulent Food is a nutrient complete formula, while being low in sodium and urea free. Simply feed your Jade plant once or twice per month. It’s that easy!
Once jade plants are well situated in either ceramic or plastic containers with a succulent potting mix, it's important they are watered appropriately. Since jade plants are succulents, their leaves hold water, which makes it very important they are not overwatered. Using a lightweight, functional, efficient watering can may help measure the amount of water given to your jade plant.
Humidity trays are also a helpful technique to keep your of jade plants hydrated, while being careful to not overwater. Jade plants thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. Windows with filtered sunlight are the perfect spot for jade plants. If the required sunlight for succulent care is limited, a grow light is a good solution to supplement the sun a jade plant requires.
When Should Jade Plants be Repotted?
When jade plants’ branches and leaves start to look and feel too heavy for their pots, it is time to move the plants to larger ceramic or plastic containers. Generally jade plants can stay in their containers for approximately a year as they grow. The new containers should be close to the same size as the prior containers to prevent the roots from going into shock. It’s a good idea to start with fresh cactus and succulent mix in the new containers if you haven’t repotted in the last 6-12 months.