by Kate Harris
(Inverness, Illinois)


I have a beautiful healthy jade for many years the original plant flowers each December at my neighbors home mine has never flowered. I have added additional cuttings and still no flowers
How do I get her to flower.

Comments for Jade flowers

Dec 25, 2020

by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

The flowers on many plants are only produced when the plant feels threatened, ie: under stress of some kind. You can’t compare your plant, living in its own unique circumstances, to another plant, in a different set of conditions, even if it is a direct descendant.

Jade, or Crassula ovata, are drought resistant and tough plants that can survive almost anything except kindness. They hate to be treated nicely, especially if it means they get watered too often, or repotted too frequently.

They routinely will only bloom once a year (and generally in winter) so the way to trigger a bloom cycle is to water up until the summer, then put it outside and forget about it, until September. Let it dry out almost completely. Then bring it back indoors, water it well, and this will most likely trigger it into flowering.

This article explains a slightly different method, depending on temperature and light levels, so check it out here.