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How to take care of a Jade Plant

The Jade plant is a succulent that's tree-like that makes a great addition to any bright spaces in your house. Like most other succulents, the Jade plant is a beginner-friendly plant that needs very little maintenance. The Jade plant can grow quite large and lives for a very long time, when you're taking great care of it.

In this plant care guide, we're going to look at how you can give your Jade Plant the great care it needs to grow old and big. As the Jade plant is a succulent, sunlight and watering it are 2 of the most important parts of its plant care routine. However, I'll also cover a variety of different topics in this plant care guide to set you up for success:

  1. Watering your Jade Plant
  2. Sunlight requirements for your Jade Plant
  3. The perfect soil for your Jade Plant
  4. Fertilizing your Jade Plant
  5. Is your Jade Plant toxic for pets?

Let's give your Jade plant the best chances to grow big and strong by exploring everything there is to know about your Jade Plant. Let's get started!

Watering your Jade Plant

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Watering your Jade Plant is the most important aspect of your plant care routine to get right. Luckily, watering a succulent in general is an easy task, because you can forget about it for a few weeks without any issues. The Jade plant does prefer dry feet as well, as it's very sensitive for overwatering: It gets root rot quite quickly. If you know you're generally someone who loves to water your plants a lot, you might want to look at some more moisture-loving plants.

Watering your Jade Plant is a very low-maintenance task, because you won't have to water it very often, even in the spring and summer. Your Jade Plant loves to be in a very dry environment where it's dry for weeks at a time. However, don't let it dry out for too long, as it still needs moisture to support the weight of its stems. When the Jade plant grows larger and larger, you might have to water your plant a little more often to make sure it stays stable.

When you water your Jade Plant, it's ideal if you have a pot with a drainage hole in the bottom. This drainage hole helps to prevent overwatering your beautiful Jade plant. The excess water will drain out of the pot and only the moisture to soil can hold will stay in the pot. Further on in this guide, we'll look at soil to make sure you get the perfect soil for your Jade plant.

Watering your Jade Plant in the winter

In the winter, when your Jade Plant goes dormant, you won't have to water your plant as often as you did in the spring and summer. When your Jade Plant is dormant, during the fall and winter, it won't grow (as quickly) and won't need as much water.

In the winter, your plant is dormant and it's recovering from the growing season. On average, you should water your Jade Plant half as much as you did in the spring and summer. It's important to check on the soil before you water your Jade plant. The soil has to be completely dry before you water your plant again.

Sunlight requirements for your Jade Plant

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Large Jade Plant

Now you know how to water your Jade plant properly, let's look at the best type of sunlight for your plant. The perfect amount of sunlight for your Jade Plant helps your plant to become happier, healthier, and above all: help it grow big.

Your Jade Plant is a plant that loves to be in a spot with a lot of direct sunlight. Your Jade Plant loves the direct sunlight exposure and won't get sunburns from this sunlight exposure.

If you see your plant reaching for the light (become leggy), by leaning to one side or growing longer stems, your Jade plant isn't getting enough sunlight. If it's already in the brightest spot in your house, a simple solution is to rotate your plant by 90 degrees every week. This way it gets equal sunlight exposure on all sides and it'll grow straight up.

If you have a very young plant, it's best to place this plant in bright-indirect sunlight. The younger leaves are still quite sensitive and will burn quite easily. The older plants can stand in direct sunlight for hours every day without any problems.

You can read more about the type of sunlight each direction gives you in "Does the sunlight direction matter for your houseplant?".

The perfect soil for your Jade Plant

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If you remember, in the section about watering your Jade Plant, I quickly mentioned the perfect soil for you plant. In this section, we're going to explore what the perfect soil for your Jade plant is and why it is the perfect soil.

You've already discovered that your Jade Plant thrives in a dry environment, so we'll need soil that dries out completely in a day or two. Pre-mixed succulent/cactus soil is great for this purpose. This soil mix contains a lot of perlite and rocks. Soil that contains a lot of perlite and rocks let the moisture escape to the bottom of the pot quickly. This type of soil doesn't hold onto a lot of moisture, which is perfect for plants that love dry environments. Quickly-draining soil like this prevents overwatering and keeps your Jade Plant in optimal health.

Fertilizing your Jade Plant

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Jade Plant

A Jade Plant, like many other succulents and cacti, doesn't need to be fertilized a lot. It doesn't grow very quickly, so you won't have to fertilize it every month, but it does a little bit of fertilizer to grow. You can help your Jade Plant thrive by fertilizing it twice per year: once at the beginning of spring and once at the beginning of the summer. When you do fertilize your Jade Plant, make sure the fertilizer is diluted with water, otherwise it'll be too concentrated for your plant.

You can read more about which fertilizer is best in "What is the best type of fertilizer for houseplants?".

Fertilizing your Jade Plant in the winter

In the winter, when your Jade Plant is dormant and it's not growing (as quickly), you shouldn't fertilize your houseplant. Your Jade Plant won't use the fertilizer and it'll stay behind in the pot. Over time, this will make the soil very salty and could kill your plant.

Is your Jade Plant toxic for pets?

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Some plants are toxic for your pets and people and should be kept away from pets and small children. You're probably asked yourself if your Jade Plant is toxic to your pets and small children.

Your Jade Plant is unfortunately toxic to your pets and small children, so you should keep your Jade Plant away from them. The Jade Plant is highly toxic to pets as this plant's sap contains rubber. If your pet accidentally eats your plant, it can cause vomiting, depression, and heart problems. It's also mildly toxic for people and can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

So if you have pets or small children, you'll need to keep this plant out of place and keep an eye out for these symptoms. If you notice your pets have eaten this plant, call your veterinarian right away to prevent further harm.

Conclusion

In this plant care guide, we've looked at how you can take care of your Jade Plant. We've looked at how you can water your Jade Plant, the perfect sunlight exposure for your Jade Plant, the best soil for your Jade Plant, how to properly feed your Jade Plant, and whether your Jade Plant is toxic for your pets and kids. The Jade plant is a gorgeous succulent that will do well in any bright place in your house. If you want a houseplant that has the potential to grow large and grow very old, the Jade Plant is the perfect plant for you.

Thank you for reading this post! I hope it helps you to keep your plants healthy and beautiful! If you're looking for more guides on specific plants, you can always request a plant guide or donate a plant in order to get a guide for the plant you have trouble with.

Tags: beginner-friendly, sun-loving

Posted on: Feb 18, 2022 Last updated on: Apr 8, 2022

Other common names for this plant

  • Crassula Ovata
  • Lucky Plant
  • Money Plant
  • Money Tree
  • Japanese rubber plant
  • Tree of happiness
  • Friendship tree
  • Dollar plant

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