Jade plants are some of the easiest to grow in your garden. They make an excellent flower plant you can grow in a pot indoors. What many gardeners don’t know is that it is easy to propagate a jade plant from the stem or cuttings. There are several methods you can employ once you understand how to root a jade plant.
Jade plant makes a beautiful indoor plant. Since I started growing them in the summer of 2011, and the course of this period, I have learned through first-hand experience working on cultivating some of the best Jades in my backyard. I have taken the liberty to share with you some of the best tips and tricks I know on how to root and propagate a Jade plant. You can read more about it below.
How to Root a Jade Plant?
Like I mentioned before, there are different methods you can choose when it comes to rooting your Jade, and it doesn’t matter which one you opt for, the trick to succeeding is to know the best conditions your Jade cuttings can excel in. You can efficiently perform cuttings on your plant with a few items you can find in your kitchen.
Propagating Your Jade Plant
You can decide to propagate your Jade from the leaf or stem cuttings. Through my extensive experience breeding the species of flower, I have found that reproducing from the stem cuttings is a quicker method compared to the leaf cuttings. So if you wish to start immediately and don’t want to have to wait until the plant begins flowering, then you should propagate from the stem. It is worth mentioning that both methods are easy to perform and work efficiently when adequately handled.
When to Propagate Jade Plant
The best time for cultivating your Jade plant is when the weather is warm and humid, so you already know that Summer is the only season with the right conditions to support the growth of Jade. While you can certainly succeed at cultivating the plant throughout the year, it is relatively easy to do so during the warmest months.
How to Propagate Jade Plant?
With the right household supplies, you can propagate Jade without having to spend much on any fancy equipment or hire a gardener. But before you begin, you will need to provide the following materials to make the process simple.
- Stem or leaf cuttings of a Jade plant
- a fertile potting soil
- a pair of clippers
- plant rooting hormone
- clean pots
Propagating from Stem Cuttings
Growing Jade from stem cuttings is the fastest way to yield a decent sized plant. Propagating the cuttings is as simple as taking any size of the stem, even if it from a broken branch or stem. You can also decide to make do with clippings from pruning your plant and use it to get the job done. But if you will need to use cutting for the sake of propagating, you can quickly get one by
Taking a Stem Cutting from a Jade Plant
You can take a cutting from a Jade plant by first deciding which part of the stem you would like to cut to make your new plant. It is best to take up to three inches of the stem cuttings so you can also have enough space to root the cuttings. You will need to use a sterile clipper to make the cuttings from the stem, so you do not cause the stem to rot. You can sterilize your clipper by cleaning it properly and dipping it in rubbing alcohol before using it.
You will need to remove some sets of leaves if you find any growing down the stem.
Preparing the Cutting for Propagation
Once you have removed the cutting from the Jade plant, you will need to let the ends with the cuttings cure first. You can do this by allowing it to dry for a few days to prevent the rotting of the cuttings. Large cuttings will need more time to cure, and if you are propagating in the cold winter months, you will need to allow it to heal for a longer time.
Propagating from Leaf Cuttings
I only try this method usually when I want to experiment with leaf propagation as I have already mentioned, this method requires a long time to grow a large Jade plant compared to stem cuttings. But if you are interested in propagating from leaf cuttings, you can do so by carefully breaking off each leaf from the bottom part. You will need to do this to prevent the leaves from rotting.
Like with the stem cuttings, you will also need to allow them to dry first before rooting them in the soil. But you want to be careful not to allow them to dry out completely, as it is difficult to root Jade plants once they are dried up.
Rooting Jade Plant Cuttings in Soil
You can easily root your Jade plant cuttings in soil by following the steps below.
- Dip the cutting in rooting hormone – You will need to do this to speed up the rooting process. These hormones are engineered explicitly to increase rooting time, and you should find one made from entirely organic materials.
- Fill your pot with the right soil – Jade plants grow better in sandy soil with a light texture, and a mixture of perlite, coarse sand, and potting soil.
- Drill a hole in the soil to hold the stem – You can do this by using your finger or a garden spoon to make a little hole at the middle of your potting soil for the Jade cuttings. You will not need to make a hole if you are rooting a leaf cutting, you can place the leaf on top of the soil and cover the cut end with fresh soil.
- Once you have successfully rooted your cuttings, you can now move your pot to an area where it is doesn’t get damaged from direct sunlight.
After successfully rooting your plant, you will need to wait for two to three weeks for the cuttings to form a root. You can tell once you start to notice a growth on top of the Jade plant cuttings. You can follow the procedures above on how to root a Jade plant, even if you have not done it before.
If you have any questions or would like to contribute to the topic, feel free to do so in the comment section. We will love to hear from you.
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