Jade Plant Crassula Ovata Care Growth, Propagation, & Uses- FAQs

Crassula Ovata Jade plant is a popular succulent since the wild 1970s. They are very easy to grow, care, and propagate, that is why most of the succulent lovers choose a jade plant to grow in their homes.

For decades, Crassula Ovata is considered or believed to be lucky for the house.

What does this mean for you?

There are rumors and stories about jade that they bring charm and good luck to the owner’s house.

In the 970s, they were like pop culture. Many wealthy families grew gardens of jade plants not because of its luck and charm, but there were many health benefits (medicinal uses) and they were kind of luxurious home décor items.

that is why it got names such as money tree, lucky tree, lucky plant, dollar plant, money plant, etc.

Jade Plant Crassula Ovata – Complete Guide

jade plant crassula ovata

  • Jade Plant
  • Jade Tree
  • Money Tree
  • Money Plant
  • Friendship Tree
  • Lucky Plant
  • Dollar Plant
  • Japanese Rubber
  • Chinese Rubber
  • Dwarf Rubber
  • Cotyledon ovata
  • crassula argentea
  • A crassula articulate
  • crassula license
  • crassula nitida
  • A crassula oblique
  • crassula portulacea
  • Toelkenia ovata.
  • Crassula Ovata


 Origin of Crassula Ovata “lucky plant” 

  • Though Jade succulent is native to Mozambique, South Africa, now they are more of a household name in the west

Description and Appearance of Crassula Ovata “money plant”

  • Crassula Ovata has well-branched and large, compact, and rounded, lush green shrub up to 1-3.1m.
  • Jade plant’s leaves are glossy, dark grey-green, and oval.
  • Flowers (bloomed lucky jade) are pinkish-white and star-shaped.
  • You will see these flowers in winters and springs.
  • Lucky plant’s branches are short but stubby, well-proportioned, and strong.
  • Branches are grey-greenish in color. The brownish strips (bark usually peels in horizontal) you may see here and there on Chinese Rubber plant’s stem; they are in older specimens.
  • Crassula Ovata “jade plant’s” leaves are oval to elliptic, red margins with a little bit pointed is usual.
  • The leaves are 30-93 mm long, 19-41 mm wide (the measurements may be different in some jade plants, depending on the location, growth, and care).
  • The leaves are clustered towards the end of the branches
  • The money tree’s leaves are in opposite pairs.
  • One pair is naturally set at a right angle to the next one.
  • You may see beautiful pale-pink, whitish star-shaped flowers on your Crassula Ovata in the cold winter months.
  • The entire bush is covered with these amazing scented flowers.
  • Another amazing natural display of art on these lucky jades is the arrangement of flowers.
  • They develop into these tiny capsules; each capsule holds many micro (tiny) seeds.
Indoor, money jades can grow up to an impressive 5-5.6 feet in height.Jade plants outside can grow up to 2-4 feet in height.
Why the jade plant is called a lucky plant? An in-depth look into Feng Shui point of view

I have already mentioned above that Crassula Ovata is considered lucky and attracts wealth. therefore, among Feng Shui practitioners, lucky jade plant or money plant is considered a housewarming gift that attracts good luck.

let us discuss some detail:

Feng Shui is a tradition where the integration of human life and nature is a way to develop a positive chakra (power) to enhance the living conditions.

The use of Feng Shui plants is one of the easiest and best ways to connect with nature.

A plant that is evergreen with round, thick, heart-shaped leaves, most succulent looking is Feng Shui plants.

That is why the Mini Jade plant or lucky plant is a popular Feng Shui plant. It is a popular good luck charm in Asia.

Benefits of Jade plant “Lucky plant” location-wise according to Feng Shui

Lucky plant’s presence in the house or an office gives bright and hopeful signs. The vibrant green leaves of the dollar plant are a symbol of growth, revival, and renewal.

The whole Crassula Ovata “jade plant” is a symbol of wealth or joy. It brings a fresh, nourishing, and power chakra.

It has been believed that a jade plant brings prosperity and success if placed near the entrance of a restaurant or a shop or in a southeast location.

The lucky plant is a traditional and cultural gift for businesses and business owners in many countries.

Where to place a Crassula Ovata “dollar plant” – Benefits according to Feng Shui

 East location 

By placing jade plants “lucky plants” in east locations, it encourages harmony, health, and initiation projects for a family.

 Southeast location 

For wealth and luck, the southeast position is best for your lucky tree.

 West location  

For creativity, active brains, more focus, and better work for the children.

 Northwest location  

For the betterment of mentors, teachers, coaches, and other helpful people, consider placing your lucky jade in the northwest.

NOTE: Do not place your jade succulent in a bathroom or bedroom.

 Crassula ovata “lucky plant” Hardy Zones 

According to the U.S department of agriculture hardiness zones 10 and 11, the mini jade plant is considered hardy, with temperature ranges between 30 to 50 Fahrenheit in the winter.

Southern states and west coast are frost-free areas, the jade plants can live outside even in the winter.

U.S department of agriculture plant hardiness zone 10 through 11U.S department of agriculture plant hardiness zone 10 through 11

How to plant a crassula ovata 


how to plant Crassula Ovata

Plantinga jade plant is easy, there are only 5 easy steps, after that, your jade will be successfully planted.

 Select a container 

After selecting a container of your choice, make 1 to 2 holes which will be of maximum 2 inches wider than the root ball of your jade plant succulent.

crassula ovata likes it crowded, tightness is good at this point.

 Fill the container with potting mix 

In this second step, you need to fill your container 1/3 full of potting mix (it is up to you, you can use your desired potting mix formula).

The potting mix will provide very good drainage and it will act as food for your money tree.

 Place of your jade succulent 

You must place your crassula ovata in a way so that the top of the root ball is about an inch below the container rim. It will also leave some room for watering.

 Fill in the container 

Fill the entire container with more potting mix and soil. Provide some support to the stem using rocks.

It won’t fall over if you give it some decent support (rocks), sometimes jade plants can grow sideways, or they just by the wright of the leaves and branches.

 Thorough watering 

Thoroughly spray your crassula ovata “money plant”, place a dish under the container or the pot.

NOTE: jade plants like it crowded, fill in the soil, and potting mix tightly. Don’t overwater it, just thoroughly water it.

Crassula Ovata jade plant care and growth at home

Lucky plants are easy to grow. Almost everyone even newbies can grow them in their homes.

These following guide tips will get you through the growing and caring period.

You jade succulent will grow healthy and tall and will bring luck, charm, and happiness in your surroundings.

 How to care for a jade plant 

 top 6 requirements 

  • Indoor and outdoor sunlight need
  • Soil need
  • Fertilization
  • Indoor and outdoor watering requirements
  • Care from frost
  • Propagation
Crassula Ovata jade plant care and growth at home


Sunlight requirement for a Crassula Ovata “lucky jade” – indoor and outdoor.

Your money plant will thrive in sunny conditions if you know how many hours of light it needs.

In this section, you will learn all about the light requirements indoor and outdoor.

 An indoor light requirement for Crassula Ovata “jade plant” 

  • If you do not have a garden or any yard in your home, don’t worry, Chinese Rubber plants love it indoors.
  • Place them anywhere near a south-facing window, allow the light upon your plant.

Jade tree facing south window

  • 4-6 hours of daylight is enough, or you can increase or decrease one hour.
  • Don’t leave your plant under the scorching light (I am repeating this line just to get your attention), otherwise, you will grow a sunburned jade plant.
  • If you don’t have any south-facing window in your home, then place your jade plant near any window, it will be just fine.
  • If you don’t have the luxury of sunlight in your homes, place your Crassula Ovata “money plant” under the desk lamp’s “LED” bulb. It will overcome the sunlight deficit.
TIP: Use the lamp occasionally if you don’t have any south-facing window even if you have other windows with sunlight expose, it will be beneficial for the growth.

 Outdoor sunlight requirement for a Crassula Ovata “jade plant” 

  • Mini Jade plant and its subspecies love it outside. They don’t grow as much tall as they do indoors, but they grow very healthy and lush green.
  • Sometimes they bloom which is very rare for a Crassula Ovata specie.
  • Jade succulent can tolerant full or partial sun, bright and sunny is good for them, but it doesn’t mean you leave your plant under the scorching sun
  • If you are growing it in-ground, grow it where it can get the morning sun which is beneficial for it and, it avoids the 12:PM sun whose rays are harmful.
  • Don’t grow it in a place where it is laid down under the sun all day long, it will be sunburned and probably die.
  • 4-6 hours of indirect (preferably) sun or a limited period of full sun is recommended for the Crassula Ovata dwarf rubber plant.
  • If you are growing your lucky plant in a container or a pot outside, slowly increase the period until it is fully acclimated to the sun.
  • Don’t rush, resist giving 4-6 hours of sunlight initially. Hold back, slowly increase the periods.
  • This way, your plant will slowly get adjusted in the daylight.
  • Place it under shade in between until it is fully used to the sun.
Sunlight required for the outdoor jade plant is 4-5 hours.
Make sure your succulent is getting indirect light, not the bright scorching direct sunlight which will probably cause jade plant sunburn, and scorch some of the leaves.
If you are growing jade plant in the container outside, don’t leave it all day under the direct sunlight.
For indoor Crassula Ovata “lucky jade”, place them near a south facing window or any window if your home doesn’t have the luxury of south facing window.
They to need 4-5 hours of indirect sunlight.
They also will be scorched in the direct sunlight.
If your home is not receiving enough sunlight, consider any desk lamp with “LED” bulbs of high wattage.
Leave your lucky jade under the light for couple of hours in repeated session.
 How to avoid jade plant sunburn? 

jade plant sunburn

As we have mentioned in our light requirement guide, indirect sunlight will not harm your Chinese Rubber plant, but direct scorching light in summers will fry your jade succulent like KFC’s fried chicken.

Succulent maybe is desert plants, but I don’t want jade’s leaves to get a sunburn, do you?


Soil requirement of Crassula Ovata “jade plant”

If you want to take good care of your dwarf succulent, don’t ignore the soil requirements.

 In this section, you learn and get tips about the requirements and its PH levels of the soil

  • It is kind of obvious that Crassula Ovata like portulacaria Afra or any other sub-specie, requires well-draining soil.
  • A good draining soil keeps the watering levels of your lucky jade plant in check.
  • Jade plant’s root is prone to root rot, draining of excess water will lower the chance of root rot.
  • Cactus potting mix and perlite or pebbles or coarser combination will work.
  • Sandy soil or loamy soil will also work (depends where are you growing your jade, indoor or outdoor).
  • Soil should be slightly alkaline or acidic which will benefit the health and growth of the plant.
Indoor, plant your Crassula Ovata “money jades” in the containers or pots filled with the potting mixture for succulents OR two-third potting mixture and one-third pebbles or coarser sand is also ideal.
They too, need a fast-draining mixture which will allow the plant to release excess water in the underlying dish.
1 to 2 potholes not more than 2 inches wide is more than enough.
Outdoor, Crassula Ovata “lucky plant” grows in moist soil mostly. Sandy soil, soil that is slightly alkaline in nature or acidic.

Fast draining soil for outdoors is a necessity.

Fast draining soil will prevent the rotted root which is extremely common in the Crassula family.

Between each jade succulent, allow 24-36 inches of the gap.

It will allow the air to circulate easily between the roots and leaves.

This crassula species known as STRING OF BUTTONS has the almost same requirement.

Fertilization needs of Crassula Ovata “jade plant”

If you don’t know how to care for a jade plant, follow the below guidelines. These are the best practices.

Crassula Ovata doesn’t need much feed and many people underfeed them in the growing season you may have heard it. Don’t follow this trend, your lucky plant may need some fertilization occasionally.

 Effects of underfeeding a Crassula Ovata “jade plant” 
  • Suppose, you have taken very good care of your money tree.
  • You gave it proper light and water yet; its leaves are turning yellow.
  • Don’t overthink, lack of nutrients may be the reason.
  • Over the years, you have watered your miniature jade plant many times, the nutrients within soil might have drained away.
  • If you have not repotted your Crassula Ovata “money plant”, the nutrients might have drained away from the drainage holes which is completed normally.
  • It will have negative effects on the leaves and branches. Your plant may not grow much, leaves might turn yellow and some of them may drop.
  • Your miniature jade plant will look dull and wrinkled.
  • At this point, it is up to you whether you choose to report your lucky using fresh soil or feed it using different types of fertilizers.
Jade plants can live without fertilizer but fertilizing them isn’t bad.
It will increase the growth and health.
Fertilize your Crassula Ovata “money plant” once in every 3 to 4 months.
Dilute the fertilizer to half of its strength (1/2 teaspoon) mixed with gallon of water.
Use multipurpose, water-soluble, 24-8-16 fertilizer or any other if you know any.
Decrease the strength to ¼ or 1/8 teaspoon per gallon of water for indoor jade plant.
They don’t need much fertilization but feeding occasionally will nurture it.
Don’t overfeed, feeding once in every 3 to 4 months is enough.
Overfeeding will damage the plant and it will grow weak and floppy.
 The benefit of fertilizing a jade plant 
  • Depleted nutrients will be renewed, and your plant will be young again.
  • Feeding once in every 1-2 months in the growing season will keep your Chinese Rubberplant healthy, lush green, lustrous and it affects its growth over the period.
  • Use a specially designed succulent and cacti mix fertilizer.
  • Dilute its strength to half (1/2 teaspoon per 1 gallon of water for outdoor plants, and ¼ to 1/8 teaspoon per 1 gallon of water for indoors), then feed your plant.

How to water a Crassula Ovata “jade plant” – Indoor and Outdoor

Before diving into the watering requirement, check out the crassula campfire later. This is a wonderful crassula with exotic looks. Made for nerds.

Crassula Ovatalucky jade plant” is drought tolerant as you may already know. Apart from the cactus family, succulents are the most drought-tolerant plants. 

They can survive without water for long periods in the summers or winters.

In section, you will learn the controlled amount of watering and solutions of overwatering and underwatering affects.

  • Pour the water on top of the pot until the water drains out the holes in the bottom of the pot.
  • Water your Chinese Rubber plant once every 1-2 months in the growing season.
  • Indoor jade plants don’t need much water, once every 20-50 days is enough.
  • Outdoor, water your Crassula Ovata once every 20-30 days because the temperature and conditions are different outside.
  • For outdoor, water your money plant deeply about, 6 inches in the ground, water the soil at the base of the plant.
  • Don’t make your plant swim in the water and don’t splash the water on the leaves.
  • For indoor, water your jade plant about, 2 inches in the soil at the base of the plant.
  • Again, don’t splash the water on the leaves at this point.
  • One thing is most important here, indoor or outdoor, never water your jade plant if it is still wet. Overwatering will cause severe problems.
  • Care for jade plants in the best possible way.
  • Underwatering is also bad but not to the level of overwatering.
TIP: Use the 2-inch finger rule which is also called soak and dry method; in this rule, place your two fingers 2-inch-deep in the ground. Check if the soil is wet or dry. If the soil is dry, you should water your jade plant. If the soil is wet, don’t water it, wait until the soil dries off completely.
  • Hold back the water in the dormant season (winter and fall). Water them a couple of times if necessary.
  • They can handle the drought but overwatering in the winter will probably cause some harm.
  • Resume the regular watering schedule in the summer and spring.
  • In humid locations, Crassula Ovata jade plant doesn’t need much water because there is already moisture available in the atmosphere, and succulents are drought tolerant.
  • Water it once every 1-3 months if you are living in a humid area (check the soil if it is dry or not before watering).
  • You may not need to water it much, especially if it is not receiving enough sunlight
  • Many people depend on the rain otherwise, they don’t water their dwarf rubber plant much.
  • If your area is not receiving much rain, then you must water your plant occasionally.
Water your jade plant deeply about, 6 inches in the ground.
Don’t over water it.
hold back the water until the soil is completely dry.
Don’t splash the water on the leaves, only water the soil at the base of the plant.
Crassula Ovata “jade plants” are one of the most drought-tolerant succulents other than cactus.
Don’t overwater it unless you feel necessary.
They are prone to root rot.
Jade plants outside need a little more water during the time period due to the outside temperature variations and air.
Water them once in 20-40 days (when the soil is dry).
Hold back the water in the dormant (winter and fall) season as much as possible.
Water them once or twice in the dormant season.
Water your money plant when the soil is complete dried off.
Indoor jade succulents don’t need much water so place your finger 2-inch-deep into the soil.
If the soil is wet, don’t water it and if the soil day, you can water it now.
Indoor Jade plants don’t need much water.
You can water them once in a month or two (check the dryness of the soil).
Don’t water them in the dormant season (winter and fall).
If you feel necessary, water them once or twice in the winter.

Effects of underwatering and overwatering over Crassula Ovata “jade plant”

There are many tiny effects of overwatering and underwatering, but there two major effects or problems.

Those two beings:

  • Jade plant leaving falling off
  • Jade plant leaving turning yellow

Let us have look at both.

  1. Why is my Crassula Ovata jade plant dropping leaves?

jade plant dropping leaves

  • Jade plant losing leaves is a sign of unmanaged watering.
  • Overwatering and underwatering, both can cause premature loss of leaves.
  • It is so simple to understand, lucky plant enables its survival mode when it is underwatered.
  • The remaining water is used for survival rather than growing and the untiring leaves and branches.
  • Along with the dropped leaves, the shriveled and flat appearance of the leaves is a sign of underwatering.
  • The leaves will feel deflated and flat on the touch.
  • Give your plant a good drink after noticing these sings. Don’t overwater it by trying to compensate the dryness, let the soil dry out completely before the next session.
  • Overwatering will also cause problems. If you are not careful with your friendship tree and soak it with water, again and again, leaves will be soft and mushy on the touch with a dim color.
NOTE: Some leaves may drop due to the overweight caused by excess water.

How to take care of the jade plant when it is dropping leaves

  • Place it under the sun in that case, cut back the water supply. Increase the sunny hours and let the soil dry out completely.
  • If it is winter, apply any frost clothe (if you are growing your Crassula Ovata outside).
  • Place it under the desk lamp with “LED” bulbs of high wattage if it is freezing (if you are growing your jade tree in a pot or container).
  1. Why leaves of my crassula ovata “jade plant” are turning yellow?

jade plant leaves turning yellow

  • Normally, leaves turn yellow due to the cultural problem, it is common in the crassula ovata family.
  • Another reason is, maybe your soil is draining fast and you don’t have any clue about it, you are just watering your lucky plant on schedule.
  • Maybe nutrients within fast-draining soil are depleting and you don’t know about it either.
  • Maybe, your money tree is sitting in the wrong pot (soil).
  • Crassula ovata “jade plant” show signs of stress as most succulents do.
 How to take care of the jade plant when leaves are turning yellow? 
  • In that case, change the soil or repot it.
  • nutrients within soil eventually run out after all these years.
Note: If you have made the checklist of all the above signs and luck jade plant is doing alright, it is obvious that overwatering is the cause of leaves turning yellow.
  • Check the soil if it is draining slowly or the holes of pot are chocked.
  • Clean out the holes and let the succulent dry out completely. Place it under the sun.
  • Or, you can just report the money plant. Use fresh soil and a tighter pot with clean holes at the bottom.
  • Either way, don’t water it yet, let it dry out. Check the soil if it is dry or not.
  • Clean or rinse the leaves with paper towels, remove the yellow leaves.
  • Don’t worry, new leaves will eventually grow. Just make a checklist of all signs mentioned above.

Globule rogersii is a crassula that is almost the same as jade plant in terms of care. I love Crassula Falcata . It is easy to grow, and its followers are magnificent.

How to care for the jade plant “crassula ovata” from frost

According to U.S department of agriculture hardiness zones 10 and 11, the mini jade plant is considered hardy,

  • Friendship tree can tolerant cold to some extent, below that, it will catch the frostbite (cold will harm the branches and leaves).
  • Your crassula ovata “money plant” will be alright if you are growing it in USDA hardiness zone 10 and 11.
  • You can leave your plant outside in the winters in you are living these zones (Its temperature is below 25-degree Fahrenheit, don’t leave your jade outside).
  • If you are not comfortable with that, use frost clothes to protect from the frost.
  • Freezing temperatures are dangerous for this succulent, you can just tell by looking its leaves, they will be shriveled, wrinkled, and flat when they are exposed to freezing or cold temperatures.
  • 45 to 55 FAHRENHEIT is considered ideal, they can somewhat tolerate dry cold, but foggy winter below 20-25 FAHRENHEIT is not good at all.

How to take care of a jade plant when it gets frostbite?

How to take care your jade plant from frost bit

Move your crassula ovata inside, use a desk lamp with “LED” bulbs, and give theme decent amount light. Keep them in a warm and bright room.

Wait until the frost is gone. Now you can move your lucky plant outside after the danger of frost has gone.

Acclimate the plant to the new conditions gradually. Don’t rush, get them inside when the night temperature drops below 25 Fahrenheit.

One thing I would like to mention here is, the leaves of your miniature jade plant might get a sunburn during the transitioning (moving of plant from inside to outside and vice versa).

I know it will be hard on you to see some of the leaves damaged, of course, you love your lucky plant, but the plant must adjust in the new conditions.

By following this guide and tips, you might be able to save your plant from the frost and minimize the damage done by the cold.

How to propagate jade plant “crassula ovata”

Jade plant propagation is so easy, anyone with proper guidance and tips can propagate their lucky jade into small babies. 

You will learn how to propagate a jade plant and how to grow a jade form the cutting.

Crassula ovata “jade plants” can live a long life, many people propagate their jade plant many, many times over rather than selling or disposing of it.

 There are two methods of propagation 
  • Jade plant propagation from leaves/jade plant cuttings from leaves
  • Jade plant propagation from stem/jade plant cutting from stem
 The Jade plant propagation from stem/jade plant stem cutting 

It will take a little longer to get a decent-sized jade plant from leaf cutting. 

Stem cutting will give you an early start, so if you can’t wait like me, then stem cutting is best for you.

Both methods are easy, it doesn’t matter which you chose based on difficulty.

When should I propagate my Crassula ovata “jade plant”?

Jade plant cutting will thrive in humid, bright wand warm conditions, roots will grow healthy. Mid-summer is the best time to propagate your friendship tree.

Sometimes, leaves or branches break off naturally and started to grow in the soil on its own.

It is easy to grow jade cuttings in warm months with a nice breeze, bright light, and sizzling temperature.

NOTE: Stem cutting will get you a decent-sized jade plant. From small to huge, you can easily propagate any size of stem cutting.

If any branch of your lucky jade has a broken stem, don’t throw it away, save it for the propagation. Don’t throw the clippings from pruning, you can also propagate it.

 Method of stem cutting propagation 

  • Choose a healthy-looking branch, use clean, sterile clippers or a sharp knife to ensure a clean cut.
  • Between 2-5 inches is ideal cut, if you are a beginner, cut about 3 inches of stem.
  • Dip your object (knife or clippers) in the rubbing alcohol or any sterilization fluid to ensure a safe cut You can also wash your object with soap.
  • Clean your crassula ovata “lucky plant”, remove the extra branches and leaves but leave few on the top.

 Method of leaf-cutting propagation 

Unlike stem cutting, leaf propagation is a bit tricky but possible. It will take a little longer to grow a mature jade plant “money plant” from the leaves.

If you have only left to work with, you should certainly go for it. Leaf propagation is challenging with a lot of fun involved.

  • You need to be extra careful in the leaf-cutting.
  • Carefully break off each leaf with the stem, don’t leave the stem and do not break the bottom of the leaf if you do, then it won’t grow.
  • One by one, break off the leaves, don’t give your crassula ovata “jade plant” a haircut, just break 4 to 5 leaves.
TIP: Wait for 24-48 hours, let the fresh air and temperature dry out the freshly cut stem. Condition varies from area to area, depending ton the conditions of your location, let the jade cutting dry for 1 to 3 days.  Don’t let your cutting sit for too long, or the leaves could shrivel up completely.

How to grow a jade plant “crassula ovata” from cutting?

Growing the jade cutting in the soil is the best idea, they will get too much humidity in closed propagation chambers or plastic bags and probably end up rotting.

 Follow the steps below 

How to grow a jade plant “crassula ovata” from cutting

 After waiting 24-48 hours 

Dip the jade plant cutting in the rooting hormone

  • Apply the rooting hormone at the bottom of the dwarf rubber plant cutting.
  • This is a proven method; your roots will grow faster and healthier by dusting you the rooting hormone on your jade.
  • You can also cut the end of the leaves with the rooting hormone.

1.Fill your container tightly with the soil

  • Many people may advise you to fill the container loosely with soil, but crassula ovata “lucky jade plant” is a succulent, and succulents like it crowded.
  • A mixture of coarse sand, perlite, and potting light sandy soil, it is best for your money plant.
  • If you are using a general potting soil, the jade cutting may rot due to the heavy nature of potting soil.

2.Make a hole in the soil and place your lucky plant in it

  • Use your finger or any other.COMsharp object to make a hole at the center of the soil.
  • Gently place you jade succulent in the hole and be careful, don’t rub off the hormone dust from the stem.
  • Fill the gap tightly around the base of the plant. Place your baby jade plant indoor with a bright light surrounding it.
  • Direct sunlight is not needed at this stage.
  • Now, you must wait for 2-3 weeks.


 After waiting 2-3 weeks 

  • Now you have waited 2-3 weeks patiently. You can water your baby money plant
  • Before watering, check the soil if it is dry or not. The best way of checking the dryness of the soil is a 2-inch finger rule. 
  • In the 2-inch finger rule, place your fingers 2-inch deep inside the soil (very gently), if the soil feels dry, water it otherwise, don’t.
  • You can water it fully by using spray because the root system is still shallow at this stage.
  • Misting is ideal but doesn’t overwater it, use controlled amount. Apply misting in the soil near the base of the plant.
  • Don’t water it much if you are living in the humid area or it will damage the root as jade plants are vulnerable to root rot.
  • Water it again only if the soil is dry. Do this for 7-8 weeks (water only if needed).

 After waiting 7-8 weeks 

Roots of jade plant

  • Slowly take out the crassula ovata “money plant” from the pot, you will see healthy new roots.
  • Wash the roots carefully, remove the dust (remove it only if you want to check it yourself otherwise, don’t remove your plant from the pot).
  • Now, your jade plant is ready to see the sun.
  • 2-4 hours of indirect sunlight for 2-3 weeks will set the tone. Don’t put your dwarf rubber plant under the scorching sunlight, the immature leaves might get a sunburn.
  • Slowly acclimate the lucky jade, increase the number of hours after 2-3 weeks.
  • In some areas, the sunlight isn’t there for the entire day. In that case, use the desk lamp with “LED” bulbs inside and try to compensate.
  • Your crassula ovata “jade plant” will grow healthy inside don’t worry. Try to make the full use of sunlight or desk lamps will do it.
  • Your baby jade will grow into a mature crassula ovata in no time. Just take care of it like it is your baby.

Toxicity of a crassula ovata “jade plant” – Is jade plant poisonous?

Yes. Jade plant is mild-poisonous. It came from the stonecrop family which is some toxic species, but jade succulent is not that toxic. It won’t be the cause of your instant death.

Kids and adults both should stay from it (don’t eat it), it can cause diarrhea and stomachache to some extent.

Lucky jade can harm humans not we can’t say that they are toxic. Yeah, they can give you diarrhea and stuff but only if you have a week immune system.

If you touch the leaf or stem and it gives you an itching sensation, then you might be allergic.

NOTE: don’t ingest it and don’t let your kids eat its leaves or any other part.

Is jade plant poisonous to Dogs?

Yes. Money plant is toxic to dogs according to different veterinarians. The toxic agent causing several problems is still unknown.

The immediate symptoms of a jade plant to dogs may as mild as a slight stomachache or vomiting, but you must call the professional immediately.

Veterinarians claim that these mild symptoms lead to other more serious issues such as:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • Weakness
  • Hiding
  • Aggression
  • Convulsions
  • Slow heart rate.

Causes and diagnosis of jade plant poisoning in dogs

Causes are still unknown, nobody knows what the agents or chemical within crassula ovata “lucky jade” which is causing these issues.

Brings that bitten area of your jade plant to the veterinarian so that he/she can examine the effects in detail. Only the professional can diagnose the poisoning.

I can easily highlight or even explain all the processes involved in the checkup and treatments, but it is not my job.

Only the professional can handle it. So rather than reading the diagnosis and treatments online, you should immediately contact the nearby veterinarian.

Is jade plant poisonous in Cats?

Yes. Crassula Ovata “jade plant” is toxic to cats. The symptoms will be surfaced very quickly. The immediate symptoms will be:

  • Vomiting
  • Slow heart rate
  • Slow muscle function

Symptoms may also include some rare signs of depression-like:

  • Lack of grooming
  • Extra aggression
  • Hiding and excessive sleeping
  • Weakness

Causes, diagnosis, and treatment of jade plant posing in cats

I have already mentioned above that, the poisoning causing agent within a mini jade plant hasn’t been found, and I can easily write a couple of pages on diagnosis and treatment, but it won’t benefit you.

I am not a veterinarian, and even if I was, I would not have advised you to read blog posts on diagnosis and treatment of jade plant poisoning in cats.

Just make a checklist of the above symptoms if you are growing Crassula Ovata “lucky jades” in your home and you have pets too.

It won’t harm to gain some knowledge about the diagnosis and treatment processes, but if your pet has been poisoned by the dwarf rubber plant, seek immediate help.

Don’t treat these symptoms at home, no online information will help you as a veterinarian will.

You may not know about such poisoning as doctors have.

Immediate call any doctor, seek his/her help.

If you want to learn more about common toxicology related to crassula species, read this article.

How to Get rid of mealybugs and insects on crassula ovata “jade plant”

What do mealybugs look like?

Mealybugs are little cottony insects or white bugs on the plant, they are so annoying and sneaky with their attack.

Various names of mealy bugs:

  •   white bugs on plants
  •   white aphids
  •   mealy bug
  •   small white bugs on plants
  •   white fuzzy bugs on plants
  •   little white bugs on plants
  •   white mites on plants
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  •   how to get rid of mealybugs
  •   tiny white bugs on plant
  •   tiny white bugs on plants
  •   small white bug on plants
  •   white bug on a plant
  •   white fuzzy stuff on plants

One day, your crassula ovata “jade plant” is fine, then overnight, you will notice a white cottony infestation out of nowhere.

It is frustrating to see your beautiful lucky plant under mealy bug attack, but don’t worry, the cure is available.

What are mealy bugs and how they look like?


The white bugs on the plants are small (one-tenth to one-eleventh of an inch) insects with fringes all around their body.

They are normally not visible with the naked eyes; all the visible ones are females.

They look like little white bugs on plants, they are cottonish stuff seen on the jade plant leaves and stems.

Those little white bugs on plants (Mealy bugs) are so ugly, they don’t give us the impression of insects, but they are.

Many people are commonly mistaken for fungus but treat them as insects/bugs.

How long these mealy bugs live – life cycle on jade plants

The full life cycle of mealy bugs 7-11 weeks normally
Eggs to nymph’s conversion 1-2 week
Conversion from nymph to adult 6-9 weeks normally


There can be several generations of mealy bugs living on your crassula ovata “money plant”.

It doesn’t make take long for an egg to mature into an adult, they can overrun your jade plant and leave you no choice but to dump your plant.

So, you must take all the necessary cautions to get rid of these devilish mealy bugs, white mites on plants, or whatever you want to call them.

Where do these mealy bugs are coming from?

White aphids come from warmer climate into your plants (outdoor jade plants) by brining infested plants.

Some of the most common causes are:

  • bringing an infected plant from a nursery
  • putting crassula ovata “lucky jade” directly under the sun during the summer.
  • Using infested or contaminated potting soil.
  • Flowers, fruits, or vegetables brought in to form the garden (fresh).
  • The residue produced by the tiny white bugs on plants is eaten by the ants. So, they deliberately bring white mites on plants for their benefit.

How to kill mealy bugs on my crassula ovata “jade plant”?

I will highlight and explain all the necessary details in this topic step by step for a better understating.

Follow the steps if you want to get rid of those white fuzzy bugs on plants

How to kill mealy bugs on my crassula ovata

Separate the affected crassula ovata form other healthy plants.

Keep it separated for a couple of weeks so that we can treat them without worrying.

How to kill mealy bugs on my crassula ovata

white aphids or white bugs on the plants form a resistance against chemicals and organic pest sprays.

You can try these sprays, but they are not recommended by most of the gardeners, there is not much of an effect of these sprays and formulas on the mealybugs.

How to kill mealy bugs on my crassula ovata

Like most pests and bugs, white aphids attack the weak plants or rotten ones. Strong and healthy jade plants are less vulnerable to small white bugs on plants.

Make sure your crassula ovata is healthy, well potted, less stressed, and well-fed (if needed). Make a checklist of all the necessary processes.

If you see mealybugs on your money plant, follow these control options:

  • Washing:

For light infestations, washing the affected area with a very light stream of water is best. Repeat this if necessary to rid of the white fuzzy bugs on plants.

Don’t use a speedy stream, it will blow off the affected areas or can damage the leaves.

  • Use soap:

Insecticidal soaps are available in the market. Read the instructions first, then mix 1 tablespoon per gallon of water (dilute it).

Apply it on the affected area, repeat it as necessary.

Place your plant under the kitchen sink shower (if your dollar plant is small enough), clean the affected area with this mixer of soap and water.

Rinse the plant, it will kill a large number of mealy bugs. This spray will only kill the white aphids at the scene, there are no aftereffects of the spray.

Use it repeatedly, it will give some early advantage in the battle.

NOTE: Don’t use it daily because insecticidal soap is mixed with water and crassula ovata “jade plants” won’t ignore too much water.
  • Use of Neem oil:

Neem oil is a natural pest control if your jade plant is under severe attack, neem oil is ideal for you.

It will kill those little white bugs on plants for sure, but after that, the residual effects will prevent further mealybug invasion.

Be patient, it will take some time, neem oil will kill the mealybugs, but it can several days.

Reapply the neem oil even after the mealybugs are gone. It will kill all the remaining pest forces.

NOTE: apply it to the affected area and at the base of the plant.

If you see any infection causes by mealybugs on your jade plant, follow these steps:

How to get rid of mealybugs

 STEP 1 

Immediately bring the plant to a sink or shower, wash the leaves, and affected portion with soapy water (insecticidal soap: 1 tablespoon per gallon of water).

Give you jade plant a good rinse, wash it properly. Wash the dish underneath and pot (where the infection is).

Check for the signs of remaining mealybugs. Check any slight detail of white fuzzy bugs on plants, we don’t any part of it again.

 STEP 2 

Clean the affected area with rubbing alcohol. Use either a cotton ball soaked in the rubbing alcohol or a paper towel. Suit yourself.

Rub the affected area gently. After this, check the for the remaining mealybugs (white bugs on the plant).

 STEP 3 

Once you have cleaned and disinfected your crassula ovata “jade plant”, spray neem oil on the affected portion.

Keep your jade plant away from other plants (quarantine).

 STEP 4 

Check for the infected area daily. Keep using rubbing alcohol and neem oil for one or twice a week if you are still killing these little mealybugs.

Investigate other plants, check for the infection to make sure there are not any mealybugs eating their way through other plants.

NOTE: wash your hands repeatedly after touching the affected parts.

After several weeks, if there are no signs of mealybugs on your crassula ovata “lucky jade”, place it with the others but on a different spot.

Change the soil for your satisfaction, maybe it got contaminated.

How do I prevent white bugs (white aphids) on the plants from coming back?

White aphides can crawl around on a plant and move to another in your garden.

Without the need of a host plant, mealybugs can leave your dollar plant and hide for long-time small spaces, holes, and crevices.

You may think you have taken care of these mealybugs and your crassula ovata is healthy again, but those tiny white bugs on plants can come back from their hiding to haunt you once again.

Use the following tricks

  • Change the soil for better results, it may be contaminated.
  • Wash the inside rims of your pots, you can again use the rubbing alcohol and neem oil after it.
  • Check the inside and outside edges of the pots, remove the plant form that area, and thoroughly check the crevices.
  • Remove all the succulents or other plants in the area and check for the crevices and bottom of the plants for a sign of white aphids.
  • Move the affected plant to a new location.
NOTE: It could be a pain in the ass to check all the crevices and the affected very deeply.  My suggestion will be to change the pot and soil to save the jade plant. Crassula ovata “money plant” is more necessary and important than a mere pot, dish, and soil. Change these only if your jade plant was under severe mealybug attack. Mild attacks are normal, you can tackle it.

What are the uses of crassula ovata “jade plant”?

There so many physical and mental uses of a dollar plant. From medicinal uses to home décor, crassula ovata is a luxurious plant to have.

In this section, I am going to highlight some of the major uses which will benefit everyone from common to rich.

First, let us a look at the jade plant medicinal uses:

 Crassula ovata jade plant Medicinal uses 

Crassula ovata jade plant Medicinal uses

 1. Jade plant helps getting rid of warts 

Warts are an embarrassing skin disease on an exposed part of the body (arms, hands, necks, etc.) can be very discomforting and embarrassing.

Warts can also cause pain if they are located on a frequently used body part.

Jade plant leaves are beneficial for getting rid of warts.

Here is how to use jade plant leaves on warts:

  • Jade plant losing leaves is a sign of unmanaged watering.
  • Overwatering and underwatering, both can cause premature loss of leaves.
  • It is so simple to understand, lucky plant enables its survival mode when it is underwatered.
  • The remaining water is used for survival rather than growing and the untiring leaves and branches.
  • Along with the dropped leaves, the shriveled and flat appearance of the leaves is a sign of underwatering.
  • The leaves will feel deflated and flat on the touch.
  • Give your plant a good drink after noticing these sings. Don’t overwater it by trying to compensate the dryness, let the soil dry out completely before the next session.
  • Overwatering will also cause problems. If you are not careful with your friendship tree and soak it with water, again and again, leaves will be soft and mushy on the touch with a dim color.
  • Cut a juicy leaf off the jade plant, cut that leaf into the half with the juicy side exposed.
  • Use surgical tape, tape that juicy side of the leave on the affected area.
  • Leave it for a couple of hours or overnight.
  • Apply this method 3-4 times only.
  • The growth of wart should fall off with this method.
 2. Jade plant helps with diabetes treatment 

According to the traditional Chinese diabetes treatment, tea is made of jade plants leaves (stone lotus or pointy leafed plant) to treat the symptoms of diabetes.

  • I will highlight other uses to make it easy for you to read
  • Crassula ovata “lucky jade” is a blessed succulent, it has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.
  • The juicy part of the jade leaf is converted into gruel, that gruel is used as an ointment for cuts, boils, scratches, and wounds.
  • If you have soar lips, use the dollar plant juice and that same juice is beneficial for a sore throat (rinse it).
  • Lucky plant solution is one of the cures to inflammation in 
  • Use the money plant solution on mosquito bites, it will cure the Itching and scratching.
  • It also helps in the healing of gastric and duodenal ulcers.
  • Money plant juice is used for hemorrhoids treatment.
  • In the Khoi and Africa, the leaves of the jade plant are boiled in milk to treat epilepsy, diarrhea, corns, and as a purgative.
  • Don’t underestimate the uses of jade plants. It is a wonderful treatment for open scars. Just drop some of its juice in the scar and close the wound with juicy jade leaf taped around it.
  • hopefully, it will treat your scar and will likely close it in some time by absorbing all the infestation.

Read this article to learn more about the medicinal properties of crassula ovata.

 Mental Health 

In ancient Feng Shui practices and according to Feng Shui masters, jade plants activates a positive chakra (power) in a person if he/she is surrounded by the lucky plant.

The released energy is fresh and positive, it will bring calmness in one’s life and will benefit health. 

What are the benefits of lucky jade succulent” in a home?

If you are growing a lucky plant in your home, the following benefits will enlighten your home with positive vibes, better physical health, better mental health with fresh oxygen.

 They will enlighten and brighten your home in any climate 

Because of the hardiness and ability to grow almost anywhere, crassula ovata jade plant (succulent) is a popular houseplant choice.

If you are a curious one, you can find these plants growing almost everywhere, from deep humid jungles to sizzling hot deserts, from the seaside to mountains.

Indoor conditions, room temperate is ideal for this succulent. It will grow in a mature jade plant (indoor jade plants grow taller than outdoor ones).

 Lucky plant “money plants” purify the air 

NASA researched plants in a bio home, and according to that research, succulents can remove organic volatile compounds (VOCs) from the air in your home.

When plants emit water vapor, during the emitting process, it generates a pumping action that sucks the contaminated air down to the roots.

Succulents convert the sucked contamination into their food hence, purified air in your home.

 Crassula ovata “lucky plant” will improve the humidity of your house 

Lucky plants like most succulents release a large amount of moisture in the air, they will enhance the humidity of your home if you choose to grow them.

Added humidity can cure common health complaints like:

  • Dry cough problems
  • Sore throat problems
  • Itchy and dry skin
  • Commons colds
 Jade plant will be added fresh oxygen in the environment 

Another reason that succulents are blessed is, they do not produce carbon dioxide at night, instead, succulents produce fresh oxygen 24/7.

Placing a money plant anywhere in your home will add an extra quantity of fresh oxygen which is of course, beneficial for everyone.

If you are not allergic to plants, place a money plant in your bedroom, one in the kitchen, living room, and front of the windows.

Growing succulents indoors is more necessary in the big cities because the continuous release of pollutants like CO2 and CO are killing our environment and fresh oxygen from homes is depleting.

People are getting sick more and more. Succulents will counter the heavy pollution caused by the city rush by adding fresh oxygen to your home.

You won’t feel the usual sickness as most people due and your mood will always be light due to the fresh oxygen running in your brain.

 Jade succulents will increase your focus 

Close to 11% of children in America have according to the reports of Centers for disease control and prevention (CD).

Many adults are also facing less focus on our attention problems in their daily life.

Houseplants like crassula ovata will improve your focus. Regular exposure to nature in your house improves focus on work, studies, and homework for kids.

Feng Shui practices also emphasize the growing and nurturing houseplants. It will not only bring luck and charm, but constant exposure to nature will improve focusing sensors in a human body.

  Crassula ovata “jade plant” will increase your pain tolerance 

According to the University of Kansas (horticulture therapy research), patients seemed to need fewer pain tablets (medication) they are around the plant (in hospital rooms or their homes).

Growing a jade plant or any other plant will increase your pain tolerance because you are surrounded by nature, your mind gets positive vibes.

 Jade plants will increase your memory  

The University of Michigan conducted research on psychology which reveals many cognitive benefits of interaction with nature.

It means, walking in a garden or park, growing houseplants, or even just looking a picture of nature. Memory can be improved as much as 20% if you are regularly exposed to nature.

It is more important to grow a money plant or any other in your workplace, office, or study room for better results in either of the category.

 Money plant is a wonderful home décor item 

If you are living in a metropolitan city or any other fashion-oriented city, you might know the significance of home décor.

There are many varieties of jade plants, some are small, and some are large, some are very beautiful and highly recommended as a home décor item.

Place them anywhere from a table to the window, bedroom to the kitchen, it will match the other luxurious home décor items in your home and then some more.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) 

Do jade plants need sun?
Yes. Outdoor, jade plants need 4-5 hours of indirect sunlight for proper growth. Indoor, jade succulents need similar hours of indirect sunlight. Be careful, don’t put your crassula ovata under direct scorching sunlight, your plant might get sunburned. Jade plants will also do just fine under desk lamps or any artificial lighting if you don’t have proper sunlight hours in your city.
How often do you water a crassula ovata “jade plant”?
The outdoor, jade plant needs water once every 20-40 days because they are facing higher temperature than indoor ones. Indoor, water your crassula ovata once every 30-50 days in the growing season. Before watering check if the soil is dry or not (place your fingers 2-inch-deep in the soil; if the soil is wet, don’t water it and if it is dry, water it).
Can jade plants or lucky plants survive without sunlight?
If you don’t have the luxury of sunlight in your office or room or even in the city (fewer sun hours), you can use desk lamps with “LED” bulbs of higher wattage to grow your crassula ovata. Place your jade plant in a bright and warm room, give them desk lamp light for 5-6 hours a day. They will grow just fine, don’t worry.
Can jade plants get sunburned?
Yes,If you expose your lucky jade out in the direct sunlight for a longer period, it might get sunburns. 4-5 hours of indirect sunlight, whether indoor or outdoor is a standard. Few hours give or take will not harm your jade plant, but don’t leave it for longer periods, especially under direct sunlight. Some leaves may fall off due to sunburns, some get wrinkled.
Can a jade plant be kept indoors?
Indoor conditions are ideal for a crassula ovata “jade plant”. With warm and fuzzy with south-facing window (or any other window if you do not have one facing south), your lucky plant may grow up taller than outdoor ones. It is easy to grow these succulents indoors because they are drought tolerant and can grow on artificial lighting as well.
Is jade plant toxic to cats or can it kill cats?
YES. Indoor conditions are ideal for a crassula ovata “jade plant”. With warm and fuzzy with south-facing window (or any other window if you do not have one facing south), your lucky plant may grow up taller than outdoor ones. It is easy to grow these succulents indoors because they are drought tolerant and can grow on artificial lighting as well.
Where should I place the jade plant in the house for good luck?
East location: By placing jade plants “lucky plants” in east locations, it encourages, harmony, health, and initiation projects for a family. Southeast location: For wealth and luck, the southeast position is best. West location: For creativity, active brains, more focus, and better work for the children. Northwest location: For the betterment of mentors, teachers, coaches, and other helpful people, consider placing it in the northwest.
How to grow a crassula ovata “jade plant”?
Jade plants do not need much care. Water them once every 1-2 months only if the soil is completely dry up to 2-inches deep. 4-5 hours of indirect sunlight (if your place is not receiving enough light, use a desk lamp with “LED” bulbs). Don’t leave crassula ovata jade plant outside if the temp falls below 25-degree Fahrenheit. Fertilize them in the growing season (dilute it to half of its strength).
Is jade plant toxic to humans?
The lucky plant is minor toxic to humans. You won’t die or get seriously ill if you accidentally or deliberately ingest it, but it doesn’t mean you should eat it. The minor health problems will be diarrhea, coughing, or an upset stomach. Jade plant is very beneficial according to ancient Chinese medication if you intake it with proper guidance.
Is jade plant toxic to dogs or can it kill dogs?

Yes. Money plant is toxic to dogs according to different veterinarians. The toxic agent causing several problems is still unknown. The immediate symptoms to dogs may as mild as a slight stomachache or vomiting, but you must call the professional immediately. Veterinarians claim that these mild symptoms lead to other more serious issues such as Lethargy, Depression, Weakness, Hiding, Aggression, Convulsion, Slow heart rate.

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