Jade plants are probably the easiest succulents to grow as houseplants, even beginner succulent gardeners can’t kill these! However, I’ve come across some people that have trouble growing jade with certain types of pots, so today’s article is going to outline: The 6 best pots for growing jade plants.
Be sure to check out our Best Pots For Jade Plants list below and if you’re looking for more info about specific pot types scroll down below the table for more in-depth explanations plus examples of each type with images). Now let’s get started!
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6 Best Pots For Jade Plants
Clay or Terracotta Pots
Pro’s – Inexpensive to buy, great at preventing evaporation
Cons – Can crack in extreme heat/cold (like anything made out of clay)
Terra cotta pots are a top choice for jade plants because they’re inexpensive to buy and come in all different sizes which provides you with lots of options depending on your needs. I would highly recommend finding larger planters if you can afford it though because these types of pots usually have wide openings which mean more evaporation compared to smaller ones so larger is definitely better! You shouldn’t leave your plant sitting in the water though as this will lead to root rot (although most succulents can go weeks without ever needing to be watered so it’s not that big of a deal) but overall jade plants do best if the soil stays consistently moist.
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Ceramic/Terra cotta Mini Pots
Pro’s – Incredibly popular, lots of variety (different sizes and colors), great for succulents
Cons – Can crack if exposed to extreme heat
Ceramic mini pots come in a wide range of colors so you’ll have no problem finding something to match your décor or garden . They also are relatively inexpensive and really great at preventing evaporation from water as long as you make sure there is always water in them when your plant needs watering! Like larger terra cotta pots you shouldn’t allow them to sit in water or else your plant could end up with root rot, but if you keep the soil moist these pots work great.
Colored Plastic Pots
Pro’s – Inexpensive, do not crack in cold/heat
Cons – Do not have as pretty of a finish
Plastic pots are my favorite and they’re just about everywhere these days and for good reason! Jade plants require lots of light during the growing season so you should only use plastic pots between spring and fall (fall is recommended). During winter switch to one of the other types listed above if indoors since bright lights won’t be required until next spring. Plastic pots are inexpensive which makes it easy to buy a few extra to use as storage or give away without breaking the bank and they do not crack or break if left outside during winter (if it gets really cold you can even put them in a garage). They also come in all different colors so there’s always something great for any room of the house!
Oversized Terra Cotta Pots
Pro’s – Great for plants that need lots of space, also looks beautiful displayed on an entryway table
Cons – More expensive than other types
These super large planters are best used indoors near windows since they don’t provide much protection from the elements but they look stunning on display in your interior home. I would recommend going with plastic pots or small clay pots if you plan on using your jade plant outside since larger clay and terra cotta pots can crack when exposed to extreme cold or heat.
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Square Plastic Pots (or Any That Are Black)
Pro’s – Great for plants that need lots of light
Cons – Usually more expensive than other types
Plastic square pots are often used by growers with succulents because they make it easy to fit multiple plants together without taking up too much space. These also are great because most come in black which will block out almost all the light so they’re best for outdoor use by a window or placed on top of an entryway table. I would only recommend these for placing inside near a window in winter, but not for a spot that gets lots of sunlight year-round – unless you’re okay with your plant being sickly or dying.
Plastic Pots With Holes In The Sides (or Ones That Have A Hole On Top)
Pro’s – Are great because the water will drain out
Cons – Can hold too much water
While these pots are perfect for creating an illusion that you planted your succulents in the dirt they also can be harmful to your plant if using them indoors. While most plastic pots have holes on top and at their bottom which allows all excess water to drain out, these types of planters also typically have large openings so since there isn’t any soil holding it in, the water in the bottom quickly evaporates leaving your poor jade plant exposed to pest infestations or root rot. If you want to use these types of pots outdoors on a patio they’re great but I would still recommend filling them with rocks for weight if used anywhere near windy areas.
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saucers under pots
Pro’s Keeps lots of moisture around roots
I didn’t think I’d include this one because it’s not really a pot at all but since so many people ask about using saucers under their plants I thought I’d give my two cents! Just like the name says, these are just saucers that sit under your planter to catch any excess water that might spill out. They don’t have anything holding them in place so I find they can cause problems with plants and pots shifting around if placed on hardwood floors or wooden tables. If you want the look of a saucer under your jade plant there are far better options than using this type – just grab some good ol’ rocks!