Jade plants, commonly referred to as a lucky plant, friendship tree or money tree, is a beautiful plant with waxy leaves and small white or pink flowers. This popular houseplant is native to South Africa and can be found in houses across the globe. Growing a jade plant is easy and does not require much work. It’s a wonderful starter plant for beginners and will look great in your home. While caring for a jade plant is very easy, it’s even easier to root a jade plant. You can do this from both stem and leaf cuttings. Follow these steps and learn how to root a jade plant from cuttings and leaves:
How to Root a Jade Plant Using Cuttings
Rooting a jade plant from cuttings is the most effective growing method. All you need to do is select a healthy branch of an existing jade plant. Keep in mind when rooting a jade plant, you need a branch that is at least three to four inches in length. If you are unsuccessful in finding the perfect branch, consider rooting your jade plant from leaves. Once you have found the perfect branch, remove it from the plant with a sharp, clean knife or gardening scissors.
The cutting will be wet and must dry completely, before rooting. If you root your cutting while it is wet, your cutting can form bacteria and plant-related diseases. Place your cutting in a warm, dry place at least seven to fourteen days. Once your cutting has completely dried and hardened, you can prepare your potting mixture. Use a mixture of one part soil to one part perlite or vermiculite. Dig a small hole and place your cutting into the soil mixture. Mound the soil at the base to hold your cutting in place. Lightly sprinkle water over your soil. Water sparingly and only use enough to make the soil slightly damp. Within weeks you will notice your cutting start to sprout roots. Once your plant takes root you have a brand new jade plant, now you can re-pot your jade plant or plant it in your garden.
How to Root a Jade Plant Using Leaves
If you were unable to find a long branch suitable for rooting, or only have a few leaves of a jade plant, you could still grow a jade plant. You’ll need to obtain a few healthy leaves of an existing jade plant. Make sure to snip the leaves with a small pair of gardening clippers, instead of pulling them off. This will keep the leaves from tearing. Once you have your leaves removed from the plant, you can prepare your potting soil. Use the same mixture as stated -about a 1:1 ratio.
Place your jade leaves on top of the potting soil mixture. Water your jade leaves once, immediately after potting them. Keep the soil damp and water occasionally until the leaves have rooted. Make sure you do not overwater your leaves. After your leaves form roots, you will notice tiny plants sprouting from the edges of the leaves. The plantlets will only sprout from the edges that are touching the soil and can take anywhere from two to eight weeks to form. When the plantlets reach about three to five inches in height, you can re-pot them and treat them like normal jade plants. Once they grow a few inches tall, you can treat them as normal jade plants. Growing jade plants from leaves is a great idea for gift giving. Root as many leaves as you need, re-pot them in decorative pots and give the friendship plant to your friends, family, and neighbors. You can even share your rooting secrets so that they can learn how to root a jade plant too!
Rooting a jade plant is probably one of the easiest things you can do in gardening. It’s a great project to let the kids in on too! They’ll be able to get a hands-on experience and learn a little bit about gardening. They will also be able to see the leaves or cuttings grow before their very eyes. After your children root their own jade plant, they will definitely have a better understanding of how things grow, and they will learn to appreciate nature in a whole new way.