Jade Plant Propagation:2 Easy Methods

Written by Iris

Jul 16 2021

Jade Plant Propagation:2 Easy Methods

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.

Jade Plant Propagation-Stem method

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.

Here's how you can do it:

  • Take a sterilized knife or scissors and cut the stem cleanly, making sure to select the section with at least two nodes (the bulge from which leaves and roots can grow). It also includes some healthy leaves. Any stem cutting size will do, but people are usually more successful with larger cuts.
  • Carefully remove the leaves from the bottom of the cuttings, leaving only a few healthy leaves at the very top. If you want more Jade plants, please keep all the leaves you picked. We'll show you what to do with them below.
  • Let the stem cut (and any picked leaves) rest in a warm, dry place for about three days. This is to give the damaged edges of the incision a chance to heal and callus tissue, making it less prone to decay.

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 soil method

You can cut the stems directly into the soil. Succulents are very resilient, so this almost always works. The only downside is that you can't really keep track of your cutting progress, at least not until new leaves start appearing.
  • Find a pan or tray with a drain hole. Standard plastic nursery POTS work well.
  • Fill the pan with well-drained loose soil. Emerald plants are not too picky, so you can mix some standard potting soil with a small amount of perlite to increase drainage.
  • Wet the soil with water. Just moist to the touch but not soggy.
  • If you have some on hand, you can dab the cuttings into a rooting hormone powder to stimulate rooting.
  • Poke a hole in the soil with your finger or stick. It only needs to be deep enough so that the stem cut can stand up.
  • Cut the stems into bright indirect light and water every few days.

The water method

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.

Jade Plant Propagation-Leaf method

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

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.


The water method

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.