Learn How to Grow a Jade Plant From Cuttings and multiply this easy-to-grow plant without any fuss to gift it to your friends and loved ones!
If you want an easy-to-maintain succulent that looks like a tiny little tree, then growing the Jade plant makes perfect sense. The best part is, it multiplies without any difficulties! Let’s have a look at How to Grow a Jade Plant From Cuttings!
Here are the best types of Jade Plants you can grow
Best Varieties to Grow from Cuttings
Some of the varieties that you can propagate from cuttings are Crassula ovata ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Jade Plant), Crassula ovata ‘Hummel’s Sunset’ (Golden Jade Plant), Crassula ovata ‘Crosby’s Compact’ (Dwarf Jade), and Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ (Hobbit Jade, Gollum Jade, Ogre Ears).
Learn all about how to take care of jade plants indoors here
When is the Right Time to Propagate a Jade Plant?
The best time to propagate a jade plant is when the environment is warm and thus, summer months work perfectly. Cuttings require plenty of humidity with temperatures in the range of 60-85°F or 15-30°C.
If you can ensure these conditions, you can be able to grow many baby plants from Jade plant cuttings all through the year!
Things You’ll Need
- Rooting Hormone
- A healthy Jade Plant
- A cactus mix or succulent potting soil
- Spray bottle filled with water for misting
- Clean sharp pruning shears or knife
How to Grow Jade Plant from Cuttings?
Growing jade plants from cuttings is a novice’s work if certain conditions are kept in mind.
1. Choose a Perfect Cutting
The chances of successful propagation increases when you collect your cuttings from a healthy plant.
- Cut 4-6 inches long stem just above a leaf node. Remove all the leaves from the cutting except those at the top end.
- Do not go for soft or new branches. Also, avoid taking cuttings with cuts and nicks.
- Use clean pruners to prevent the plant from getting susceptible to fungal diseases.
- After cutting the stem, leave it in a warm place for the open end to dry out. During this period, a protective layer called callous will be formed in 7-10 days, keeping the plant from developing any fungal disease.
- Summer months, when the weather is warm and dry, are the best to propagate a jade plant. Although, you can do it throughout the year with proper care.
2. Dip in Rooting Hormone
This step will speed up the process of propagation.
- After the open end has dried out, dip the cutting in a rooting hormone.
- Rooting hormones are powdery or liquid substance that reduces the rooting time and increases the number of roots produces. Have a look at this study to know about the benefits of a rooting hormone.
3. Prepare the Potting Mix
Jade plants, like any other succulents, thrive in a well-draining potting mix.
- Combine equal parts of sand and perlite. Make sure to prepare a well-draining mixture to prevent the conditions of wet feet, which can be fatal for your succulent.
- For best results, plant the cuttings in a succulent or cactus mix. You can also plant them in a seed starting mix. Check out our article on making succulent potting mix here.
- Jade plants love slightly acidic to neutral soil.
4. Plant the Cutting
As a final step, make a small hole with your finger in the potting mix and plant the cutting into the soil. Press the sides of the stem so that it sits in the soil firmly.
Ideal Conditions of Growing a Jade Plant from Cuttings
1. Temperature & Humidity
- The plant does well in a temperature range of 65-85 F (15-30 C).
- Do not expose the plant to temperatures below 50 F (10 C). Also, keep it away from cold drafts as it may cause leaf drop.
- Jade plants prefer low humidity of around 30-50%. You must refrain from misting a jade plant as normal household humidity is enough for this plant to thrive.
Jade plants need 2-3 hours of direct sunlight, so an east-facing window will be perfect for the plant. It is advisable not to expose jade plants to an intense heat source.
- The Jade plant needs to be watered thoroughly. Also, make sure that the water drains out completely, not making the soil soggy.
- The trick to watering a jade plant perfectly is to wet the soil thoroughly till water seeps down from the draining hole, then wait until the topsoil dries out before watering next.
- Young jade plants need to be watered frequently’ while mature plants need lesser water.
Pro Tip: Do not water from above the leaves as the plant doesn’t like much moisture.
- Jade plants are not heavy feeders and should be fed only in the growing seasons, i.e, spring and summer.
- Never fertilize a jade plant in winter as the plant goes dormant during this time and does not absorb nutrients from the soil, leading to salt build-up around the roots.
- Use a balanced fertilizer once in 4-5 weeks during the growing period. Do follow the instructions on the label. Fish emulsion and Epsom salt are cool organic options that aid in overall plant growth.
- Young jade plants prefer to be repotted in 3-4 years while the older ones need less frequently.
- Repot the plants only in summer or spring and not in winter when they are incomplete rest. Do not water a jade plant for a week after repotting.