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How to Grow Dragon Jade Plant Indoors

Updated: May 5, 2022

Dragon Jade Plant, also known as Crassula ovata or the Jade Plant, is a popular succulent that is often used as a decorative indoor plant. It is native to South Africa and Mozambique, but it can be grown in almost any climate. The Dragon Jade Plant has thick, shiny leaves that are usually green, but can also have red or yellow tinges. It can grow up to three feet tall and is relatively easy to care for. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to successfully grow Dragon Jade Plant indoors.

Choose the Right Pot and Soil

The first thing you need to do is choose the right pot and soil for your Dragon Jade Plant. The pot should have drainage holes at the bottom to allow excess water to drain out. The soil should be well-draining and not too rich in nutrients. A good option is a mix of regular potting soil and sand or perlite.

Provide Adequate Light

Dragon Jade Plants need bright light but not direct sunlight. Place your plant near a south-facing window if possible. If you don’t have access to natural light, you can use artificial grow lights that mimic sunlight.


Water your Dragon Jade Plant sparingly since it is a succulent that stores water in its leaves. Overwatering can cause root rot and kill the plant. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. A good rule of thumb is to water your plant only when the top inch of soil feels dry.

Temperature and Humidity

Dragon Jade Plants prefer warm temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C). They can tolerate low humidity, but it’s important to keep them away from cold drafts and extreme temperature changes.


Fertilize your Dragon Jade Plant once a month during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Avoid fertilizing during the winter months when the plant is dormant.


Repot your Dragon Jade Plant every two to three years, or when it outgrows its current pot. Use a pot that is one size larger and fresh soil mix.


Dragon Jade Plants can be propagated from stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. Simply take a stem or leaf cutting and let it dry out for a few days before planting in well-draining soil. Keep the soil moist until new growth appears.

Common Problems

  • Yellowing leaves: This can be caused by overwatering or underwatering. Check the soil moisture level and adjust watering accordingly.
  • Soft, mushy leaves: This is a sign of overwatering and root rot. Reduce watering and repot in fresh soil if necessary.
  • Pests: Dragon Jade Plants can be susceptible to mealybugs and spider mites. Use an insecticidal soap to get rid of them.


Can Dragon Jade Plants be kept outdoors?

Yes, they can be grown outdoors in warm climates. However, they need to be protected from direct sunlight and cold temperatures.

How often should I water my Dragon Jade Plant?

Water your plant only when the top inch of soil feels dry. This can range from once a week to once every few weeks depending on the climate and humidity levels.

Can Dragon Jade Plants be grown in low light conditions?

While Dragon Jade Plants prefer bright light, they can tolerate low light conditions. However, they may not grow as quickly or produce as much foliage.

Can I grow multiple Dragon Jade Plants in one pot?

Yes, you can grow multiple plants in one pot as long as there is enough space for each plant to grow and enough soil to support them.