Repotting Your Jade Plant: A Guide to Success

a woman in a purple shirt holds a variegated jade plant in a bronze metallic ceramic pot

Jade Plants are resilient and captivating succulents that thrive in containers. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or just starting out, these plants are incredibly low-maintenance. In this article, we’ll delve into the art of repotting Jade Plants, covering when and how to do it, as well as the best soil mix to use.

When to Repot Jade Plants

Spring, summer, and fall are the ideal times for repotting Jade Plants. However, if you live in a region where winter arrives early, it’s best to wait until spring and summer. In Tucson, where I currently reside, I repot my Jade Plants until the end of October. During winter, plants prefer to rest, so it’s advisable to avoid repotting during this season.

The Right Soil Mix for Repotting Jade Plants

Jade Plants are succulents and require a well-drained and aerated soil mix. It’s crucial to provide a medium that allows water to flow out freely, preventing the mix and roots from becoming excessively moist. Since the leaves and stems of Jade Plants store water, the soil mix should dry out between waterings.

To create the perfect soil mix, you can try this easy DIY recipe for succulent and cactus mix. Alternatively, there are various ready-made options available in the market.

When repotting my Variegated Jade Plant, I opted for a beautiful ceramic container with a single drain hole. However, if you choose a plastic grow pot with multiple drain holes, the water will drain more efficiently. To ensure proper drainage in a ceramic pot, I added a 1/2-1″ layer of clay pebbles at the bottom and a small amount of charcoal to absorb any impurities or odors. The main components of the soil mix are the succulent and cactus mix and pumice, which enhance drainage and aeration. Additionally, I incorporated worm compost and compost for natural nourishment.

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Choosing the Right Pot

When it comes to repotting Jade Plants, the type of pot doesn’t significantly impact their growth. Whether you prefer grow pots, terra cotta, fiberglass, resin, concrete, or ceramics, Jades thrive in all of these options.

Steps to Follow

Now that we’ve covered the essentials, let’s walk through the repotting process:

  1. Water your Jade Plant approximately 14 days before repotting. It’s best to keep succulents on the drier side during this phase.
  2. Gently loosen the rootball from the pot. If the plant resists, you can use alternative methods explained in this guide.
  3. Fill the new pot with the soil mix so that the top of the rootball aligns with or slightly protrudes above the pot’s rim. As the plant settles, the weight will naturally cause it to sink down a bit.
  4. Optionally, add a couple of handfuls of compost to the pot for additional nourishment.
  5. Carefully fill in the gaps around the rootball with the soil mix, pressing down lightly on the sides to ensure the plant stands upright in the light mix. Add more mix if necessary.
  6. For the finishing touch, apply a 1/4″ layer of worm compost.
  7. Allow your Jade Plant to settle in the new soil for seven days before watering. Return it to its original bright location, where it can receive ample natural light.

a variegated jade plant sits next to a metallic bronze ceramic pot & a pair of garden gloves on a work table

Aftercare

After repotting, it’s important to give your Jade Plant time to adjust to its new soil mix. Keep it dry for seven days before watering again. Place the plant back in its original bright location, ensuring it receives plenty of natural light.

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Jade Plants, like most succulents, are incredibly low-maintenance. During the warm months, you may water your plant once a month, while in winter, watering every two months should suffice.

How Often Should You Repot a Jade Plant?

Jade Plants have small, shallow root systems. They prefer smaller pots and can easily be overwatered when placed in larger pots with excessive soil mass. As your Jade grows larger and heavier, you’ll need a sturdy pot as its base. However, due to their smaller root system, Jade Plants do not require frequent repotting. You can safely leave your Jade in the same pot for up to five years, as long as its rootball has enough space to grow.

a finger is pointing to the rootball of a variegated jade plant

Repotting a Large Jade Plant

Repotting a large Jade Plant can be a challenge due to its weight and unwieldiness. These plants grow wide as they grow tall, so even a 2′ Jade can be bulky and difficult to handle. When transitioning to a larger pot, keep in mind that the additional soil will significantly increase the weight.

If you’re dealing with a large Jade, it’s advisable to seek assistance. An extra pair of hands can help you remove the plant from its current pot and hold it upright while filling in with soil. Be cautious while working with the plant, as the leaves and stems can break easily. Another person can help prevent the plant from tipping over, reducing the risk of breakage.

close up of the many leaves of a jade plant some of which are edged in red

Jade Plants are not only visually stunning but also extremely resilient. With ample light and a gentle touch when watering, they make for ideal companions in any setting. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or just starting on your green journey, you’ll find that repotting Jade Plants is a breeze!

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