Jade plant 4 inch
Jade plants are succulent houseplants, which makes them fairly resilient and easy to grow indoors—plus, they’re capable of living a long, long time with proper care!
With their thick, woody stems and oval-shaped leaves, jade plants have a miniature, tree-like appearance that makes them very appealing for use as a decorative houseplant. They live for a very long time, often being passed down from generation to generation and reaching heights of three feet or more when grown indoors.
Jade plants adapt well to the warm, dry conditions found in most homes. It’s important to keep the plant watered during the growing season (spring, summer) and drier during the dormant season (fall, winter). However, even during the growing season, the soil should be allowed to dry out fully between waterings, as jade is very susceptible to rot.
Jade plants should receive at least 6 hours of bright light each day. Young plants should be kept in bright, indirect sunlight; large, well-established jade plants can handle more direct sunlight. Kitchens and offices with a south-facing window are typically great spots with just enough light, as are western-facing windows.
Jade plants that are kept in low light can become leggy and top heavy, which makes them susceptible to damage if they fall over or become unable to support their own branches!
Watering jade plants correctly is very important! Improper watering is the number one issue that most people experience with their jade plants. In the spring and summer, when the plant is actively growing, it will require more water than at other times of the year. Water jade plants deeply (meaning that the soil gets sufficiently moistened throughout—not just at the surface) then wait until the soil has mostly dried out before you water it again. This means that you could end up watering it once a week or once a month—it depends entirely on how quickly the soil dries out in the environment where you keep your plant. In the fall and winter, the plant may go dormant, causing it to slow or pause growth entirely. During this time, it won’t need much water. Water it even less often than in the spring and summer, allowing the soil to dry out fully between waterings. Large, well-established jades may not need more than one or two waterings throughout their entire dormancy period. Try to avoid splashing water on the leaves while watering, as this can expose them to rot in a humid environment. Jade plants can be sensitive to salts in tap water, so water with filtered or distilled water if your tap water is not ideal.
If the plant starts to drop its leaves, if leaves look shriveled, or if brown spots appear on the leaves, it is an indication that the plant needs MORE water.
If leaves become squishy and waterlogged, the plant is getting TOO MUCH water.