How to Propagate Jade Plant: A Step-by-Step Guide

Do you have a jade plant that you love, but it’s not growing the way you want it to? Are you looking for a way to propagate your jade plant so you can create more plants like it? If so, then this step-by-step guide is for you! I’ll show you how to propagate jade plant using two different methods, so you can choose the one that works best for you. Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

  1. A sharp knife or gardening shears
  2. A jade plant that you want to propagate
  3. A pot or container for your new jade plant
  4. Potting soil
  5. Water

Method One: Stem Cuttings 

The first method is to take cuttings from your existing jade plant. You’ll need to use a sharp knife or gardening shears to cut a stem that is about four inches long. Make sure that the stem you choose has at least two leaves on it.

Once you have your cutting, remove the bottom leaves so that you are left with just two at the top. You can either pot your cutting immediately or place it in a glass of water to root. If you choose to pot it immediately, make sure to use a pot or container that is big enough for your cutting and has drainage holes. Fill the pot with potting soil and water it well. Place your cutting in the soil, making sure that the leaves are above the soil line. Water your plant again and place it in bright, indirect light.

You will need to water your plant regularly, making sure that the soil stays moist but not soggy. In a few weeks, you should see new growth in your plant. Once your plant has established roots, you can transplant it into a larger pot or container.

Method Two: Leaf Cuttings

One of the most popular ways to propagate jade plants is through leaf cutting. To get started, cut off a healthy leaf from the main plant, ensuring that the leaf has a stem attached. Next, place the leaf in a pot filled with moistened potting mix. Be sure to bury the leaf’s stem in the mix, as this will help promote root growth. Once the leaf is in place, cover the pot with plastic wrap or a clear lid to create a mini greenhouse.

Place the pot in a bright location but out of direct sunlight, and check on it daily to ensure that the soil remains moist. In 6-8 weeks, you should see new growth emerging from the soil. At this point, you can remove the plastic and begin watering your new jade plant as usual. Soon, you’ll have a whole new generation of these beautiful plants!

What Are the Best Conditions for Growing Jade Plants?

Now that you know how to propagate jade plants, you might be wondering what the best conditions are for growing them. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Jade plants prefer bright, indirect light and will thrive in a spot near a south- or west-facing window.
  • These plants are drought-tolerant and only need to be watered every one to two weeks. Allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again.
  • Jade plants prefer well-draining soil, so use a potting mix containing Perlite or sand.
  • Fertilize your jade plant once a month during the spring and summer months using a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer.

How Can I Tell if My Jade Plant Is Healthy?

Here are a few signs to look for that indicate your jade plant is healthy and happy:

  • The leaves are plump and fleshy with a deep green color.
  • The stems are thick and Woody.
  • There are no signs of pests or disease.
  • The plant has a compact growth habit.

If you see any of these signs, congratulations! You are successfully growing a healthy jade plant. With a little care and attention, you can enjoy these beautiful plants for many years to come.

What If I Can’t Get My Jade Plant to Grow?

If you’re having trouble getting your jade plant to grow, you can try a few things. First, ensure that you provide the plant with bright, indirect light and well-draining soil. Second, be sure to water your plant only when the soil is completely dry. Finally, if you’re still having trouble, consider asking for help from a local nursery or gardening center.

Should I Propagate My Jade Plant in Water or Soil?

You can propagate jade plants in either water or soil, but most gardeners prefer to use soil. This is because jade plants are susceptible to root rot, which can occur when the roots are exposed to too much moisture. If you choose to propagate your plant in water, be sure to use a clean container and change the water every week. Also, be sure to transplant your plant into the soil as soon as you see new growth emerging, as this will help prevent root rot.


Jade plants are a beautiful addition to any home and are surprisingly easy to propagate. Following the steps outlined in this guide, you can successfully propagate jade plants using leaf cuttings or stem cuttings. Soon, you’ll have a whole new generation of these beautiful plants! Thanks for reading, and happy gardening!

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