Jade Plant

Jade Plant

Crassula argentea

Full sun. Low humidity. Little water. If there’s a perfect houseplant for northern New Mexico it may be the jade plant. Even people who claim to have a “brown thumb” can have great success with this succulent that needs just 5 simple things. The ease of care and their longevity make jade plants a great gift.

jade-plant-in-pot_0623Many people have raised big, beautiful jade plants that are up to three-feet tall that started in little 4-inch pots. That’s because they need five simple things for a long and healthy life:

  1. A sunny location. They like full sun, but direct sun can burn their leaves, so think bright but not too close to a west or south-facing window.
  2. Low humidity. Easy to come by here in the high desert.
  3. Good drainage in a loamy, porous soil mixture.
  4. Water thoroughly, but be sure to check the top of the soil before watering. If it’s damp, wait. When it is dry, water.
  5. Regular feeding with mild liquid fertilizer from February through October.


Type of Plant: Tropical House Plant

Distinguishing Characteristics: Stumpy, shiny green leaves, branches freely

Water Use: Low

Flower Color: NA

Sun/Location: Full Sun