Having healthy and thriving plants is every gardener’s dream. But sometimes it can be difficult to know and follow all the rules, and knowing about jade plant watering is no exception here.
Therefore, we’ve been talking more about how to water jade plants today and you will learn more about:
- when to water a jade plant
- how and how much to water jade plants
- what to do if you overwater or underwater your jade plant
Hopefully, our simple tips and trick will help you take wonderful care of your Crassula Ovata.
Jade Plant Watering Guide
Jade plants or Crassula Ovata are succulent plants and they hold water in their oval-shaped leaves.
This means that too much moisture or excess water can hurt jade plants as they already store plenty in their bodies.
Therefore, if you want to grow jade plants to be big and healthy, you shouldn’t be watered too often. Once every 10 to 15 days would be enough in most cases, especially if grown indoors.
Still, this doesn’t mean that you should set your alarm to remind you to water your jade plant every 2 weeks. Instead, proper jade plant care would also mean “listening” to your plant and its needs, and that includes:
- light conditions of your home
- temperature conditions of your home
- the soil it is planted in and letting it drain
- the type of the pot
Light Conditions for Jade Plant Care
Jade plants need a lot of bright light to grow and thrive, and so a south-facing window would be the best place to put your plant.
This doesn’t always mean that you should put your jade plant in direct sunlight, but a lot of indirect light all day long is just what it needs to flourish.
However, you need to know how to read the light condition to know how often to water your jade plant.
For example, if your plant is sitting on a window sill where it gets a lot of indirect sunlight and even a bit of direct sunlight, the sunshine and warmth will cause the soil to dry faster, and therefore, you should water your plant more often.
Start with watering it every 10 to 15 days.
On the other hand, if your plant is sitting on your kitchen counter in low light conditions, you won’t need to water it as often as if it was getting bright light all day long, so water it once every 15 to 20 or 25 days.
Feel free to check out our jade plant light requirements guide to learn more about this topic.
Temperature Conditions Jade Plants Need
Jade plants do come from a hot climate but they are not at all too picky about the temperatures they live in.
However, the temperatures do have a say in how often you water your jade tree, and how much sun they get will directly affect the temperature and the watering schedule with it.
In cooler temperatures, or the dormant season for most plants, the soil will not dry as fast as in the summer to you’ll have to water your plants less often.
So, when the temperature drops, better keep your eye on the soil and on how dry/ wet it is, rather than following a watering schedule.
And during spring and summer, when the temperatures are higher, the soil will dry faster and you will need to water your jade plants more often.
If you’re wondering, though, proper temperature for jade plants would be somewhere between 18°C and 24°C or 65° and 75°F.
Jade Plant Soil and Pot Type
We already mentioned that jade plants don’t like moist soil. Instead, let the soil dry before watering again.
But how does the type of soil or potting mix affect your watering schedule?
If you’re using well-draining potting soil and if your pot has drainage holes, the soil will dry faster and you would have to water your plant more often.
If, on the other hand, you’re using heavy soil for your indoor jade plants, the time it takes for the soil to drain will be a little longer and so watering the plant every 10 days would likely cause root rot.
Another thing that is worth mentioning is the type of pot or the materials they’re made of.
For example, clay pot made of natural materials absorbs the water from the soil, therefore helping your money plant dry faster, while jade plants placed in plastic pots do not have this draining help.
So, keep an eye on your plant and when you notice dry soil, it is time to water.
If you want to know more about jade plant potting mix, check our favorite potting mix for jade plant guide.
Note: Jade plants are root bound, which means that they like to be placed in a tight pot and not one that is too large. They can absorb nutrients from water and soil much better if their roots are snuggled tight.
How and How Much to Water a Jade Plant
Watering jade plants from the bottom and with filtered or distilled water (always better than regular tap water full of chemicals that might hurt your plant) is my favorite way to do it.
This method would include placing the pot with your jade plant in another container filled with water and letting it absorb all the water it needs through the drainage holes.
When your plant stops absorbing water, remove it from the container with water and give it some time to drain. Then you can put it back to its place until the next watering.
Another way to water it is probably a more common way – from the top. Just pour water in the potting mix, and if you’re using a well-draining potting mix, it should do all the rest.
A thing to note is that you should try to keep your jade plant dry, as in – do not get water on the woody stems or those tubular leaves.
This may cause problems, especially in heat or direct sunlight.
Remember, slightly moist soil is okay, but don’t let it get soggy.
Having your jade plant sit in water will cause root rot and that is No.1 death for all indoor plants. A humid environment is not the way to go if you want to keep your money plant happy.
What to Do if You Overwater or Underwater Your Jade Plant
Jade plants are, in general, very sturdy plants, and overwatering or underwatering them once or twice won’t kill them.
Still, this doesn’t mean that you should make a habit of improper care or neglect your lucky jade plant!
Underwatering is a less severe problem than overwatering.
However, it doesn’t mean that it is to be taken lightly as underwatering may cause the root to start drying out, the leaves to start developing brown spots and eventually, leaf drop and drying out of the whole plant will occur.
If you notice that this is the case with your jade plant, it is not time to panic yet. You can save it, but it will take some time for the plant to recover.
Just water your plant nicely and thoroughly paying attention that you don’t leave it sitting in water and they make a habit of checking the soil every 2-3 days.
The simplest way to do so is stick your finger in the soil. If the top 1-2 inches of the soil are dry, you can water your plant again.
Overwatering is a much bigger problem and one of the main causes of death in all indoor plants.
If you notice that, once nice and sturdy leaves are becoming to get all soft and ill-looking, it might be a sign that the plant is getting too much water and that the roots are starting to rot.
In this case, you should consider repotting your jade plant and using a nice and well-draining, fresh potting mixture.
This will give you a chance to take a good look at the roots and remove all the parts that are not healthy anymore and are affected by the rot.
Everything that looks mushy or gray, cut it!
If you fear that this will kill your jade plant, it won’t, just be careful not to hurt the healthy parts of the roots.
If you want a precautionary measure, take a few healthy leaves or stems to propagate the plant.
Once you repot your money tree, pay attention to watering in the future and try to empty all excess water as soon as you notice it gathering in the tray.
Hopefully, this short guide of ours has helped you understand your plant better, taught you how to grow jade plant, and take proper care of it.