The Jade plant is one of the easiest to care plant. Like other succulents, this plant requires minimum maintenance. It is essential to repotting jade plants at the right time to thrive. Over time, soil quality reduces and reduces plant growth.
Jade plants require very minimum water and fertilizer to thrive. This plant requires annual reporting. Therefore you have to do it properly.
Jade plant also called as money plant, lucky plant or Crassula ovata. It is natively growing in South Africa and Mozambique semi-desert. Since it is succulent, it requires minimum water in hot summer.
Most gardeners prefer to grow this plant as an indoor house plant. Money plants prefer to grow on a well-draining potting mix. In this Jade repotting guidepost, I will show you everything about repotting the jade plants.
When should I repot my jade plant?
Before deciding when to repot jade plant, you have to consider few factors that affect repotting. You have to consider the following factors.
- The best time is early spring in the year to re-pot the money plant. At this time temperature is rising, and it has a warmer evening.
- Check the soil quality. If the soil loses its quality and water drain faster than the previous, it needs to change the soil.
- Check rootbound in bottom drainage holes.
- The plant has outgrown its current pot.
Repotting jade plants in winter not recommend. In this freezing winter, the plant is in dormancy and can kill your plant.
What kind of soil does a jade plant need?
Jade plants prefer the grow on a well-drain aerated potting mix. I do not prefer to use all-purpose potting soil. Since it uses more water repellent materials like peat moss, it can lead to jade plant leaves turning black spots and falling off.
I always recommend using ¼ inch size bonsai gritty mix contain potting mix for jade plants. This bonsai soil has good aeration and fast drainage.
Indoor jade plant soil mix.
I recommend bonsai gritty mix ¼ inch with organic compost and perlite mix potting soil for the money plant. This is the perfect soil mix for indoor jade plants.
Gritty mix ensures good drainage, and well aeration and organic compost provide enough nutrients and perlite or pumice to improve the fast drainage.
- Gritty mixes 5 parts (¼ inch size or similar size).
- Organic compost 2 parts.
- Perlite 2 part.
You can replace organic compost with vermicompost. Adding a few charcoals for succulents is also beneficial to improve drainage. Charcoal absorbs moisture and prevents root rot and fungus development. It is beneficial for indoor plants. Some o the bonsai gritty mix contain a few charcoals. Therefore before adding extra charcoal, check the description.
Outdoor jade plant soil mix.
Depending on the plant location, we have to use a slightly different potting mix. The soil mix should contain few water retaining materials for outdoor jade plants to reduce regular watering requirements. This soil recipe is suitable for plants that expose over 5 or 7 hours of full sun.
- Succulent potting mix 5 parts.
- Gritty mixes 1 part (¼ inches or similar size).
- Organic compost 2 parts.
- Perlite or pumice 2 parts.
Adding one part of charcoal for succulents and cactus is beneficial to improve aeration and drainage (1⁄2 to ¼ inch size or similar size). Adding one part of charcoal is definitely improves your plant soil quality.
How to choose a pot for jade plants.
The reason for repotting the jade plant is growing day by day, and its current container is not enough to develop its root system. The plant needs enough room to thrive. Therefore you have to select a few inches larger pot than the previous one. Always choose wider and not deeper containers. That is the best side pot for jade plants.
The best pot size for the jade plants is 3 or 4 inches larger than the root bowl. You can read more about how to choose succulent pots in my previous container selection guide.
How to repot jade plants.
Repotting plants should be done more carefully without damaging the plant. Generally, when replanting, there can be minor damage to the root system.
First, decide your Jade plant pruning is required. If the plant has outgrown and has more branches, you have to prune it. The removed branches and leaves can be used to propagate jade plants.
To begin, carefully remove the plant from the container and set it aside.
Next, remove old soil, any dead roots, and any rotten roots. For this, use a twister and brush. Make sure that you do not damage the root system excessively by chopping it up.
Add a drainage hole mesh to cover the bottom holes. This is crucial to avoid drainage holes from becoming clogged. A layer of small pebble chips can be used if you cannot find a mesh.
Then fill the container with your DIY succulent soil mix. Fill 1/3 of the container.
Then carefully place the plant and fill the rest of the container. Fill the container with the remaining soil until half an inch or so of space is left from the top of the pot.
I do not recommend water for until two days. Move your plant to a shaded place for about 2 days, on the 3rd-day water well. The reason for not watering for 2 days is that it damages the root system when repotting succulents. If the water touches the damaged roots, it can lead to jade plant root rot and end up with repotted jade plant dying.
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