Jade Plant Care

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Basic Jade Plant Care

Jade Plants, also known as Money Plants or Lucky Plants, are popular succulents that are believed to bring luck. They are also quite easy to care for which is always a bonus. Below you will all the information you need to properly care for your Jade Plant.

Bright Direct Light

I thrive in bright areas of your home so am best placed near a window.

Water Infrequently

I can be quite sensitive to root rot so be careful not to overwater me.

Medium Humidity

Please make sure the air isn’t too dry, otherwise, I won’t be a happy plant.

Draining Soil

I like a mix that includes peat moss and perlite as these prevent my roots from becoming water-logged.

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Detailed Jade Plant Care

Whether you're looking to make sure your Jade Plant is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.

Jade Plants need full sun

It is important that your Jade Plant gets at least a few hours of direct sunlight each day. If you are lucky enough to have a south-facing window in your home, we definitely recommend placing them near that to maximise the exposure each day.

Good drainage is vital

Jade Plants like it if the soil is moist but not damp and they hate sitting in water. This means you need to ensure your pot has good drainage holes and you have added perlite into the soil mix. During winter, you need to reduce the amount of water as this can easily lead to root rot in colder temperatures.

Keep the leaves of your Jade Plant dry as you water

It is important that you do not splash the leaves whilst watering your Jade Plant as this can lead them to rot so make sure to water directly into the soil from a narrow spout.

Jade Plants prefer warmer temperatures

Although they will survive in slightly cooler homes, Jade Plants thrive best in environments at or above room temperature. Don’t worry if your room sometimes drops below 10°C in winter as your Jade Plant will still be able to survive, but growth will be minimal.

Low humidity levels are best for Jade Plants

Jade Plants thrive best at humidity levels of around 30%-50%. Never mist your Jade Plant as they need their leaves to be dry to avoid rot. You can find out more about humidity levels and percentages in our humidity guide.

Use a water soluble fertiliser

Throughout the warmer months of spring and summer you may want to fertilise your Jade Plant to encourage growth. We recommend using a weak water-soluble fertiliser once a month during the growth period, and none at all during autumn and winter.

Jade Plants are sensitive to tap water salts

We recommend you filter the water for your Jade Plant if you live in a hard water area. This is because they can be quite sensitive to salts that are in your tap water.

They don't mind being a little pot bound

Frequently repotting your Jade Plant is not a necessity, they won’t suffer too much by being root bound so you might only need to repot every few years or so. When you do though, make sure you repot in spring so it can settle into its new home during the warmer months.

Jade Plants can flower if neglected

If you do want your Jade Plant to produce flowers, do not repot too often so that the plant becomes quite root bound and keep the soil quite dry. This will encourage the plant to produce little white flowers.

Propagating your Jade Plant couldn't be easier

You can propagate a Jade Plant straight from a leaf cutting. Place them straight into a cacti or succulent potting mix and after a few weeks they should start to produce little roots and grow into a mature new mother plant.

Keep your Jade Plant away from your pets

Jade Plants are toxic to both humans and pets so it is important you keep them away from small children as well as your dogs and cats.

Jade Plant Care Starter Kit

We've put together this great little starter kit that includes all of the equipment and information you'll need to take proper care of your Jade Plant .

Common Problems with your Jade Plant

Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.

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If you notice that your Jade Plant is losing quite a few leaves, this is often an indication that your plant is thirsty. Increase the watering a little (making sure there is sufficient drainage) but be careful not to overcompensate as too much water can cause root rot.

Shrivelled, dry leaves on a Jade Plant are a sign that it is not receiving enough water. Increase the watering a little (making sure there is sufficient drainage) but be careful not to overcompensate as too much water can cause root rot.

If there are light brown spots or patches on the leaves of your Jade Plant, it may be due to underwatering. If there are dark brown, squidgy leaves, it may be overwatering. Check the moisture in the soil and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.

Squishy Jade Plant leaves are an indication that you have been overwatering, or there is not enough drainage in your pot. Make sure you have added perlite to the potting mix and hold off on the watering for a while.

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