Propagating Jade Plant in Water | Rooting a Jade Plant

Last Updated: 19.10.2023

Wondering if the jade plant can be grown in the water or not? Then, go ahead to find all the details on Propagating Jade Plant in Water.


The Jade plant has marked a bold statement in the world of gardening, thanks to its impressive look and easy-to-grow nature. Propagating this chic plant in water is a no-brainer and hassle-free method. Learn everything about Propagating Jade Plant in Water in the detailed article below!

Can the Jade Cutting be Propagated in Water?

Jade cuttings are generally propagated in soil due to their high success rate. However, propagating a jade cutting in water seems challenging due to its root rot tendency. While it is but a myth, as the plant roots do not rot because of the water content but the fungal infestation and pathogens that thrive in a moist atmosphere.

 But, fungal and pathogens attacks are minimal as there is no such growth in the plain water environment, especially if you replenish it periodically.

Propagating Jade Cutting in Water


You can propagate jade in water either from the stem or leaf cutting.


  • Sanitized shear or scissors
  • Glass vessel like cup, jar, or bottle
  • Plain water

From Stem Cutting

  1. Using shear, take 2-4 inches stem cutting from a healthy jade plant. Let it dry for 4-5 days until it forms a callus.
  2. Now, fill 1/3rd of a glass vessel with plain water.
  3. Put the cutting in the vessel so that the bottom part touches the water surface, but does not sink in it. This way, the cutting will get adequate moisture to develop new roots without rotting.
  4. Place the vessel at any spot with bright, indirect sunlight. Change the water once a week or when it looks dirty.
  5. You will see the formation of the new roots in 3-4 weeks.
  6. Once it develops ample roots, you can transfer the cutting into a container filled with potting media.

From Leaf Cutting 

  1. Pull back a healthy leaf from the jade plant by twisting back and forth. Ensure to get the whole leaf, including some base attached to the stem. If the leaf is broken from the middle or bottom, it will not root.
  2. Let the leaf dry for a couple of days until it forms a callus.
  3. Now, fill half a cup with plain water.
  4. Set the leaf on the rim so that the leaf base rests above the water surface without sinking.
  5. Place the cup in a bright place, and add the water whenever needed.
  6. The leaf-cutting will grow new pink shoots in 3-4 weeks. Then you can transplant the cutting into the soil after drying it.

Important Points to Remember

  • Prefer changing the water at regular intervals instead of adding aspirin or charcoal tablets to water.
  • Use clean, filtered water. If tap water is mineral-laden, let it sit overnight to settle the unwanted minerals.
  • Do not transfer the plant to direct sunlight, as it may result in a sudden shock, inhibiting plant growth.
  • Once the roots have developed, let the cuttings dry for a few hours before transferring them to the soil.

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