How to Grow and Care for a Jade Plant Indoors

By September 2, 2023Uncategorized

The jade plant has succulent leaves with a deep, rich green hue sprouting from somewhat woody stems. Placed in an attractive pot, the jade plant serves as a living piece of art, enhancing the aesthetics of any room.

Beyond the visual allure, the jade plant is low maintenance. It can maintain its vitality even when watered and fertilized less frequently. Nick’s Garden Center delves into growing and caring for the jade plant indoors.

1. Light

The Jade Plant flourishes better when placed in bright, indirect light rooms. Preferably, you should place this plant near a south or west-facing window so it gets optimal amounts of brightness per day.

As a rule, keep your jade plant away from direct sunlight. The reason is that direct sunlight can scorch the plant’s leaves. Moreover, you should avoid placing the plant in dim spaces so it doesn’t elongate and develop weak stems.

2. Watering

Much like many succulents, the jade plant does not require frequent watering. In particular, you should water this plant after its soil dries up. Avoid frequent use since it can lead to root rot and eventual death.

When watering, do so deeply until excess water starts flowing out of the pot’s drainage holes. The deep watering ensures the jade plant’s roots receive ample water until the next session.

3. Soil

Jade plants grow better in soils that allow excess water to pass through easily. The ideal soil is a succulent potting mix. It lets excess water drain through quickly, eliminating chances of overwatering.

If you cannot find a succulent potting mix isn’t at your Denver gardening center, create your own. You combine equal parts of sand, perlite, and regular potting soil.

4. House Location

Jade plants grow best in warm environments with low humidity and plenty of light. While you can keep the jade plant in any room, do not place the plant near drafts and heat vents. Drafts can subject the jade plant to temperature fluctuations, which aren’t ideal for vibrant growth. Likewise, the hot, dry air from heat vents can dry up the jade plant.

If indoor conditions are unfavorable, grow your jade plant outdoors, away from direct sunlight. When winter nears, bring the jade plant indoors. Prolonged exposure to cold spells can damage the jade plant.

5. Disease Prevention

The jade plant is vulnerable to scale, mealybugs, and root rot. For this reason, you ought to inspect the plant for signs of disease and pests. If you notice tiny white insects or sticky residue, use Neem oil or any other safe insecticide to control the pests. For root rot, avoid overwatering and make sure your pot has enough drainage holes.

Things to Look Out For

The secret to maintaining a healthy Jade Plant is vigilant monitoring for signs of disease, pests, or root rot. This proactive practice lets you detect and manage pests and diseases before extensive damage occurs.

Some signs to watch out for during routine inspection include:

  • Drooping leaves. This can be a sign of underwatering, overwatering, or too much sunlight.
  • Yellowing leaves. This can be a sign of overwatering, nutrient deficiency, or too much sunlight.
  • Brown leaves. This can be a sign of underwatering, sunburn, or pests.
  • Leggy growth. This can be a sign of too little light.

Let Nick’s Garden Center Guide You Through Your Gardening Journey

Nick’s Garden offers every plant for your outdoor or indoor space, from vibrant annuals and perennials to shrubs and trees. Besides, we give our clients the knowledge they need to thrive in their gardening endeavors.

Contact us to order your jade plant or learn more about growing this houseplant indoors.