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Jade Plant Crassula ovata

Growing Jade Plants: Tips at a Glance

Jade plant is a good choice for houseplants because Crassula ovata requires little attention (and less water) and will thrive in indirect light indoors. Don't re-pot it if you can help it; jade plants enjoy crowded roots.

  • Type Evergreen succulent
  • Lifespan Perennial
  • USDA Zones 11-12
  • Light Indirect sun
  • Water Drought tolerant
  • How to Plant Propagate by cutting
  • Design Tip Bonsai
  • Companions Cacti, dracaena
  • Peak Season Winter flowers

Jade Plants: A Field Guide

Was a potted jade plant your introduction to the world of houseplants?  This succulent with pillow green leaves and a friendly personality is hard to kill, easy to propagate, and extremely attractive as it matures into a miniature tree.

Native to Africa, jade plants are drought tolerant (water is stored in those leaves, explaining their plumpness). A member of the Crassula genus, C. ovata thrives indoors in bright, indirect light and well-draining soil. (Like most succulents, it hates wet feet and nothing will kill it faster than over-watering.) If you live in a warm climate (USDA growing zones 11-12), jade plants will thrive as perennials in the garden. If your region is colder, bring your jade plant indoors to survive the winter.

“One of the advantages of owning a jade plant is how easy it is to propagate it,” writes our contributor Jeanne Rostaing.  “The simplest way is just to snip off a few healthy leaves from your plant and lay them on top of some potting mixture (half vermiculite or perlite and half soil is a good formula).” Within two weeks, you will see tiny plantlets emerge.

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