Jade Plant Care Guide

Prosperous. Hardy. Minimal.

The Jade Plant is often associated with prosperity and good luck, adding a meaningful and positive vibe to any setting. Its hardy nature and low-impact care requirements make it an excellent choice for those seeking a resilient and easy-to-maintain plant.

Jade Plant Care Guide

Jade Plant Overview

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The Jade Plant, scientifically known as Crassula ovata, is a beloved succulent known for its thick, fleshy leaves and tree-like appearance. Often referred to as the “money plant” in many cultures, it’s believed to bring prosperity and good luck. This Jade Plant Care Guide will equip you with all the essentials to ensure your plant not only survives but thrives.

Light Needs

Jade Plants thrive in bright light. A south or west-facing window is ideal. If you notice the plant becoming leggy or stretching towards the light, it might be time to move it to a brighter spot. However, while they love light, direct intense sunlight can scorch their leaves, so a little shade during the hottest part of the day is beneficial.

Soil Type

Beginners can opt for a standard cactus or succulent mix available from brands like Miracle-Gro. For those looking for a more advanced mix, combine equal parts of sand, loam, and peat for optimal drainage. The pH should be slightly acidic to neutral, between 6.1 to 6.5.

Watering Preferences

Being a succulent, Jade Plants store water in their leaves. Water thoroughly, then let the soil dry out completely before watering again. Overwatering is a common mistake; if the leaves start to drop or have brown spots, you might be overdoing it.


Originating from the arid regions of South Africa, Jade Plants are accustomed to low humidity. They can thrive in typical indoor humidity levels. However, if you live in a particularly dry area, consider placing a tray filled with pebbles and water beneath the plant pot.

Ideal Temperature Range

Jade Plants prefer temperatures between 65 to 75°F (18-24°C) during the day and slightly cooler at night. They can tolerate cooler temperatures, but it’s best to keep them away from drafts and sudden temperature drops.


Every 2-3 years, consider repotting your Jade Plant, especially if it becomes top-heavy or outgrows its pot. When transitioning, choose a pot that’s 2 inches larger in diameter. This ensures the roots have ample space to grow.


Pruning can help maintain the Jade Plant’s shape and encourage fuller growth. Use sharp, sterilized scissors to remove leggy branches or any unwanted growth. The best time to prune is in the spring, just before the growing season.


Propagating Jade Plants is straightforward:

  1. Take a healthy leaf or stem cutting.
  2. Allow it to dry for a day or two.
  3. Plant the dried cutting in a pot with well-draining soil.
  4. Water sparingly until the cutting establishes roots.

Common Pests

  • Mealybugs: Wipe with alcohol-soaked cotton swabs.
  • Spider Mites: Shower the plant with water to dislodge them.
  • Scale: Use insecticidal soap or neem oil.
  • Aphids: Spray with soapy water.
  • Whiteflies: Introduce beneficial insects like ladybugs.
  • Fungus Gnats: Allow the soil to dry out between watering.
  • Ants: Keep the area around the plant clean and free from food particles.

Common Growth Issues

  • Droopy Leaves: Often due to overwatering. Adjust your watering schedule.
  • Brown Spots on Leaves: Could be sunburn. Relocate to a less sunny spot.
  • Leggy Growth: Not enough light. Move to a brighter location.
  • Leaf Drop: Caused by cold drafts or sudden temperature changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Jade Plants (Crassula ovata) thrive in bright light conditions, so the best place to keep them in your house would be near a south or west-facing window where they can receive plenty of indirect sunlight. However, they can also tolerate partial shade. If you notice the leaves starting to turn red or brown, it may be getting too much direct sunlight and should be moved to a location with more indirect light. Jade Plants are also relatively tolerant of indoor temperatures but prefer a stable environment away from drafts and sudden temperature changes.

The Jade Plant is often associated with good luck, prosperity, and positive energy. In Feng Shui, it is considered a money plant and is often placed in the home or office to attract wealth and prosperity. Its succulent leaves are thought to symbolize growth and renewal, while its resilience and easy-to-care-for nature make it a symbol of enduring friendship and longevity.

Leaf drop in a Jade Plant can be caused by several factors, including:

  1. Overwatering or Underwatering: Both can stress the plant and lead to leaf drop. Jade Plants are succulents and prefer to dry out a bit between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot, while underwatering can cause dehydration.

  2. Temperature Fluctuations: Jade Plants prefer a stable environment. Sudden changes in temperature can cause stress, leading to leaf drop.

  3. Pest Infestation: Pests like spider mites or mealybugs can also cause leaf drop. Inspect your plant regularly and treat as necessary.

To resolve the issue, identify the root cause and adjust your care routine accordingly.


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*Note: Ensure your plants are out of reach from pets, as some can be toxic if ingested.*