Summer is the perfect time for propagating jade plants. Jade plants are extremely easy to propagate this time of the year. Many times a leaf will break off and start to grow roots in the soil without any help from you.
Propagating Jade Plants
Jade plants can be propagated from stem or leaf cuttings, though it takes a while to get a nice sized jade plant from leaf cuttings. A jade plant cutting will root from the leaf joints all along the stem. If you’re trimming back leggy growth on your jade plant, or you’re simply giving it a haircut, save the cuttings for jade plant propagation.
How to Propagate Jade Plants
The first step in jade plant propagation is to choose where you want to cut the stem to make a new plant. If you’re taking stem cuttings, make sure to get at least a few inches of the stem so you have plenty of area for rooting the cutting. Use clean, sterile clippers or a knife to make the stem cutting. You can dip your clippers in rubbing alcohol or wash them with soapy water to sterilize them. If you’re planning to use the leaves for propagating jade plants, carefully break off each leaf.
After taking a cutting from your jade plant, allow the ends of the cuttings to cure (dry out and callus over) for a few days before propagating. This will help prevent rotting of the jade plant cutting. The larger the cutting is, the longer you should let it cure. This isn’t as much of a concern in the summer months, but definitely something you’ll want to do if you’re propagating your jade plant during the winter.
Dip the jade plant cutting into rooting hormone. The rooting hormone will help the jade plant cuttings root faster, I highly recommend it. I find that my jade plant cuttings will not only root faster when I use rooting hormone, but I have more success with propagating jade plant cuttings when I use it.
Loosely fill a container with a rooting mixture. Jade plants will root best in a light, sandy soil that contains a mix of sand, potting soil and perlite. General potting soil is too heavy for propagating jade plants, and can cause the cuttings to rot. You can use a commercial succulent soil mix, a gritty succulent soil mix or try making your own succulent soil to propagate your jade plant cuttings.
Next use a pencil or your finger to make a hole in the middle of the rooting mixture for the jade plant cutting. Gently place the jade plant cutting into the hole so the rooting hormone won’t rub off. Then lightly pack the soil around the base of the cutting so it stays in place, and the soil is in contact with the cutting.
Put the jade plant cutting in a spot where it will be protected from full sun. Don’t water your jade plant cutting until it has roots. If there’s not much humidity in the air, lightly mist the jade plant cutting daily with water using a plant sprayer/mister. Once you start to see new growth on the top of the jade plant cutting, that’s a good sign that it has started to grow roots.
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This jade plant cutting only took 3 weeks to show signs of rooting, and was fully rooted in only 4 weeks.
Once the roots have formed on your jade plant cutting, you can water the cutting like you normally would any jade plant. Jade plants don’t need a lot of water, so allow the soil to dry out completely between watering. If you tend to over water plants, put your jade plant into a clay pot rather than a plastic pot. Always use a clean pot and sterile succulent soil when potting jade plants.
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Look at all these cute little jade plant houseplants I have now. Jade plants make great gifts, and are fun to share with friends. Don’t forget to add a plant tag to each jade plant you propagate.
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