Growing Succulent Jade Plants: How To Care For Crassula Argentea

If you have ever seen a jade stone, then you have seen Crassula Argentea. This beautiful succulent is native to South Africa and Mozambique.

It is a member of the stonecrop or the Crassulaceae family and is related to Sedum and Sempervivum.

Growing Crassula ArgenteaPin

The leaves of Crassula Argentea are thick and fleshy, with a jade green color. Beautiful white flowers provide a nice contrast to the deep jade green leaves.

If you have any plant in the Crassula family, try to avoid the common mistake of drowning it. These plants are very drought resistant and do not like to have wet feet.

Unlike most plants, there is no set life cycle for the Jade plant. This plant may last in your care for any time with proper maintenance.

If you are just getting started with your green thumb, give the Jade Plant a try since it is one of the easiest to care for.

Quick Facts On Crassula Argentea

  • Family: Crassula
  • Light: Bright, indirect sunlight; South facing the sun
  • Temperature: Above 40° degrees Fahrenheit
  • Water: Water carefully and don’t let it dry out
  • Fertilize: Monthly liquid feed in summer
  • Propagation: Tipshoots
  • Common Problems: Mealybugs, distorted growth, leggy growth, sudden leaf drop

Crassula Argentea Plant Care

How Big Do Jade Plants Grow?

Your Jade Plant can reach a height and width of up to 4′ feet as a house plant.

On the contrary, one of these succulents can grow up to 10′ feet in its natural surroundings in South Africa.

It will slowly grow in size but can be easily controlled by pot size and pruning.

Since Jade plants are slow growers, don’t expect them to double in size yearly.

You may see a growth spurt after repotting, but otherwise, they grow at a moderate pace.

When Does The Jade Plant Flower? Are The Flowers Fragrant?

You will have to wait for your Jade Plant to obtain a height of at least 2′ feet before you can expect its star-shaped white flowers to appear.

These flowers steal the show and sit tall at the tip of shoots over the oval-shaped jade leaves.

It is little wonder why this member of the Crassula family is such a popular house plant.

What Are The Lighting Needs And Temperature Requirements?

A Jade Plant will do well in any light, but it grows best in bright, indirect sunlight.

If you live in a cold climate, keeping your plant indoors during the winter months is best.

This plant is also a good option for you if you live in an area with extreme heat or cold or all seasons.

It can tolerate temperatures as low as 40° degrees Fahrenheit (-6° degrees Celsius) and as high as 100° degrees Fahrenheit (38° degrees Celsius).

How And When To Water And Fertilize Crassula Argentea?

When providing hydration, you must handle the Crassula Argentea with the right balance.

It’s an easy-to-care-for plant, but its watering needs may be tricky.

Water it carefully, but don’t overwater and don’t allow it to become bone dry.

If leaves appear wrinkled or limp during the winter rest period, you can also provide water.

It also is not a “hungry” plant. Supply it with liquid plant food monthly in summer.

What Is The Best Soil For A Crassula Argentea And When Should You Transplant?

Transplant it bi-annually during the spring, if you like. However, annual repotting will help it grow better.

The soil can be a mix of gravel and 2/3 potting soil.

Does The Crassula Argentea Plant Need Special Grooming Or Maintenance?

As mentioned, the Crassula Argentea plant is easy to care for once it meets its watering needs.

Grooming is not required, but you can prune it if you want to control its size.

Pruning is also an excellent way to encourage the plant to produce more leaves and stems.

If it becomes “leggy,” with more stem than leaves, this is an indication that it is not receiving enough sunlight.

If you do some pruning, save the trimmed parts for cuttings you can propagate.

How To Propagate A Jade Plant?

The best way to propagate a Jade Plant is from cuttings.

It is easy to do, and all you need is a sharp knife, some potting soil, and a potted plant.

Here is how to propagate your own Jade Plant:

  • Use a sharp knife to cut about 3″ to 4″ inches (7.5-10 cm.) long from a healthy stem of the plant.
  • Remove the leaves from the cutting’s bottom 2″ inches (5 cm.).
  • Allow the cutting to be callous over for a few days.
  • Then fill a pot with well-draining potting soil.
  • Make a hole in the soil and insert the cutting.
  • Pack the soil around the cutting.
  • Water the soil and place the pot in bright, indirect sunlight.

The cutting will develop roots in 4 to 6 weeks. Once it has roots, you can transfer it to a larger pot.

Crassula Argentea Pests And Diseases

Unfortunately, mealy bugs really love Crassula Argentea plants. These pests will attach themselves to the stems and leaves of the plant and feed on its sap.

You have mealybugs if you see any white, cottony masses on your plant.

To get rid of them, use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol and wipe them away. 

You may have to do this a few times to get rid of all of them.

Crassula Argentea plants are also susceptible to fungal diseases, such as root rot, if they are overwatered.

Your plant has a fungal disease if you see black spots on the leaves or stems.

To prevent fungal diseases, ensure the plant has well-draining soil and don’t water it too often

If your plant does get a fungal infection, you can treat it with a fungicide.

Is A Jade Plant Considered Toxic Or Poisonous To People, Kids, And Pets?

Jade plant is considered slightly toxic when ingested by animals like dogs, cats, and even humans.

Is The Jade Plant Considered Invasive?

No, the Jade plant is not considered to be an invasive plant.

Best Uses For The Crassula Argentea Plant

The Crassula Argentea is a good plant to keep in your home if you have pets or small children, but be careful not to let it get ingested because it’s slightly toxic to people and animals.

This plant is also suitable for beginners because it is easy to care for.

In addition, it can tolerate a wide range of conditions, from low light to bright sunlight.

If you are looking for a plant that requires little maintenance, the Crassula Argentea is a good choice.