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Do Jade Plants Bloom?

People value jade plants for their beauty and believe they bring good luck. The lush evergreen succulents are perfect for sprucing up your living space. But do jade plants ever take it further and display delicate blossoms? Explore these beautiful plants and see if they can bloom indoors!

Do Jade Plants Bloom?

Jade plant in bloom
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The answer is yes, but certain conditions must be met first — namely, extended periods of intense sunlight and cool temperatures at night come autumn. This environment can be difficult to replicate indoors, so indoor jade plants don’t often bloom. However, with the proper care and a bit of luck, your jade plant may surprise you with tiny white flowers in the winter.

How to Initiate Blooming

houseplant Crassula ovata jade plant money tree in white pot
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Making your jade plant bloom requires creating the ideal dormancy conditions for flower initiation. To bloom as houseplants, jade plants need a lot more light than they typically get in your home. An ideal spot is near a south-facing window with plenty of direct sunshine: a minimum of six hours strong and unobstructed sunlight daily.

In the fall, withhold water and place the plant temperatures at around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Put it in an area that gets no light at night — whether supplemental or natural. You want to trigger the natural light cycle of the season so blooming can occur. Also, jade plants love tight spaces, so keeping them root-bound will help them bloom.

After several weeks in a dark, dry, and chilly place, follow it up with regular watering. Your jade plant should show signs of blooming.

Care Tips

Watering a jade plant
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With the right amount of sunlight, water, and fertilizer, you can nurture a beautiful and healthy jade plant that will last for years.


When it comes to caring for your jade plant, light is paramount. Your jade plant needs four or more hours of direct sunlight each day to thrive. But if you’re trying to get your plant to bloom, it needs at least six hours of constant and unhampered sunlight. 

Even if your home isn’t particularly sunny, you can still give your jade plant the light it needs by finding a spot near a window that receives bright direct light. If you can’t provide enough bright light, try setting up an artificial grow-light system so your jade plant can get the optimal sun exposure daily.


During the active growing season (spring and summer), give your plant a deep watering to keep the soil adequately saturated. Then wait until the soil has mostly dried out before you water it again, which could mean once a week or even once a month. Just monitor your plant’s soil moisture levels and adjust accordingly.

If you’d like to see flowers on your jade plant, in fall and winter when it’s in dormancy (meaning growth will stop or slow down,) water very little or none at all. During this time, a little goes a long way! Also, never let your jade sit in puddles of water, and ensure the pot has a drainage hole to allow excess moisture to escape.

Additionally, use filtered or distilled water to water your jades. Jade plants are sensitive to minerals in tap water. Do not get water on the leaves — this may cause rot.

If you notice that your jade plant has shriveled leaves, dropping leaves, or brown spots on its leaves, it could be a sign that your plant needs more water. Conversely, if the leaves appear squishy, it’s a sign that you may have overwatered and need to give it some time to dry out. 


The ideal growing temperature for jade plants is 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the daytime. At night, they like it slightly cooler, around 55 degrees Fahrenheit (perfect for encouraging blooms)! 

Also, keeping your jade plant away from cold windows and drafty areas can help make sure that its environment is just right. If you have an outdoor jade plant during summer, bring it indoors when temperatures drop to near 50 degrees Fahrenheit, as they are not frost tolerant.


Fertilizing your jade plant is necessary for its health, but it does not require a lot of nutrients. To give your jade the best possible start, fertilize with a standard liquid houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength or one created specifically for succulents. Do this every three weeks during the growing season and use it sparingly! Too much can harm your plant — Do not feed your plant during the dormant stage.

Flower Power

Although people grow jade plants for their green leaves, they can also produce small white or pink flowers. While it’s not common for jade plants to bloom indoors, there is a possibility that your plant will surprise you with some lovely blossoms!

Follow the instructions above if you want to see some flowers on your jade plant. Give it enough light and periods of dark and cold, and don’t forget to water during the growing season! With a bit of love and attention, your plant might show you its appreciation by blooming! Have you ever seen a jade plant in bloom? Share your experience in the comments below!