How To Propagate Jade Plant?

Jade plants

Jade plants are succulents beloved for their low maintenance and unique leaf shapes.

If you have an overgrown jade or clippings from pruning, propagating new plants is an easy and rewarding experience.

In this post, we’ll cover the simple tips and tricks you need to propagate jade cuttings successfully so you can grow more of these gorgeous green companions.

By following a few basic techniques surrounding lighting, rooting, and planting, you’ll be amazed at how easily these cuttings take root and begin to spread.

What Is Jade Plant?

Jade plants, scientifically known as Crassula ovata, are succulent plants native to South Africa.

They are part of the Crassulaceae family, including other popular succulents like aloe vera, echeveria, and Senecio.

Jade plants are known for their thick, fleshy leaves that come in round, oval, pointed, or paddle-like shapes.

The leaves store water to help the plant survive dry conditions.

The leaves are usually dark green but can also be variegated with cream or yellow.

Jade plants form woody stems at the base that grows upwards and outward, producing new leaves along the stems.

When well-cared for, these plants can grow into compact, bushy forms and occasionally produce small, star-shaped flowers in white or pink colors.

Goodluck Plants

Jade plants are considered good luck plants in some cultures and are said to bring prosperity, happiness, and good health to the owner.

Jade plants make excellent low-maintenance houseplants that can live for many years with proper care and infrequent watering.

In addition to its ornamental value, the jade plant is considered an excellent air purifier, helping improve indoor air quality by filtering out harmful toxins.

Its ability to thrive in indoor environments with minimal care makes it a popular choice for offices, homes, and even as a gift to plant-loving friends.

Propagating Jade Plant

Jade plant

The jade plant can be easily propagated through various methods, including stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, water propagation, division, and offsets.

Each method has its advantages and success rates, making it accessible for plant enthusiasts of all levels.

Let’s go through each propagation method for jade plants:

Method #1: Leaf Cuttings

Leaf cuttings involve taking a healthy leaf without any signs of damage or disease from a mature jade plant.

After removing the leaf, allow it to dry and form a callus at the cut end for about a day.

Once the leaf has been calloused, place it on top of well-draining soil or a mix of potting soil and sand.

Place the leaf with the cut side down and the healthy side facing up. Water the soil sparingly, ensuring it remains slightly moist but not soaked.

Method #2: Stem Cuttings

Stem cuttings involve snipping a healthy stem (about 2-4 inches, 5-10 cm long) from a mature jade plant.

Like leaf cuttings, allow the stem cutting to dry and form a callus for a day or two before propagation.

Once the stem has been calloused, insert the cut end into well-draining soil or a mix of potting soil and sand.

Water the soil sparingly, as excessive moisture can hinder root development.

The stem cutting will develop roots after a few weeks.

Method #3: Water Propagation

To start, take a healthy stem cutting and, as with other methods, allow it to dry and form a callus for a day or two.

Once the stem has a callus, place the cutting in a glass of water, ensuring the cut end is submerged.

Change the water every few days to keep it fresh. Place the glass in a well-lit area with indirect sunlight.

After a few weeks, small roots should emerge from the cut end of the stem.

Once the roots are about an inch long, transfer the cutting to a pot with well-draining soil.

Plant the cutting carefully, burying the roots and the lower part of the stem in the soil.

Method #4: Division

Division is a propagation method suitable for mature jade plants that have grown multiple or clusters of stems.

Carefully remove the entire plant from its pot, being mindful not to damage the roots.

Check if there are separate, well-developed sections (offsets) around the base of the plant.

Gently separate these offsets from the parent plant, ensuring their roots are attached.

If some offsets lack roots, you can plant them as leaf or stem cuttings and follow the respective propagation methods.

Once separated, plant each offset in its pot with well-draining soil, and water them appropriately.

Method #5: Offsets

Offsets, also known as baby jades, are small plants that develop around the base of a mature jade plant.

As the parent plant grows and matures, it produces these offsets, giving the appearance of multiple plants clustered together.

Once the offsets are a few inches tall and have their well-developed root system, separate them carefully from the parent plant.

After separating the offset, plant it in its pot with well-draining soil, and water it appropriately.


Propagating the jade plant is a rewarding and exciting journey that allows you to expand your green oasis and share the beauty of these charming succulents with others.

You can witness the miracle of new life taking root and flourishing through methods like leaf and stem cuttings, water propagation, division, and offsets.

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