Jade plants need a lot of sun. However, they should be protected from harsh direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves, especially of young plants. On the flip side, too little light can cause weak, leggy growth that leads the plant to topple over. So aim for at least six hours of bright, indirect sunlight per day. As far as where to place a jade plant in your home, a south-facing window is ideal. West-facing windows also should provide enough light.2
When choosing a potting mix for your jade plant, a succulent-specific blend is your best bet. Ideally, the soil should have a neutral to slightly acidic pH level, and it should drain well to prevent excessive moisture from accumulating and leading to fungal growth. If you end up using an all-purpose potting mix instead, add some perlite to help with drainage. Additionally, you can house your jade plant in a terracotta or clay vessel to help wick extra moisture from the soil.
During the spring and summer, jade plants should be watered often so that their soil is moist but not wet. (Just make sure their drainage is immaculate.) Reduce your watering to once monthly in the winter. Also, if you water from beneath by letting the plant sit in a saucer of water, pour off any excess water after a few minutes. Never let a jade plant sit in water.
Temperature and Humidity
Jade plants prefer average household temperatures ranging from 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. At night and in the winter, jade plants can handle a cooler environment, down to 55 degrees Fahrenheit, though they should never be kept in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit for any prolonged period of time.
Many people underfeed their succulents during their growing season. For the most successful jade plant, feed it with a controlled-release fertilizer at the beginning of the season or weekly with a weak liquid solution. Use a balanced 20-20-20 fertilizer at one-quarter strength on mature plants and a fertilizer with less nitrogen on young plants.
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