Can a Jade Plant Live Outside? (Things You Should Know)

Amor Fati. “That one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backwards, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it…. but love it.”

That’s a citation from the great Friedrich Nietzsche, on regard to the Latin phrase Amor Fati. We should all embrace and accept our fate. In the end of the day, everything happens for a reason and nothing is a coincidence.

What can we do on this regard? Accept that not everything is under our control and buy a Jade Plant! Yes, yes, you read that right, buy a Jade Plant. It is believed to bring luck, so you have to have it on your plant collection.

This plant is a good luck charm and it will fit just perfectly in any corner of your house. The strong green leaves will add color to your home and enliven any place where you will place the plant.

In addition to indoors, you should know that you can grow this plant outside, as well. In this article you can read all about growing the Jade Plant outside and you will find out if this plant can actually survive outdoors.

Once more for a simple twist of fate, here I go!

Jade Plant -What Does It Represent?

With fleshy, oval-shaped leaves and strong, woody branches that resemble small tree trunks, the jade plant is a well-liked succulent houseplant. It can grow to be between 3 and 6 feet tall with a little amount of care, but it does so slowly—it gains just around 2 inches every year.

Jade plants, which are native to South Africa, are frequently presented as housewarming presents since they were originally believed to bring their owners good fortune. They can be brought home or started at any time, either from a professional nursery or by propagation, as they are normally exclusively cultivated indoors.

Pet owners should be cautious while choosing a location for a jade plant in their house. For cats and dogs, the plant is toxic in all parts.

Growing Jade Plant Outside

Sand and loam soil is the ideal type for growing jade in gardens. They need a soil that drains quickly since soils that are moist, slow-draining, compacted, or clay-based will make them vulnerable to fungal issues including root and crown rot.

In broad sun to very deep shade, jade plants can thrive. On the other hand, outdoor plants benefit from 4-6 hours per day in direct sunlight, and they will thrive with some afternoon shade.

Jade plants are succulent and can withstand droughts, but when under stress from not getting enough water, their leaves might become red or get wrinkled and shriveled. Deep watering should be done on Jade in the garden once a week or twice a week. Additionally, a yearly spring fertilizer for cacti and succulents would be beneficial for them.

The appropriate circumstances can cause outdoor jade to develop transient white-pink flowers. To keep the plant looking fresh and green after their incredibly brief bloom period, these blossoms should be deadheaded. Mealybugs, scale, and spider mites should all be periodically checked for on jade plants because they are a common pest of jade plants.

Considerations Before Transferring The Jade Plant Outside


Given how they affect the development and health of your jade plant, it would be ideal to keep a few things under control. Make sure you keep track of the following conditions as you move the jade plant. They must not conflict with the requirements of your plant.

Any plant’s ability to develop depends on light, and jade plants prefer lots of it. They thrive in direct, strong light. They avoid the severe direct sun and additional hours of direct light by staying indoors.

You must consider lighting carefully when heading outside. The plant may get sunburned if exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time, especially in the afternoon.

Other plant needs will also be impacted by the lengthy daylight hours, so pay close attention to them as well. Keeping them in a shadow will help block the strong light or at least lessen its intensity.


Another crucial element for the general health of the jade plant is the temperature. They enjoy temperatures in the middle to high range because they are desert plants. The jade plants appear to suffer when the temperature rises above 65°F–90°F.

Small temperature variations have no effect on them, but abrupt changes and harsh conditions can harm their growth and wellbeing. The temperature variations are not very noticeable while kept inside. But if left outside, the plant can experience shock from the significant temperature changes.

When relocating your plant outside, this needs to be taken into account and to be taken care of.


Depending on the cultural settings, jade plants raised outside vs. those raised indoors will have distinct watering requirements. As the temperature, humidity, and other cultural variables are more controlled indoors than outdoors, plants require less watering.

Your jade plant will require more water if you move it outside because the water will evaporate more quickly. When moving your plant, it is advised to keep an eye on the soil, as well.

Closing Words

As you can see and read above, Jade Plants can absolutely live outside, but you just have to make sure that its outdoors requirements are met. Everything you need to  know is mentioned above in this article and you can easily follow the advices I have given.

Further Reading

Now that you have put your Jade Plant outside, and you have set on the terrace of your sweet home, I bet that you are searching for more content to read, and there is where I come in.

I suggest you read an interesting article about leaves on peace lily turning black. You will find the reason why and you will know what to do if such situation happens.

And if you happen to be growing a cactus, then I suggest you read not one, but three articles related to cacti, such as cacti turning white, shrinking or falling over and leaning.

Aurora Hansen

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