Written by Iris
Jul 16 2021
One of the most popular succulents, the jade plant (Crassula ovata) is appreciated for its nature. Many people like to plant jade plants at home, because they are easy to take care of and lovely. What many people don't realize is that it is almost as easy to grow a tree from its stem or leaf as it is to take care of it. Below you will find the steps for making cuttings and leaves root.
Stem cutting is usually the simplest and most successful method for the propagation of jade plants. This is especially true if you are using larger, healthier stem cuttings.
Now that your stem cutting is ready, what's the next step? You have two different approaches to choose from, which we discuss below.
The water method for propagating a Jade plant is a favorite for many, since it’s often quicker and easier. And perhaps even more importantly, you get to see the roots growing in real time!
With the water method, once your stem cutting has healed, just pop it into a glass or vase of water. Then move the whole thing into bright, indirect sunlight.
The only thing you need to do from that point is change out the water once or twice a week. Once the roots have grown about two inches, you can repot your new little jade plant. Or not: you can leave it in water as long as you want for something a little different.
If you've ever bred a Succulent plant before, you probably know that for many species, you only need one leaf. If you have leaves, whether freshly picked or fallen, you can use them to create new jade plants to enjoy!
To get your leaves, you can gently pluck them from the stems of the jade tree. Make sure the whole leaf falls off. Gently twisting it will help. Just like stem cuttings, you need to give your leaves a few days to heal and prepare them for the reproductive process. Once you've mastered them, you can again choose whether to reproduce in water or soil..
The soil method is the easiest way of propagating jade plant leaves. Literally all you have to do is lay the leaves on the soil in such a way that they touch it. That is all! The great thing about using leaves is that you can put a lot of them into the same pot to increase your chances of success. The resulting plants will be extremely tiny at first and can be separated into individual planters once they’ve grown a bit. Once you have all your leaves in the soil, move them into bright, indirect sunlight and spray every few days to keep the soil ever so lightly moist. When roots and baby plants have started appearing, you can slowly make the switch to a regular succulent watering schedule.
You can do the water method for your leaf cuttings. It tends to be more troublesome since you have to come up with ways of keeping the leaves upright. It’s not impossible, though. Use mesh or toothpicks to suspend the leaf, preferably in a small shot glass.