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Propagating Jade Plants at Home: A Practical Guide!

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Crassula ovata, or the Jade plant, is also known as friendship, money, or silver dollar plants. They originate in South Africa and are hardy, beginner-friendly plants; they come in many varieties: shapes, sizes, and colors. The Jade plant is a perennial evergreen shrub. 

You can propagate Jade Plants from leaves or stems. To propagate with leaves, you can break them off or snip them off as close to the stem as possible. To propagate using stems, you can lay them on top of the soil or put the stem down in the soil.

Leaves and stems can fall from the native plant and grow roots where they land, resulting in two plants. Propagating the money tree is as simple as placing the stem or leaf atop some soil and watering. You could also bury the callused end, and either method is suitable for propagating the Jade plant. 

If you’re new to gardening and plants or a seasoned green thumb, a Jade plant makes a beautiful addition to any space.

They’re commonly found as houseplants and office plants and used to fill space in public settings. This article will give you the information you need to know about propagating a Jade plant. 

Jade Plant 1
Jade Plant 1
Do Jade Plants Produce Seeds?

Jade plants rarely bloom when they’re cultivated indoors. Plants cultivated indoors generally bloom as they age (above 30 years old).

This individualistic trait gives the plant the honorary title of the friendship plant. If the plant doesn’t bloom, it won’t produce seeds.

However, planting a Jade plant outdoors could cause it to bloom in the Spring, given the right conditions. Then you could harvest seeds from your Jade plant’s flowers.

Time of Year That I Should Propagate my Jade plant?

It’s best to sew Jade seeds in the Spring or summer, as propagation happens quicker in warmer, more humid climates or conditions.

However, if you’re cultivating Jade indoors, you don’t have to worry as much about the season. Jade plants belong to the succulent family and will grow in almost any indoor setting. 

When Should You Propagate Jade plants?

As with most succulents, the warmer season will show faster growth than the cool season. Spring and summer are optimal for healthy and fast-growing starts, but you can propagate Jade indoors any time of year as long as they’re grown in the right conditions. 

The warmer months are better for propagation because the plant’s recovery and growth processes are more manageable. If you’re growing indoors, keep the propagated plants above 65 degrees Fahrenheit and water once to twice per week. 

What are Optimal Temperatures to Propagate a Jade plant?

65-80 degrees Fahrenheit is an optimal temperature range for propagating Jade plants. If you’re planting outdoors, it’s best to wait until the temperatures are steady, so the cold doesn’t shock your plant.

If you’re planting indoors, you’ll want to ensure the propagating plants are out of direct sunlight, but they get lots of bright indirect light.

Most Jade plants won’t tolerate temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, especially for a prolonged period. In the winter, they’re comfortable in 40-45 degree weather. 

Is There More Than One Way to Propagate Jade plants? 

You can propagate Jade plants in various ways, and the stems, leaves, or seeds can propagate Jade plants. Here’s the breakdown:

Leaves

  • The leaves can simply be laid flat on top of the soil to propagate a new Jade plant. The leaf will grow roots and use the nutrients left in the leaf to produce more tiny plantlets, or baby plants, that will grow into a new plant. The new plant uses the water stored in the leaf to grow. 
  • By planting the callused end of the leaf into the soil, it will begin to grow roots and grow new leaves as well. 
  • It could take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months to see new baby plants appear. This growth time will likely depend on other factors, such as season, humidity, soil composition, and propagation methods.

Stems

  • When a stem falls from the mother plant, it will root itself and become an individual plant. It will grow roots from the broken parts and begin to grow new stems and leaves. 
  • You may also propagate new Jade plants by taking a stem from the plant, removing the bottom 2-3 layers of leaves, and planting it, so it stands up in the soil. 

When using stems or leaves, it’s essential to let the broken end of the leaf or stem heal or callus for 3-5 days, preventing it from rotting when you plant it. 

Seeds

Follow these steps when planting Jade plant seeds.

  1. In the center of the pot you choose, you can plant seeds 1 inch apart and 1 inch away from the pot’s sides. 
  2. Keep in a bright space, but don’t expose your seeds to direct sunlight (when growing them indoors). Let the soil barely dry between waterings, watering about once a week. Keep them at a steady temperature of around 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit to germinate.
  3. Repot them when they outgrow the container they’re in.

You can look at this handy guide for details on planting Jade outdoors. 

Can I Propagate Jade in Water?

You can quickly propagate Jade by rooting it in a glass of water. First, you’ll want to remove the leaves under the water surface. Once the Jade plant grows a handful of roots, it will be prime time to plant your cutting!

Can I Propagate Jade plants in the Soil?

You’ll want to dampen the soil when propagating Jade in the soil before adding the plants. Then you can do any of the following:

  • Lay leaves on top of the soil to allow them to root.
  • Plant leaves so they are standing upright in the soil.
  • Lay stems on top of the soil to allow them to root. The stem may root downward in multiple places.
  • Plant stems, so they are standing upright in the soil. Remove any leaves that would be under the soil’s surface.

What Kind of Soil Do I Need to Propagate Jade plants?

Jade plants are hardy plants that can survive in almost any condition. However, they are prone to root rot. If the soil the plant is in holds excessive water, it can rot from the roots up. The top of the plant may look okay, but it won’t grow. 

Jade plants prefer fast-draining soil. You can use succulent or cactus gardening soil or mix your own at home. According to the Old Farmers’ Almanac, a 2:1 ratio of potting mix to perlite is an excellent place to start if you want to make your soil. 

What Conditions Do My Jade Clippings Need During Propagation?

Jade is succulent, which means it can persevere through drought and other harsh conditions, but it may be susceptible to root rot if overwatered.

In sunlight, bright pink or red may appear on the ends of their leaves, indicative of a happy and healthy succulent. Like other succulents and cacti, it prefers bright light, warmer temperatures, higher humidity, and fast-draining soil and requires less water. 

Here are the necessities of a Jade plant during propagation:

  • Fast draining soil
  • Moist but not overly saturated soil 
  • Bright indirect light
  • Warm temperatures
  • High humidity

What Materials Do I Need to Get Jade plant Clippings?

To get a clipping from a Jade plant, you’ll need the following materials:

  • A mother plant to get clippings from
  • Some ways to remove the stems or leaves from the mother plant (sharp knife, scissors, shears)
  • Some ways to contain, keep, and grow the clipping (a pot with soil and drainage holes or a container with water)

How Do I Get a Clipping of a Jade plant?

  1. To clip a stem of a jade plant, you’ll want to look at the rings on the stems and cut them in the middle of one of the sections between them.  
  2. The clipping should have a minimum of two leaves, but it would be best if the clipping had 3-6 sets of leaves. This would allow you to break leaves off to plant in soil or root in water. Where you remove leaves will grow roots, so you want them in the soil or underwater.
  3. Leave the stems out to callus over 3-5 days. Bigger stems need more time to heal. This waiting period prevents the stem from rotting before growing roots.

How Long Will it Take a Jade plant to Get Roots (in water)?

If you’re trying to root Jade plants in water by stem clippings, it will probably take 2-3 weeks to have enough substantial root growth to plant them in soil. 

If you want the roots to grow faster, you can try using rooting hormone from your local garden center. You can also find it on Amazon, Walmart, or Lowe’s.

How Long Will it Take a Jade plant to Get Roots (in soil)?

Depending on the conditions, a Jade plant planted in the soil can take two weeks to 2 months to see root growth. Warmer weather will result in more growth. Jade will propagate best in hot and humid conditions, growing the slowest in dry or cold seasons. 

Can I Plant a Jade plant Outside?

Jade plants are perennials; in that case, you can plant them outside, and they’re tolerant of temperatures higher than 40 degrees Fahrenheit. They can withstand various conditions, but they prefer warm and humid climates. In the United States, they survive best in hardiness zones 10-12. 

In the Spring, Jade plants planted outdoors may bloom with small pink flowers. After their bloom, the blooms should be dead-headed (or removed) to keep the Jade plant green and healthy. 

FAQs about Jade Plants

Conclusion

Growing a Jade plant at home can be a rewarding experience. After all, one of its names is the friendship plant. The Jade plant is a moderate-growing perennial succulent bush that can withstand drought and other harsh conditions.

This plant is for you if you’re a new or polished plant caretaker. They’re easy to care for and low maintenance. 

A beginner could pick up this plant and see success with it. An advanced plant parent could have this succulent for a lifetime and be rewarded with beautiful blooms as the plants reach a mature age. A plant connoisseur could propagate baby Jade plants to give to friends or take them to market. 

On your plant journey, the crassula ovata or the Jade plant is a splendid plant to add to your garden. Kindly subscribe to our website by filling in the information below if you want to know more about these beautiful Jade Plants.