Jade Bonsai Tree

jade bonsai tree

Welcome to our Jade Bonsai Tree information!

We hope you enjoy learning about this tiny tree as much as we do!

The Jade Bonsai tree, otherwise known as a Money Tree is thought to bring good luck and prosperity. The Jade is an indoor tree, and is known for it's thick trunk and fragile branches.

The Jade has thick foliage pads with dense leaves; often a very vibrant green in colour. The Jade also flowers through Spring with stunning pink buds.

Native to South Africa, the Jade is a succulent evergreen that survives well in tropical and climatic conditions. The tree is considered a great choice for Bonsai and is easily cared for, with the right know-how!

Let's give you the know-how! Allow us to break down Jade Bonsai tree care into categories, as you will find in all of our individual tree guides........

Before reading on, be sure to check out our extensive Care Guide and our 'How To' Guide! You will find a great knowledge base for Bonsai success!


Soil, Lighting, & Watering

• Use a basic Bonsai soil mix that contains grit and peat/moss

• The soil needs to be well drained (grit will aid this) but must also retain enough moisture for the plant to survive!

• The Jade Bonsai Tree will thrive in both high and low light conditions

• The Jade is an indoor species of Bonsai but will appreciate being placed outdoors to absorb summer sunlight. Just make sure it is not left in the full sun for extended periods of time! Being left indoors year-round with low light will not kill your Jade, but it will inhibit it's natural growth

• The Jade is one of the best species of Bonsai at retaining water. We like to think of the Jade as the camel of Bonsai, as it holds a great deal of water in it's leaves. This means that the Jade is more drought tolerant than many Bonsai candidates and will handle a little neglect

Water regularly, around once a day, but do not overwater. Overwatering the Jade will cause root rot and fungal infections

• Make sure the soil is dry between watering to avoid an unhealthy root system


• Feed your Jade once a month throughout Spring and Summer with a low-nitrogen feed. Feeding is not particularly important but will promote healthy growth, especially if your tree lives inside


• Be sure to repot your Jade every 2-3 years

• When you transfer your Jade from it's container to another, bigger one, clean up the root system but do not get rid of more than 1/3 of it's roots

• Check for pests and disease

Pruning & Wiring

• The Jade Bonsai tree is a particularly tough candidate to prune. The branches are dangerously fragile and are prone to breakage, so be careful!

• The Jade is a fast-growing, vigorous tree that will need constant pinching and pruning throughout the growing seasons: Spring-Summer

• Your Jade will need to have growth as close to the base of the trunk as possible, so promote growth particularly in this area. Pinch new growth as it shows and let it sit towards the end of Summer. There are no rules with Jade trees so really its up to you how you want it to look!

• Ensure you prune and pinch when the soil is dry. This will allow the branches to be in good form for your session

• The Jade Bonsai Tree best suits cascade and multiple trunk styles

• When you wire your Jade, be very careful. Their branches are fragile and will break easily. When wiring you can use raffica (a wrap for the branches to prevent wire marks) to protect the branches

• Wire your tree at the beginning of the growing season using very thin wire

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