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Jade plants have been used for centuries across cultures for their beauty and healing abilities. Tree-like succulents, these houseplants can live with you for your entire life, or longer—up to 100 years! Jade is commonly used in the traditional practice of feng shui, creating energy to harmonize people and their environments—and encourage the flow of money. 💸
Also known as
Lucky Plant, Jade Plant, Crassula argentea, ET Finger and Crassula 'Lemon + Lime'
How to care for Jade
How often to water your Jade
Jade needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Chicago, Illinois.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Jade in your home
Jade love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Chicago, Illinois ⛅.
Jade does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
How to fertilize Jade
Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Jade after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Jade is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!
Jade thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Jade requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Jade is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.
Jade prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.
Jade is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!
Jade grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
It’s common for Jade to go dormant in the summertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.
Jade is native to South Africa.
Jade produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.
Jade will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Jade can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Jade can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:
- Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
- To get the cutting to root, you can either:
- Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
- Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.
Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Jade. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.
Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!
Care Summary for Jade
0.5 cups every 12 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in Chicago, Illinois, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.
What other plant parents say
i’ve had this plant for over a year! it
stayed in a small pot for most of its life and just being watered whenever i thought about it! now since i’ve moved and have more room, it is thriving in its new pot! i’m seeing new growth and it stretching out more!