How to Grow a Jade Plant from A Broken Stem?

How to Grow a Jade Plant from A Broken Stem
How to Grow a Jade Plant from A Broken Stem

How to grow a jade plant from a broken stem? Is it even possible to do it? In this post, I will share with you the simple tips on how to do it.

Japed plant or Crassula ovata is one the easiest to grow succulent plants. You can use the stem or leaf to propagate. The stem cuttings will grow easily even if you don’t have a green thumb.

Does a jade plant grow from a broken stem too?

Yes. You can easily grow a jade plant from a broken stem. As long as the stem is fresh and not totally damaged you can propagate it. All you need to do is to follow a simple jade plant propagation technique.

If you are a brand new to growing succulents, jade plant is one of the best succulents for you. This plant is resilient to the outdoor environment and can withstand neglect.

How to Grow a Jade Plant from a Broken Stem?

The fastest way to grow a jade plant is to start with a stem cutting. You can use any size of cuttings from small to huge ones. But can you still do it with a broken stem?

As mentioned, based on my experience, yes. You can still propagate a jade plant cuttings from a broken stem. As long as the rest of the stem is healthy and fresh, it can grow into a new plant again.

The first step you can do is to take the healthy part of the stem by cutting and separating the broken part. But make sure that your cutting tool is clean and free from any constituents that could cause damage to the cutting.

If possible, retain at least 1-3 inches of the healthy part of the stem. This will allow it to have enough space for the roots to grow.

Normally, the stem has sets of leaves attached to it. My recommendation is to remove a few sets of leaves. The more leaves you remove; the more leaf joints you have.

Doing this will increase your chances of growing more roots later on. The leaf joints are where the roots will grow. The propagation success rate, in this case, will be high.

After cutting the broken stem from the healthy part of the stem, just let the bottom part of the stem to callus. This will take two to three days. During this process, I usually put the cutting on the clean paper towel.

At this phase, avoid watering the cutting. Just let the lower end of the cutting to callus. After several days (as soon as the cutting has callused), you can then transfer it into the top of a succulent soil mix (check my favorite one on Amazon).

That’s it. All you have to do is to wait for the miracle to happen. The cutting will grow into a whole new plant.

How to Grow Jade Plants in General?

What I like the most about jade plants is that they are easy and quick to grow especially if you propagate using the stem.

However, because jade plants are succulent plants, they need appropriate care. This is because these plants have special needs that needed to be attended to.

But don’t worry. As mentioned, caring for jade plants is super easy. Below are the things you need to remember to successfully grow a jade plant.

Reminder # 1: Appropriate Sunlight

Another thing that I like about jade plants is that they are great outdoor plants. They can survive in full sun. You can even expose these plants in the direct sunlight for four or more hours. Another bonus is that jade plants can also survive indoor. As long as you provide them access to light, they can thrive.

Reminder # 2: Enough Water

Like other succulent varieties, jade plants need water. But make sure you are not overwatering them. Just keep the soil moist but not totally wet. During the summer or hot season, they need more water than in winter or cold season. So I suggest that you water more during summer and reduce the amount of water and the watering frequency in winter.

Reminder # 3: Appropriate Temperature

In my experience, jade plants can thrive in warm areas. However, they are growing best in temperatures between 65-70 Fahrenheit during summer. In winter, they can stand cool 50 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are living in areas that have a 4-season cycle, then you should be mindful of the appropriate temperature for your succulents.

Reminder # 4: Appropriate Soil

As you might already know, succulent plants don’t grow well in compact soil. What they need is a fast-draining soil that has an ideal pH level. So if you are trying to nourish your jade plant and make it last for a long period of time, use the appropriate type of soil.

Click here to view my recommended succulent soil mix on Amazon.

Reminder # 5: Fertilizer

It is true that succulents don’t need a super nutritious soil. But this does not mean that they don’t need an extra source of nutrients at all. In fact, they need to be fertilized during the growing season. During this period, it is important to give your jade plants the right fertilizer (click here to view my recommended succulent fertilizer on Amazon).

Repotting a Jade Plant

Just like other succulent varieties, you can also repot jade plants if needed. I usually do this when the plant needs a bigger pot.

The best season to repot a jade plant is in summer or warm season. Fortunately, repotting jade plants is easy. Anybody can do it.

Here are the simple steps:

Step 1

The first step is to make sure that the soil is dry. This is the reason why the warm season is the best time to repot a jade plant is because it is in this season when the soil is usually dry.

Step 2

The second step is to gently remove the pot and make sure that the roots are free from the old soil. It is also important to remove all the dead roots if there is any.

Step 3

You can now place the jade plant in the new pot. Then fill the pot with fast-draining soil.

Step 4

After repotting the jade plant, leave it for several days preferably one week without water. Then begin slight watering the plant. This will avoid root rot or other issues related to overwatering.

Common Pests and Diseases of Jade Plants

Like other succulent varieties, jade plants are not safe from pests and diseases. They can be affected at any time. Below is the list of the common pests and diseases of jade plants:

1. Mealybugs

Mealybugs are some of the common threats to succulent plants. Jade plants are not safe from these guys. They can hide under the leaves or stems of the plants.

Thankfully, there are easy strategies you can do to remove mealybugs from your jade plants. You can just wipe the insects with alcohol using a paper towel or cotton. Repeat this process as necessary.

However, this simple strategy may only work in small infested areas. But if the plant is heavily damaged by the mealybugs, I suggest that you cut off a healthy stem or leaf and start to propagate anew.

2. Powdery Mildew

Like mealybugs, powdery mildew is another type of threat to succulent plants. I have written a post dedicated to how to get rid of these insects. Read the whole post here.

3. Root Rot

Root rot can be the worst condition that could happen to a succulent plant. And trust me, you don’t want to see it in your jade plant. Many of my succulents before died due to root rot.

This happens when the succulent plant received too much water. When the roots are soaked in water, they will eventually soften and die. The best way to avoid this is to use a fast-draining soil and a pot with drainage holes.

The combination of the right soil and the right pot will secure your jade plant from root rot.

4. Shriveled Leaves

Overwatering can turn a succulent plant into mushy and soft. An underwatered succulent, on the other hand, may cause the shriveling of the leaves. You can easily fix this problem by watering the jade plant. I recommend the soak and dry method. That is, when watering, make sure to soak the soil and let the extra water drains. Then water again only when the soil dries.

5. Leaves Falling Off

Generally, when the leaves of a succulent plant start to fall off, check the water in the soil. There is a high chance that the plant is overwatered. If this happens to your jade plant, just reduce the amount of water.

Final Thoughts on How to Grow a Jade Plant from a Broken Stem

Jade plants are easy to grow and propagate. In fact, you can grow it from a broken stem. If you are new to growing succulents, the jade plants can be good for you. It does not need a green thumb to successfully grow it.

However, like other succulent plants, jade plants have special needs. Some of the common needs of jade plants are appropriate light, temperature, soil, water, etc. Failure to provide these needs may result in many issues.

Further, jade plants are also susceptible to diseases and issues. Fungi, insects, over and under watering are some of them. So make sure to monitor your jade plant every now and then to keep it safe and healthy.

I hope this helps.

Related Questions

Can you root a jade plant in water?

Although jade plants are hardy succulents, they cannot root in water. They need soil for their roots to grow.

How do I make my jade plant bushy?

You can make a jade plant bushy by removing the growing tip. The pinch site will grow new sprouts. But do this in your young jade plants. It does not work well in a grown jade plant.

Do jade plants need direct sunlight?

Jade plants grow well in direct sunlight but they can also thrive indoors as long as they get light they need. While indoor, you can place them near the south-facing windows.

Can I put a jade plant in the bathroom?

Yes, you can put the jade plant in the bathroom. As mentioned, it can thrive in indoor environments including the bathroom.

Do jade plants clean the air?

Yes, jade plants help clean the air by absorbing toxic chemicals or VOCs. They are not only good for aesthetic purposes but also for health.


I am a university teacher by profession, researcher, blogger, and gardener.

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