Wondering what the best soil for Jade plant cuttings is?
Whenever you want to root your Jade plant’s cuttings, it becomes important to choose the correct soil for them.
If you provide the wrong soil to these cuttings, they might not survive at all.
And all your efforts to root them will go in vain.
This is always an issue with soil-based propagation.
In the following guide, I have shared some insights on this topic.
Do refer to this guide if you need help with selecting the soil for your Jade plant cuttings.
What Is The Best Soil For Jade Plant Cuttings?
As you know, the Jade plant requires well-draining soil.
So, you will need to use a similar type of soil for the cuttings too.
When you use this type of soil for the rooting process, you essentially ensure that the water won’t accumulate in the pot.
It will move out of the pot through the porous texture of the soil.
Hence, you should try to prepare a mix of such soil.
If not, there are quite a few brands available on the Internet that offer well-draining soils for indoor plants.
But if you want to prepare it on your own, do take a look at the following soil combination –
Sand + Perlite/Vermiculite + Garden Soil
These are the three core elements of the best soil mix for the Jade plant cutting.
As for the proportion, you can use them in equal quantities or increase the amount of sand compared to other elements.
It should help prepare the perfect soil for your cuttings.
How To Prepare Soil For Jade Plant Cuttings
Now, here are the steps you need to follow –
- Get a medium-sized pot and make sure it has drainage holes at the bottom.
- Add all the soil elements to the pot.
- Mix them well using a shovel or any choice of your gardening tool.
- Place the cuttings and water them well.
Well, that’s pretty much about this process!
As you can see, it’s not too complicated, especially when you have the soil ready.
For commercial soil mixes, you will need to follow the instructions provided on their respective packages.
However, the process won’t be very different from the one mentioned above.
Important: Do not use any fertilizers at this stage.
You should also avoid adding homemade compost to this soil mix.
The fertilizers can burn the tender roots and cause the cuttings to rot in the soil.
Also, the fertilizers are only useful for the plants that have rooted well.
Apart from that, organic fertilizers like compost or vermicompost retain a lot of moisture, which you should avoid at all costs.
You don’t want the cuttings to be in a wet soil medium for too long.
In the next section, I have talked about the things you need to remember while selecting the best soil for the cuttings.
So, let’s check out this section as well.
5 Things You Should Know Before Choosing Soil For Jade Plant Cuttings
Here’s the list for you –
1. Go For The Succulents-specific Soil Only
If you don’t want to put so much effort into creating your own soil mix for the cuttings, you should go for the succulents-specific soil only.
Most soil makers keep this type of soil in their product lineups.
So, you must check for the same whenever you go shopping.
But what does this soil mix contain?
It consists of the same soil elements I mentioned earlier.
The formula and proportion of these elements might differ with each brand, though.
2. Avoid Garden Soil If You’re Already Using Commercial Soil
Garden soil won’t be the most nutrient-rich soil you’d find for the cuttings.
It’s generally used as an addition to the base medium.
When you use a commercial soil mix, they always prepare the right mix for the plants.
In most cases, you don’t have to add anything from outside to make it more nutrient-rich for your plant.
It will have all elements to get your plant started and be on its feet without any issues.
3. Check For The Condition Of Garden Soil
Like I said earlier, the quality of garden soil won’t be as good as the unused soil mixes.
So, it’s quite necessary to have a look at the condition of the soil.
If you are making your mix, you need to know if the soil is any good for the propagation and the growth of new plants.
Generally, the garden soil does contain a lot of bacteria and fungi that may harm the newborn roots and plants.
Hence, take a look at the color and consistency of this soil.
It shouldn’t have any signs of the aforementioned elements.
If you feel the garden soil is not good for use, you can use a bit of peat moss as a replacement.
The peat moss is known for its water retention properties, so don’t add too much to the mix.
Instead, increase the quantity of sand and perlite in the mix.
4. Mix The Soil Mixture Well
It’s another important thing you should remember while preparing the soil for Jade plant cuttings.
You need well-draining soil for these cuttings, which means it should have all elements in each layer of the soil.
To achieve this texture, you will have to mix the soil thoroughly.
Also, when you mix it properly, it helps eliminate the air gaps present in the soil.
5. Make Sure There Are No Lumps In The Soil
Finally, the soil you choose for the cuttings shouldn’t have any lumps in it.
If you use the soil with lumps, it will make things difficult for the roots to grow properly.
So, avoid using such soil for root propagation.
Step By Step Guide To Root Jade Plant Cuttings In Soil
In case you don’t know how to perform this type of propagation, check out the following guide.
- Cut the fresh branches from the Jade plant.
- Remove a few leaves from the bottom of each branch.
- Keep the cuttings aside for a day or two, as it helps form callus.
- Now, dip them in the root hormone powder.
- Place the cuttings in the soil in a way that they stand properly in the soil mix.
- Water the pot until it leaches out of the drainage holes.
- Keep the pot in a well-lit space.
Well, that’s pretty much there is to this whole propagation process.
Now, you just have to wait for a couple of weeks to see the roots growing on these cuttings.
If you want to learn about the water propagation method, check out the following section.
How To Propagate The Jade Plant Cuttings In Water
Here’s what you need to do if you want to root them in water –
- Cut the branches from your plant and remove all the leaves from them.
- Put them aside for a couple of days so that they can form callus.
- Place the cuttings in a glass or jar of water.
- Observe the cuttings every day.
- Change the water after every 3-4 days.
As you can see, the process is not entirely different.
It’s just that you change the growing medium in which the cuttings can form the roots.
I prefer this method of propagation, as you actually get to see the development of roots from scratch.
It’s one of the most beautiful sights that you’d ever experience while gardening.
Meanwhile, it takes a similar period to see the growth of new roots in these cuttings.
Once you see the formation of a few roots on each cutting, you can move them to the soil-based pots accordingly.
So, that’s about the water propagation method for the Jade plant cuttings.
Below, you will find some FAQs related to this topic.
Have a look at them if you have similar queries in your mind.
As I explained in the guide, these cuttings will require well-draining soil.
The soil shouldn’t retain too much moisture, as it can cause issues in the root formation process.
The best way to begin this process is by selecting the right branches for cuttings.
Once you identify these branches, prune them off the plant and use any propagation method.
Both soil and water propagation are recommended for this plant.
You can follow the guidelines shared in this post, which will hopefully make the job easier.
Yes, you can put cuttings straight into the soil mix.
However, it’s always a good idea to use rooting hormones.
It will help speed up the propagation with this method.
Along with it, you should also clean the cuttings and remove any lower leaves before putting them in the soil.
Yes, you can put your Jade plant outside in the summer.
If you don’t receive heatwaves in your area, you can surely keep it outside.
The plant does like sunlight and will grow successfully in such an environment.
Yes, you can root the Jade cuttings in water.
The only thing you need to remember in this method is to change the water every few days.
If you don’t change the water, it will become stale and may invite harmful elements that will prevent the root formation in these cuttings.
Over To You
Making perfect soil for the Jade plant cuttings is not as difficult as it sounds.
However, you need to balance the proportion of each element in your mix.
In the meantime, if you have any queries related to this topic or want to know anything specific about the process, please let me know in the comments below.
I will help you resolve your queries as much as I can.
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