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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Jade Plant Care


Common Name: Jade Plant
Scientific Name: Crassula argentea
Lighting: Moderate
Watering: Low

The Jade Plant is an easy houseplant to care for, thus why you see many people having them. The Jade Plant is characterized by plump, full leaves with a glossy appearance coming off of thick stems. In the right conditions, Jade Plants can reach up to 4 feet in height and width.

Jade Plants prefer moderate light levels. Placing it this houseplant in a east or west-facing window or within 2 to 3 feet of a south facing window works best. Overall, try to allow the houseplant to receive 3 to 5 hours of bright, direct sunlight each day. If the stems become spindly, your plant is probably not getting enough light.

The Jade Plant requires low water levels. You should allow the soil to dry out almost completely in between watering. A good way to tell if you houseplant is not receiving enough water is if the usually plump leaves become wrinkled.

This houseplant is usually pretty good when it comes to common pests such as mealy bugs or mites. If pests appear spray a soapy dishwater mixture on the plant twice a day. If that does not get rid of the pests, visit your local garden center for a stronger insecticide.

Since these houseplants can get large in size, you can prune it as needed in order to keep in a nice compact shape. Feel free to also remove and dead or dying leaves / stems.



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250 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks!

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My jade plant seems to be rotting near the base of a few of the larger sprouts. Almost like something is nibbling at one side? Any suggestions...

12:15 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

When you say rotting, do you mean that the base is turning a black color? Also, is the base squishy and not firm anymore? If so, your Jade Plant may have stem or root rot, typically caused by over watering.

If it is stem rot, you'll want to remove those stems as soon as possible to prevent it from spreading to the other healthy stems.

Please let me know.

Thanks,
drayas

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had my Jade plant (almost 2' h x 1 1/2'w) about a year and it's just about doubled in size. It became top heavy and I had to repot in early Aug (I live in RI). I used only soil, not a mix, but it was still healthy and growing -fast! About a month ago, growth slowed, leaves looked a little droopy and I noticed several spots. Some of the new leaves were deformed. I checked it out and found mealy bugs. I wiped them off with water and a soft toothbrush, then sprayed leaves with a mild dishsoap solution. (2 drops soap/1 liter H2O). I put a towel over the soil during spraying. Over the next 2 1/2weeks, I wiped off bugs as I found them and sprayed leaves down one more time. It's been 3 weeks since I've seen a bug and the plant seems to be on a growth spurt but leave spots are getting worse. Some have brown spots (bigger spots go thru leave - create "a hole" if removed), a few have long, thin brown scars (1/4" on 2" leaf) that can be scraped off (underlying leaf looks fine), some have raised black or clear "pimples" - this problem is increasing, and half the new growth is deformed with some getting black and crusty at the tips. I'd say about 1/3 of the leaves are affected at this point. Please help! Is all this from overwatering, 1/2-1cup 2times/week? I made sure soil was dry but, based on what I have read so far, I know I am. What about sunburn? It gets lots of bright sun, but same as last 6 months. Should I repot now and get a mix in there? Is pot too big - 1 1/2' x 1 1/2'. Also, the edges of the leaves used to turn red in the sun. I can't remember that happening since mid-summer, I'm fairly certain before repotting.
I bought this plant at a local farm and followed the instructions given to me, including the soil. Remind your readers to always do their own research.
The Jade plant is beautiful and exotic. The day I bought it was the first time I had ever heard of one. I couldn't wait to get it home and show my 3-year old daughter, Jade. She seems so proud it has her name and is almost as beautiful as she is. I would be horrified if... I cannot let this plant die!

Thank you for your time! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

A very concerned Mommy

6:35 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

I don't think your problem is from sunlight since that has not changed.

Is there any way you could send me some photos of the foliage with problems. It sounds like there may be a couple of things going on.

Could you email me photos to me at houseplantcare@gmail.com

I'll do some research. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I was on vacation for the holidays.

Thanks,
drayas

9:59 PM  
Anonymous PhotoB3 said...

I have recently noticed white material near the base of some leaves, or at the intersection of branches. The affliction seems to lead to the leaves, and sometimes a whole branch, falling off.

This is a mature plant of about 30 years, about 3 feet tall, and 3 feet in diameter. I don't want to lose this plant.

Please help.

Thanks.

7:20 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

photob3,

Can you tell me a little more about the white substance? Is there is a sticky substance as well on the foliage?

When you say the branch falls off, does the whole branch brown and then fall off?

If you can give me a little more feedback, I can better try and help you out.

Thanks,
drayas

9:44 AM  
Blogger bbbrinson said...

With reference to the white material - I wouldn't really define it as sticky, more silky and clinging - I'm thinking spider web. There are also small white flecks on the leaves themselves, which wipes easily off.

The branch doesn't brown before dropping off, more like it runs out of water, almost as though the flow is being interrupted.

So....some small bug?

Thanks

1:59 PM  
Anonymous b3photo said...

I'm thinking the white material is spider-stuff. It's not so much sticky as silky, and rubs off easily.

The branches which have dropped off do not first turn brown - rather they seem to get limp, then detach at the joint - which is were the greatest concentration of white material is to be found.

Any thoughts? Spiders?

8:28 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Try spraying the entire plant with a soapy dishwater mixture twice a day.

Many times this will kill spider mites or whatever the pest may be. Do this for about a week. If you aren't seeing results after a few days, then you may want to go to a local garden center for a pesticide.

I'm thinking some sort of spider mite.

Please keep me posted.

Thanks,
drayas

10:38 AM  
Blogger MLG said...

I have been reading about the jade plant problems...white powder...and I have something flying around. I have the leaves turning yellow and falling off, plus some brown spots on leaves. I've sprayed the store bought stuff and seems not to help. I'd like to know the ratio of soap to water. I bought some SureFire Insect killing soap, and after I used it, I read I wasn't suppose to on Jade plants.
I've never had problems like this and I've grown plants for years and years. I only hope I can get back to this website to get an answer from you.
Thanks

1:10 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

mlg,

For the soapy water mixture, I basically just take a normal spray water bottle, put a couple good squirts of dishsoap and then fill with water. Then shake up the bottle.

Sorry I don't have a precise formula. I also too learned the hard way when buying insecticides. I had a plant which I don't remember what it got, but I bought something, didn't read the bottle and killed my plant.

Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions. I will do my best to answer them.

Thanks,
drayas

9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mom gave me a Jade plant just before Christmas, and I have been doing everything she said to take care of it, but I have noticed lately that the leaves are drooping and some of the leaves are getting spots on them, some of them dark, and some looks like it would go through the whole leaf. I could use some help or advice on how to take of this plant. I have it sitting in front of my balcony door where it would get the most light, but in the winter in Wisconsin, you do not get alot of sunlight. And I have been watering it only when it is really dry. Help!

11:34 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

It sounds like your overwatering the plant. Allow it to dry at least 2 inches in depth before watering again.

The other problem may be drainage. If the roots sit in water it may seem dry, but way down it's too moist. You could try repotting the plant in new soil, put 2 inches of stone at the bottom of the pot and make sure your pot has a drainage try. This will prevent the roots from sitting in water.

Hope that helps. Please keep me posted.

Thanks,
drayas

11:37 AM  
Blogger blkitalianpride75 said...

My jade plant has started to lose healthy leaves!!!! HELP!!

10:04 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

blkitalianpride75,

Couple of questions. How long have you had the plant? Usually dropping of the leaves has to do with the water levels. You may be overwatering the plant. Are the leaves yellowing or browning? Any other signs of distress on the plant?

With a couple answers I can hopefully help you a little better.

Thanks,
drayas

9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would like some info on repotting my jade plant. It's at least 8 years old. Some of the branches grow downward and then turn up. They look heavy, the bottom of the branches are about 1-11/2" around. i'm afaid they may break off. I thought about repotting to give them more support, but was told that jades don't like to be in larger pots, they prefer to be in smaller pots. maybe my jade plant needs to be staked in some way ? or maybe i need to prune the tips? It's a beautiful plant and i want to keep it for as long as possible..any suggestions??

4:21 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

You can either prune the heavier branches or stake them. Either way is fine. If you want to try and keep it at it's current size, pruning may be the best bet. Staking will help support the plant, however it will keep getting bigger.

Any pictures of your plant to put on this page would be great.

Good luck.

Thanks,
drayas

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do Jade Plants need fertilizer of some sort?

1:48 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

You could give your Jade plant some general houseplant food. I like to use Miracle Gro's Houseplant food. It is a water concentrate that I add to the water once a month or so.

Hope that helps.
drayas

4:55 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

You could give your Jade plant some general houseplant food. I like to use Miracle Gro's Houseplant food. It is a water concentrate that I add to the water once a month or so.

Hope that helps.
drayas

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My large jade plant also has some stems that "dry" up and become hollow. I cut them off. I also have some leaves with black specks. I try not to water very much. Actually the top of the soil is rather hard. Any suggestions for my beautiful plant?

7:03 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

Usually a hollow stem means your plant has some sort of rot. If the soil is hard I would have to rule out root rot unless at one point you watered it heavier than normal.

I would repot your plant. Repotting gives the plant new soil and also allows you to see how far the rot is. If the stem is squishy it's rotting.

For the black spot, spray the plant with a soapy dishwater mixture. That should get rid of whatever pest it may have.

Please keep me posted.

Thank you,
drayas

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a jade plant and it has 4-5 stalks in different spots and each one is leaning over the pot and the only reason it hasn't tipped over is they are leaning in different directions. I have had it for about a year or two and i haven't pruned it is that the problem?
PS. the stalks are only about 6-7in. high

1:55 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

So the stalks aren't even a foot tall but they are leaning over? I wouldn't prune it then. You can tie your plant.

Is the plant close enough to light? Plants will become spindly if they are too far from the light source.

Thanks,
drayas

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The leaves on my jade are brownish and slightly wrinkled. I am trying to nurse it back to it's healthy original state and have pruned most of the brownish leaves and placed it on a stand from a South-east facing window. I live in Colorado and it is dry here. I water it around 2x/week and have been misting the leaves.
Any advice to keep the leaves from getting brown? I was told it's a cactus and doesn't need a lot ofwater, but it does get pretty dry and I thought brown=too dry?

9:16 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

Generally this is a low water plant. Are the leaves plump or more wrinkled and skinny? If the latter than it is not receiving enough water.

Thanks,
drayas

12:04 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

Hello!

I have a jade plant that's relatively young, has a healthy base, and is doing nicely. I'm concerned because it's forked into two branches and those branches have new offshoots. I would very much like to one day have a huge jade tree and am wondering how I should prune it. Do I snip off small shoots at the base/joint? I don't want to hurt my plant!

Thanks for your advice!

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have a Jade plant, and we are wondering if we at any should put it outside

9:04 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

If the plant is exposed to temperatures below 55 degrees it usually goes into a dormant state, so I'd wait until it stays at least that warm before putting outside.

Thanks,
drayas

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a small Jade from a leaf cutting (salvaged from a rotting plant due to over-watering). It has two full leaves, a small stalk and a set of leaves about to emerge. It looks healthy and is certainly growing. Is there anything I can do to increase growth speed while it is so small? Should my watering schedule be any different at this stage?

Thanks!

3:11 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

If it is healthy, I wouldn't change the watering or lighting at all. You could give your Jade plant some houseplant food every other watering or so and see if that gives a little boost.

Thanks,
drayas

2:57 PM  
Blogger lindsaygrey said...

Could you please give me some advice as to how to propertly prune a jade plant? Do I only need to snip at the joint? I'm sorry if this is an ignorant question...

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I recently placed my indoor palms in my courtyard,as a friend told me they would be ok outside during the summer months,I have just returned them indoors as the leaves have drooped,and started to fall off,can anyone tell me if I have killed them or how to preserve them if poss..any ideas...

11:34 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

lindsaygrey,

How to prune is always tricky to explain and easier to show. Basically cut the stems back to a lateral branch. You don't want to cut the actual trunk of the plant.

Let me know if that makes sense, if not I'll try again.

This is not a stupid questions, it's just a hard one to write an answer to.

Thanks,
drayas

If any of my readers can give us hand, please do!!!

2:04 PM  
Blogger Max said...

I have the same problem with my jade plant. Some of the stems have become soft and are starting to fall off. What's the best way to remove those stems?

9:59 AM  
Blogger Joshua said...

Just wanted to say the white powdery/spider silky stuff sounds to me like mealy bugs. If people are having trouble with Jades, and they see whole branches falling off, it is likely a mealy bug problem. It takes some persistence, but they're relatively easy to kill off. All you have to do is inspect the plant each morning. If you see any powdery stuff, dip a Q-Tip in Rubbing Alcohol and clean the material off with the Q-Tip. If you keep an eye on the plant for two weeks or so, and eliminate all the bugs, it should clear up.

At least, that's how it worked for me.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Emma said...

hi...my wonderful jade plant that belonged to my late grandma has root rot i think. some of the stems at the bottom where they meet the dirt are twisted and withered. it's funny, because i didn't water it very much for awhile, it was kind of less than succulent, and then my mom took over, put it outside (it's all warm and stuff now) and gave it water...it perked right up. through reading it seems that for the root rot i should repot. when i do this, i should remove the rotten stems? can i use the healthy part of the clippings as new starts? the healthy stems are leaning over the side of the pot...when repotting, can i orient them more upright?
oh wow, lots of questions.
thanks for the info i have already gotten.
emma

2:03 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Emma,

If your Jade plant has root or stem root, the root or stem will be squishy and not hard like it should be. If the answer to the above it Yes, then you need to repot, removing all of the rotten roots and stems. Use the healthy part of the plant in clippings as new plants. You can stake the plant upright more when you repot.

Please keep me posted.

Thanks,
drayas

3:33 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

Thanks..
i think i need to just go ahead and repot, little bit exploratory.
the stems are wizened right through at the bottom, so i'll see what else is going on down there.
i'll post my results.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

oh yes...when i remove the wizened branches, is it worth it to use the part at the top of the stem that is healthy as a cutting for a start?
if so, should i use rooting powder or just stick it in some succulent mix?

4:01 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Emma,

Yes, use the good part of the plant for cuttings. I would use some rooting powder just to be safe.

Keep us posted.

Thanks,
drayas

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi drayas,

I'm horrible at computers so I hope this gets to you. I just wanted to know if you were aware that the fallen leaves of jade plants produce new plants. People always want to remove fallen leaves but on the jade, if you just leave them be, they will begin to root right where they fall, and voila! New plant.

8:32 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Thanks for the tips!!!

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had a jade plant for, I guess, at least a year now, and it seems to have done fine.

Lately, however, it has been losing more leaves than normal, and they aren't getting "replaced". It's becoming barer and barer, and I'm quite worried.

It's about 2 feet tall, and still in the original pot in which we purchased it from a local nursery. It doesn't seem to have grown since we got it, but
I don't really care so much if it grows, unless its health depends on it.

It's positioned next to a large picture window facing north, and really doesn't get "direct" sunlight. Admittedly, the window has a UV film on it that reduces UV and light, but I wouldn't call it "dark". It might reduce
light by, say, 15% compared to bare glass.

When we first got the plant, and for probably the better part of its first year with us, the white cellular shade on that window was drawn almost all the time. It still allowed light through, but it was somewhat diffused.

Maybe three months ago or so, we began leaving the shade up about 6 inches (right next to the foliage), so it's getting somewhat more light, but still not direct.

Ironically, in retrospect, it seems that the plant did better before we raised the shade, but I'm not entirely sure.

Also, I typically only water it now and then, but I think I (and my wife) have been watering it a bit too often lately. The pot drains, so it won't become waterlogged. I'm not sure of the type of soil, but its whatever it
was in at the nursery.

Do you think I'm drowning it? Since it's casting its leaves, is it dying? Do you think I can stop and reverse the decline? Maybe I should place it outside on our porch tomorrow, still out of direct sunlight, but that would
mean going (for the first time) from a 75 degree indoor environment to a 94
degree outdoor environment (forecast for tomorrow). My thinking for doing this is that it would accelerate drying the soil out, and undoing what might
have been a mistake last night in saturating the soil until it drained through the bottom of the pot.

Any advice is greatly appreciated - I really want to not only save this plant, and encourage the leaves to regrow, but keep it healthy.

Thanks so much.
Jason

8:38 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Jason,

First you need to only change one thing at a time. That way you can see directly whether that had an effect or not. Since it seems like the only thing that changed was the light level, I would keep the shade closed or move the plant a foot or so away from the window.

In terms of the foliage falling off, is the foliage turning a color, yellow or brown at all? The foliage falling could be due to overwatering. Just allow the plant to dry out inbetween waterings. Give it some time to dry out and then get it back onto a normal watering schedule.

I wouldn't put it out on the porch. A change in environment could send it into shock.

The next time you water, give it some houseplant food as well.

Give it some time, but once back on schedule, your Jade plant should be fine.

Keep us posted.
Thanks,
drayas

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone help me? My jade was rescued when its 10 year old mother died in frost, there were about 3 smaller ones, but they all died too. It is tiny, I put it in some soil and it did nothing. I put it in some cactus soil and 2 new leaves came out, Now 2 new leaves are just visible but have not grown at all for about 2 months. The plant will come out of the soil if you move it too much and doesnt seem to be rooting, It is like living dead, The leaves seem to be ok too. I live in england. It spends most of its time on a south facing window

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello, my jade has light green leaves, with redish edges. what causes this? i would like to keep my jades for a long time and i want them to grow big. is red a problem?

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My jade plant has a sticky sappy material on the leaves. It would not be a problem except that the carpeting gets sappy. How can I stop this????

9:23 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

Your Jade plant has become infested with a pest. I belive mealybugs are what cause the sticky substance. Couple things to do. One remember, these bugs are tiny so there are many more than you can see or think there are. Rub the foliage with rubbing alcohol. I found this works well. Try rubbing the sticky substance away with the alcohol. Do this once a day for a few days. Also, if you do the alcohol in the morning, in the evening, spray the entire plant with a soapy dishwater mixture.

Do this process for at least a couple days, then see if it comes back. I had these on my Bird of Paradise and it took awhile to get rid of them.

Keep us posted.

Thanks,
drayas

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the advise on the sap. My only problem is my Jade Plant is very large and that would take forever. Can I put the Alcohol in a spray bottle and just spray all the leaves?

6:25 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

You could try spraying the plant down. I wouldn't spray it too heavy though because I'm not sure what the alcohol would do to the soil.

Let me know how it works. Like I said, I've never sprayed it, just wiped.

Thanks,
drayas

9:29 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hi,

I was doing some research about jade plants after I inherited one recently. I noticed a blog so I hope you don't mind me asking you a couple of questions about jade plants.

I live in the southern hemisphere and I currently place the plant in a south facing courtyard which gets a couple of hours of direct sunlight each day during summer but mostly indirect light.

As the plant is quite big, I intend to re-pot it. Should I re-pot it useful well drained mix (such as those for succulents)? I intend to water it twice a month - is this correct? Should I put a plate underneath the pot? Should I water from the top or water it on the plate (ie let the root suck up the moisture)?

So many questions..

Thanks,
PW.

8:33 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

PW,

In terms of soil, a well-drained mixture will work best. Watering it twice a month should be sufficient. If it seems to need more, give it more. Typically Jade plants like the soil to dry out in between watering.

I water from the top, but be sure to put some sort of tray underneath and make sure your pot allows the excess water to drain out.

Thanks,
drayas

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello, my jade is around 20 years old and I've had it for 2 years. I leave it outside all summer. My house is small, but my jade is getting large and I need to prune it. When should I prune, before or after I bring it in before frost? What time of year is best? Also, should I wait to repot it for awhile after pruning?

11:27 AM  
Blogger momof2boys2girls said...

I've been doing a lot of research on how to properly care for my son's 2 year old jade plant this month. I found out I was doing a lot wrong.

It did not have enough light. It was on a shaded porch on the north side of the house. So, about a month ago I moved it so a sunnier location on the south side of the house. Then I found out that I had changed its light amount too drastically too quickly, and that it's only supposed to have about 5 hours of direct sunlight in the day. It is getting direct sunlight from about 9 or 10am until 6 or 7pm. It now has brown spots on some of the leaves. But I don't know how where to place it because I learned that the jade doesn't like a lot of changes. So, I need to know how to step it down to the amount of direct sunlight it should be getting. And I know I need to do this quickly because soon it will be time to move it back inside for the winter.

Also,I repotted it just before doing all this research because I thought it needed a bigger pot, but while doing the research, I learned that I shouldn't have repotted it yet because it's supposed to get root bound before repotting. I repotted it in regular potting soil for house plants, and learned that I should have potted it in cactus soil. I potted it in a plastic pot, and learned that it should have been potted in a clay pot. So, I need to know if I should move it now and change the soil type or wait, and how long.



I learned that I'd been watering it incorrectly. It was getting a little water often instead of a lot of water only after the soil had dried out. So, its root base is very shallow and does not support it very well. And I'm scared to repot it for fear that it won't stand up right and I may break the roots that are there.



The plant needs to branch out near the base. (Ben is in 3rd grade, and the plant is a school plant that is judged every year.) There is one branch on one side. Then the main part goes up a little then splits pretty evenly into two branches. I'd like to round it out a little by cutting the leaf that is growing directly opposite of the lower branch on the main stem to get it to start growing there. Then, I'd like to try to plant that leaf in a new pot.



The plant was fertilized once a week with miracle grow that was mixed into the watering can right after I repotted it, which I found out I wasn't supposed do. I found out that it's supposed to dry out for a while after replanting and not be fertilized.



After repotting it and then placing it in more sun, though, it has grown many new leaves, and for the most part, I think it is doing better. There are now dark red edges around the leaves and on the stem and the base of the stem is starting to look woody. Before it was all green. I think this is good.



What I want to know is what I need to do, and in what order to do it. Could you help me out, please? Thanks so much!!!

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does the jade grow in a room weather ((AC))

3:56 PM  
Blogger chicwholuvsgod said...

I just bought a jade plant from the Whole Foods Market. I brought it home and repotted it into a pot that I already had that was a little bit bigger than the one it came it. I was reading some of your other posts and was wondering if it is okay to do that. Is it too soon to repot and is it too roomy in the pot for this plant (Plant- 4"; Pot- 4x4x4)? Also, some of the leaves have hard black spots, a few have small white "freckles", and some of the edges have a maroon tint. What are these and should I be concerned?
Plus, I've never cared for a jade plant before. How much water and sunlight do you suggest?

8:03 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

hi
I repotted my jade plant after earlier questions on this site re: root rot, which it seemed my plant had. removed those stems, straightened it out a bit, left it to settle for a week before watering. now the plant is looking worse than ever. the very tips of each branch are green, new leaves, but most other leaves are wizened, and it seems to have an affliction where the leaf gets these white flakes that are almost sparkly ( i know it sounds weird), then these flakes take over the whole leaf and it wizens into a completely dried leaf which falls off when i touch it. in fact most of the leaves fall off when i touch them. i dont want to lose this plant!! i don't think the stem i repotted had root rot, so i don't know what is going on now.
thanks for the advice
emma.

12:23 AM  
Blogger Jenny J. said...

Hi-
I recently bought a jade plant and placed it a few feet awat from and east facing window. A couple of weeks later it seemed a little droopy so I put it outside for a few days. It seemed to do a little better but when I touched it, VERY gently, new leaves and even some branches just fell off. Do you have any suggestions? Also, can I put it back by that East facing window after it becomes a little more established?

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi.

I have a young jade plant and I love her. I have been doing my research to keep her healthy but I have yet to come across information on how to keep the trunk thick so that it can support the plant. I am not having any issue with this area as of yet but I would rather work to make sure I don't. Any help would be great.
Thanks.

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We inherited a jade plant from a friend this summer, and kept it out on the porch until last week. It is a largish plant with a 2-inch diameter main stem and two 1-inch diameter separate smaller stems coming out of the soil. About 3 weeks ago the leaves on one of the smaller stems began to wrinkle and wilt. Now, the end leaves on this stem are very wilted and soft, with dry edges and some leaves drooping.

I cannot see any bugs, and the leaves on the other stems appear healthy. I let the plant soil dry out thoroughly between waterings (maybe 2-3 weeks between waterings).

Any suggestions?

6:34 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

I would wait to repot until the plant has established itself again after pruning.

Thanks,
drayas

6:16 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

momof2boys2girls,

Well. First off, if you have not already, get the plant on a normal lighting and watering schedule. So get it to a location where it receives the proper lighting and receives proper watering.

I wouldn't worry about fertilizing the plant with the water soluable houseplant food. I use Miracle Gro's houseplant food on all of my plants, include my Jade.

By getting your plant to a normal watering the root base will restablish and better support the plant. My plants are in a mixture of clay and plastic pots, my Jade is in a plastic pot and does fine. I also only use Miracle Gro Potting Mix and have never used a special dirt mixture and again my plants all are fine. My Aloe plant is the one exception in which it is planted in plain old dirt out of the yard.

Once you get the plant on an established schedule, it should spark up and really start to take shape.

It has been some time since I have been unable to keep up as much as I'd like to with answering questions. So give us an update and me and my readers will try and help you out some more.

Thanks,
drayas

6:21 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Emma,

The sparkly substance sounds like some type of mold. Your plant will go through a shock period after repotting, but with root rot, you have no other option. Spray the plant down with a soapy dishwater mixture twice a day and see if that helps get rid of the sparkly substance.

Keep us posted.

Any readers have other ideas for Emma?

Thanks,
drayas

6:25 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

jenny j,

What was the weather like outside? Where are you located? Did it get cold, that the plant may have been touched by cold weather?

Thanks,
drayas

6:26 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

On the stems of those with the dropping leaves, when you squeeze the stems are they firm or squishy? If they are squishy you have stem root and need to get those out of the pot right away before it spreads to the other stems.

Let me know. Thanks,
drayas

6:28 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Dear Drayas,
My jade plant has been growing successfully for 2 years, but recently the new leaves appear crinkled (the edges are kind of wavy) and there is a red tinge to some of the shoots. I have poked the soil at the bottom of the pot and it is still damp, although it is a rather large pot. (After repotting it I did some research and only then learned that jade plants prefer to be root bound - oops). Are these issues something to be concerned about? - Thanks, Cynthia

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had my jade plant for several years and it has been through many moves and has been extremely resilient in the past. However,recently my jade plant has been overwatered and now the bases are rotting despite obvious new growth on the ends. Is there anything I can do to save the plant if it breaks off at the bottom towards the soil where the stems are rotting?

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an old jade plant that has flowers all over it. This hasn't happened before. I think I wait too long to water it and many leaves wither and die. Does the flowering mean it is afraid it will die and wants to perpetuate itself first? or is it a good and expected thing? I live near Canada and have the plant in a south window. Also, I use about 1/4 or 1/8 tsp of Miracle Gro granules per 1/2 gallon about once a month. Is this too little or too much?

4:56 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Cynthia,

Sorry for the delay, the web site has gotten really busy and I'm having trouble keeping up with everyone's questions.

Jade plants, like to be root bound, however if the soil was staying soggy, repotting would probably be a good choice.

How is your plant doing now?

Thanks,
drayas

2:47 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

Stem and root rot are hard to combat. You could try cutting the stems higher up where they are not squishy and re-rooting using water or other propagating methods.

Please keep us posted.

Thanks,
drayas

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Jade plant is actually about four plants in a good size pot. It is winter now, so should I wait until the spring to split up the plants and repot them?

7:24 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

Jade plants tend to prefer being pot / root bound, so if they are in a large pot and not root bound, I would leave them be. Unless you are going to put them in separate pots. Just make sure to keep the roots more compacted.

Thanks,
drayas

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have owned a jade plant for about 4 years now and I recieved it from a nieghbor as a clipping of their huge Jade plant.
I have lately adopted a new Jade plant from my school because my schools greenhouse was being demolished. the new jade plant is a completly diffrent shade of green than the one that I recieved as a clipping and it is a very dull color. I am worried about it because it does not have a healthy look and if you touch it one of its curved leaves will fall off
The leaves on the bottom curve completly backwards.
I keep it in a warm sunny window and water it once a month.
should I move it, give it mirical gro or what.

9:41 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

I would try watering it more often. Try watering it every two weeks and see if it improves.

Thanks,
drayas

3:42 PM  
Blogger jadeR said...

I accidentally left my jade plant outside on the deck to catch some rain water.
I had to leave town on an urgent basis. When I returned, the plant was already exposed to a snow shower and cold temps. It is not soggy and wet and the stem is completely droopy.
Have I killed it ?

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a collection of jade plants on my back yard. It appeared that the roots were very shallow when they were originally planted. Over the last two years it has grown from one feet to 3.5 feet tall and 4 feet wide. The stems of the branches had become very thick and heavy with leaves and white flowers at the top. On a very windy evening couple of days back, one of the bigger plant got uprooted and brought down branches from other plants areound it. I have taken these uprooted stems with thick healthy leaves and just replanted them. Will that work. They were looking so beautiful i would hate to let them die.

Any suggestion would be helpful thanks.

NL

12:46 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

NL,

I really don't have any experience with the outdoor varieties of Jade plants.

Can any of my readers help us out??

Sorry,
drayas

3:03 PM  
Blogger Patricia said...

I live in Vancouver. It's getting cold now and i'm finding my Jade plant is losing a lot of leaves... an entire branch fell off the other day. It's quite a large plant. I have beside a window. Too cold? Too much water?

Help!?

3:21 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Patricia,

How cold is the room the plant is kept in? Aim to keep it above 60 and that should not be an issue. It may be a watering issue. Allow the soil to dry out in between watering.

Is it near any heat sources?

Thanks,
drayas

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Porsche said...

Help Please! I've been known to have a bit of a black thumb and I really want to keep my jade alive.

I got it, oh, last march, I believe, from a friend and set it outside under a tree, where it remained throughout the summer. I left it in it's original pot and rarely if ever watered it, and it did great. However, once it got cold (I live in MO), I repotted it and moved it inside. It was under a west facing window, then moved under a north facing window.

Since the move, the leaves have gotten 'weak',they are not the normal plump and firm of a jade. Some have brown spots, but most are still green.

Some people are saying that they have leaves or entire branches falling off. None of that is happeneing to mine, all the leaves are intact. The room stays around 70, but is it getting cold from the window? Am I over-watering it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I repotted my plant a little over a year ago since it was growing so well. I had to tie off some of the branches since they had become top heavy. In the mean time, it appears that I may have over watered (or underwatered depending on which problem overrides the other). There is definitely root rot, I can see the bottom pulling. Leaves are also falling off. I am trying to plant the leaves and the healthy stems, and I think I have to move it to a sunnier spot, but am wondering if there's anything else I can do to salvage this plant? thanks!

2:44 PM  
Anonymous sad mummy said...

Please help, I have a 21 years old jade plants which given so many babies in so many pots and given to so many friends, last summer I moved in the house with a nice garden and decided that the mummy jade will planted in the garden and will be the center of attraction to my garden as it is almost 4 feet tall and just look like a giant bonsai,everyone stops and admire it. this winter I forgot to cover it and protect it from the cold. One morning on my way out to work, i was so distraught to see the mummy jade were like a jelly and the leaves are almost like its been frozen and thawed. Please advice me what to do, will it come back to life come summer do I have to do something now please , am so so sad, tell me what to do.
thank you, and please reply.

3:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My jade plant was about twoinches tall - a single stem. I have had it about four years aznd now it is about eight inches tall,still a single sten but seems to be healthy. Will it ever branch out?

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have cuttings that I planted from my friend's jade plant, I have had them for over a year and they don't seem to grow much although it looks really healthy. Any reason why I am not getting the growth mentioned in your emails from other growers? Some say theirs have doubled in size

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Jade plant is quite large and when it loses soft spongy leaves am I over watering it?

9:56 AM  
Anonymous RW said...

Hello...Thanx for all your helpful advice...My wife has a Jade Plant that has a Silvery-Brown Crackle effect over most of the top surfaces of the leaves... they are not shrinking or shrivelling however. So I think plant gets adequate water...How do we get rid of this discoloration? Is the plant simply too old?

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanx for advice...My wife has a Jade Plant that has a silvery-brown crackle effect over the top surface of most of the leaves. The leaves are not shrivelling or cracking though, so I believe it gets adequate water. How do we get rid of this discoloration? Is the plant too old?

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm thinking of bringing a jade plant to work. I just have fluorescent lighting - no window. And it would sit near a heat source. Will it be OK?

1:59 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

Hi, I saw an answer of yours on experts exchange and was hoping you could help me out.

The scenario: my jade plant is growth off of my mothers very old plant in NY (I am in FL). She brought it down to me in FL and it has been pretty healthy with some brown discolorations but good growth. I recently re-potted the plant (using miracle-grow potting soil) and because of the spots I started researching how to properly care for the plant. We were watering it once a week fairly heavily. I believe possibly over watering. I have now backed off and started allowing the soil to dry out 1/2 inches deep before re-watering. And I guess possibly did not use the right soil for re-potting either. (I do have at least an inch of rocks in the bottom of the new pot and it drains freely)

It has been in various spots, mostly outside, until we started getting a lot of could weather, then we put it inside near a window where it received partial sun from the west. I read a few different opinions on what kind of lighting... Filtered light, direct light, etc. It now receives direct sun-light from about 11am to 6pm.

I believe that I have some kind of pest after re-potting and read I could us an antibacterial soap / water mix and spray on twice a day to rid the plant of the pests. Under one leaf I saw what looked like a black egg patch of some kind. I did this and sprayed the plant pretty heavily for three days (i covered the soil with a towel so it did not get any in the pot). Today I noticed the ends of some leaves looked water-loged/black/rotted possibly because of spraying with the solution?

Long story short, here is a picture and I hope you can help me out. You can see the spots I was talking about and also the black discoloration on the end of the leaves.

my jade

Regards

2:36 PM  
Anonymous KT930 said...

I need help! My jade is about 25-30 years old. It is 2 feet or so tall. I've had it for 3 years. It was full of leaves and healthy. We moved and our new house does not have any good windows facing east or west in the living space. We live in northeast Ohio and it is fairly cloudy, especially in winter. So I put it upstairs last winter in a west facing window in hopes that it would get enough light. In the summer, we brought it downstairs since there would be enough sun and it would get enough light from the other windows. Over time, my jade is losing branches. They shrivel up and then fall off. The leaves always look healthy, but it is the branches that die. Where the branches break off, it is sometimes brown. I try to cut out the brown spots, because it looks like it is rotting. Then new branches have grown in the place where old branches fell off. Since there is new growth, it makes me think it is not dying, but why is it losing branches? I don't want it to die.....it is such a beautiful plant!

1:05 PM  
Blogger Apprentice Supermum said...

I have a Jade plant that is about 10 years old. Its been in the same pot all that time and is generally very happy.
It was pruned last spring and took well to this, growing at great gusto for the next few weeks.
Over the past month or so, white spots have started to appear on last years new growth. I'll attempt to add a photo.
No idea what they are, it looks as though its been splattered with paint. The spots scratch off pretty easily.
Any ideas?

3:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My new baby jade has soft soggy leaves. I think it is due to over-watering. What can I do besides letting it dry out?

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this site! I inherited a plant that is2 ft. wide and same in length. It started to get roots everywhere then BINGO stems started to get squishy and thin. When I pruned the spots just shribbled. I repotted it but didn't know to look and remove root rot. Can I repot and trim the roots this time or will it shock my new baby? HELP

8:48 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

I have a jade plant that is over 13 yrs old. I think I may have over watered it. I noticed a squishy trunk and immediately cut it off knowing this was not a good sign. I noticed one or two others and did the same. I have however noticed new growth on other branches. I neglected to mention that this all began after a severe cutting back a couple of months ago. It was getting to leggy and the branches were hanging down and heavy I was afraid they would break.

Anyway, can someone give me a tip on how to save my plant or am I even in danger of losing it?? I am hoping if I stop watering for a couple weeks it will allow it to dry and recover. Please help. This plant has so much meaning to me I can't loose it.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Hello,

I have an inhereitied ajde, a big one. It got mushy before it was left to me, and the previous owner pruned it drastically. NOw it is starting again, although I am confused. The stems are mushy, but the leaves are thin and shriveled. I know that I hardly water it.

I have pictures that I can email you if you think it would help.

Thanks so much. I would hate for this beautiful old girl to die!

Jennifer

7:17 AM  
Anonymous plant loving kid said...

I found a jade plant leaf with roots and planted it in my mom's cactus pot. Now it is starting to grow(it has a little cm tall stem attached to it)and I am totally freaking out! I don't know what to do! A few tips please?

3:01 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello everyone,

Sorry for the delay in answers. I'm a mom of 2 (3 year old and 4 month old) so time has not been a friend of mine lately. Below I believe I have answered / addressed everyone's issues. If not, post again and I'll try to get you an answer quickly, or at least my best advice.

Porsche - How often are you watering it? In general Jade plants prefer lower water levels, so allow the soil to dry out in between watering. I usually water every 1 to 2 weeks.

If your plant has root rot, keep doing what you're doing. Take cuttings from the healthy parts of the plant. The part attacked by root rot will not come back. Take as much of the healthy parts as you can, because the root rot will spread. Repot the new cuttings in fresh soil.

sad mummy - Unfortunately I don't have any experience with these plants outdoors. Can any of my readers give us hand? Will Jade plants come back in the summer?

In terms of growth, it depends on the environment. Those where it is growing so well have mastered the care requirements. Continue to follow the care advice listed above and your plants should continue to grow. When trying something new such as more or less light, or more or less water, do only one change at a time in case it causes your plant to go the otherway. That way you can quickly stop and know not to do that again.

My jade plant was about twoinches tall - a single stem. I have had it about four years aznd now it is about eight inches tall,still a single sten but seems to be healthy. Will it ever branch out?
11:45 AM

RW - I honestly have no idea! Mine isn't that old so I can't give an answer on that. Any of my readers have a silvery brown crackle effect on the foliage or know what causes it??

I would say that without natual sun light or an actual plant light, I'm not sure it would do well. However I could be wrong? Also, having it near a heat source, if the temperature fluctuates a lot, or has heat blowing right on the plant, will hurt the plant.

Josh - The black rotted foliage wouldn't be from the soapy mixture as far as I'm aware of. It's more likely a product of over watering. Are the stems squishy? The roots squishy? You may have a problem of stem rot.

KT930 - Are the stems squishy like it has stem rot?? How often are you watering your Jade plant? With the lower light levels, you should also decrease the water as well.

Apprentice Supermum - Have you changed the water you use to water it with? Another possibility is that is has some sort of pest. Try spraying the plant with a soapy dishwater mixture twice a day for about a week. If the white spots are sticky, use rubbing alcohol and gently rub the white spot off.

plant loving kid - Is it planted with other cactus? If so you may have issues because the Jade plant will need more water than the cactus. Follow the care advice above and you'll be fine.


Thank you to all my readers and those who help by providing their own tips and stories.
drayas

11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ive had my jade plant for about four years but its only about half a foot tall. How do i get it to grow bigger?

4:53 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Hello Drayas - It's Jen again with my Jade plant help comment.

I have a jade plant that is over 13 yrs old. I think I may have over watered it. I noticed a squishy trunk and immediately cut it off knowing this was not a good sign. I noticed one or two others and did the same. I have however noticed new growth on other branches. I neglected to mention that this all began after a severe cutting back a couple of months ago. It was getting to leggy and the branches were hanging down and heavy I was afraid they would break.

Anyway, can someone give me a tip on how to save my plant or am I even in danger of losing it?? I am hoping if I stop watering for a couple weeks it will allow it to dry and recover. Please help. This plant has so much meaning to me I can't loose it.

Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated. Jen

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drayas -thanks. Regarding the sunless office plant, I think it is possible if you use a grow light in your desk light. I had a happy jade under one for years (although it only grew a little in that time).
I am curious how people use cuttings to start new plants. My jade was moved to a window, was attacked my critters, was over-watered, and developed stem rot. The plant is no more -very sad. But I have many healthy clippings. What is the best method for growing them?
Thanks again.
LB

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do jade plants have a seasonal cycle where they shed leaves? I've had a foot tall one for a few months now and it was doing just fine, but all of a sudden within the last 2 weeks, it seems like a third of its leaves fell. I do not overwater and there appears to be new growth as well. Please advise?

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! My jade plant used to have nice bright green shiny leaves...lately I'm noticing a 'dulling' of that colour..and some of the leaves look a little yellow and wrinkly. Does this mean I am not watering it enough? I usually check to see how dry the soil is and water about once a week. The plant sits on a stool in front of a south facing window- is it getting too much sun? I would very much appreciate your help.

Many thanks

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My jades leaves are not plump they are flat. I water once a month,they are real shinny and dark green.With it on the floor the plant comes to my knees.Can you help me? Thanks

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I adopted a jade plant recently. Its about 2 feet tall, with a thick main stem. I think it may have been neglected as when I moved it to my house lots of leaves and some new stems fell off. They have continued to fall off, over the last month, so I have moved it to a lighter spot. I gave it a good water when I got it but I dont think I over-watered. any ideas please?

Thanks
Rich

10:00 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Jade plants require higher water levels. Try watering every 2 weeks versus once a month.

Drayas

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had my Jade for about 3 years. It is growing fine , but the branches are starting to fall over. I thought it might have been the fact that the pot was not big enough, but now I am not sure. Is it best to stake it or just let them fall. Also was wondering about pruning, but hate to cut them off. Thanks for any help with this. I usually only water it when it is really dry.

11:20 AM  
Anonymous kt930 said...

Thanks for your reply...I hope you can help me. The branches/leaves that fall off are not squishy. I do not think there is root rot. I re-potted the plant and I didn't find any rotting/squishy roots either. I think I've under watered it, but then when I do give it water, it seems to not like that either. I moved it to another window in the main living area so it is warmer, gets lots of late afternoon sun and there is a lot of new growth. Yea! But I'm still having branches fall off. Now it is just 3 big trunks with tiny new growth on the ends. It is now getting mold on the places where the stems were recently cut off. :( How often should I water it, now that it is having growth and it gets about 3-6 hrs of light? How can I stop the mold growing on the recently exposed flesh? Thank you!

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a large jade plant with leaves that are thin. I have increased water to twice a week. It was in high sun through the winter which probably didn't help. I also wasn't sure if it was pot bound and that was causing the thin leaves. I replanted 5 years ago.
Any ideas? Thanks.

7:47 AM  
Blogger Smriti said...

Hi!
My jade plant is continuing to grow taller, but it is not sprouting any new branches, new leaves off of the original sprouts. How can I prune it to bring about more branches?

9:41 AM  
Blogger Boston said...

Is there anyway to tell when a Jade Plant needs to be repotted? I have a large one and the leaves are not plump. I am watering twice a week. I have reduced the sun a bit. Anything you can share?
Thanks!

2:26 PM  
Blogger HLD3 said...

My jade plant is about 10 years old and is healthy and happy, but gets very little new growth on the base stems.....most new growth is out toward the ends and branching off away from the base. Lots of leaves, but pretty bare down toward the soil end of the trunks. This does create droopy branches, as they are heavy with growth. Will cutting back those droopy branches promote growth down toward the base more?
Thanks for your help.

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need some help with my jade plant. . . . I think it is about 10 years old, i've had it for about 6 months. . when i started taking care of the plant it was growing downwards and then back up. . .I staked it up and it grew quite a bit and it has also been in bloom for about 5 months, which is AWESOME. However, i've been told about 3 times now not to stake it up, and that they should naturally grow down. . . so i took the stakes out and i guess i'll give it another go on its own. . any suggestions with that?

Also, i was wondering how to take a clipping and make it into another plant? just today when i took the stakes out a larger branch came off, and i would like to use it as a gift.

thankyou very much
kelly
chickwich04@aol.com

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I have a jade plant that is about 3 or 4 years old, with small leaves (not the large ones). I recently re-potted it and found that the roots were VERY underdeveloped (maybe only an inch long, where my plant is about 3 or 4 inches high). Is there any way to grow the roots longer? Also, what is the best way to grow it taller? I have maybe 5 branches. One grows up, the rest droop over the sides of the pot maybe an inch or two, then turn upwards. It is quite heavy and leans to the side. How do I make the main trunk larger and stronger to support this? Help!

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I have a small leaf jade plant that has very very underdeveloped roots (it is maybe 4-5 inches but the roots are at most 1 inch long). The plant was originally from a cutting, but is now about 4 years old. Is there any way to make the roots grow more? I would have though they would be longer and stronger after so long in the pot it was in. Thanks.

11:51 PM  
Blogger Kels said...

hello. the other day, one of the stems on my jade plant withered and fell off. the remaining part of the stem (the part that goes down into the soil) was soft and mushy, and it was black and white on the inside. I think this is rot.

If it is rot, will it spread to other parts of my plant?

I love my jade plant, and I don't want to lose it. what should I do?

8:21 PM  
Blogger robin said...

I have had my vining jade plant for 5-6 months now. It was doing well at first, but now the leave are drooping & some of them are turning brown. I repotted the plant before the changes in the plant occured and i moved the plant from an east window. i thought it needed to be repotted because big pieces of the plant was falling off and it was too top heavy. It was near a a/c vent and i thought the cool air would send it into shock. Now, after reading this blog, i believe, not only have i over watered it, but i may have sent it into shock, due to accidently leaving it outside overnight when the temp dropped to 50 or so degrees. HELP Please! I love this plant so much. It was the first one i purchased when i moved into my 1st new home. It means a lot to me. So here are my questions.
1) Should i repot the plant w/ putting gravel or rocks at the bottom to help draining? (As your blog suggest?)
2) Could my plant be in shock and how can i tell? Can it make a comeback?
3) With the big pieces that fell off, I have put them in water (just water) hoping that they will grow roots and i can replant them. Is this correct thinking? What is the best way to care for the peices that fell off.
Thanks so much,
Ladybug

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Barsha said...

NEED HELP! I have a Jade plant that is almost 2 years old, it's doing very well, but today I purchased a baby one. The stems are still fleshy green and when i took the wrapper off, they began to bend and droop. This scared me, because I don't want them to snap and break, it also lost a few leaves in the process of re-potting. I tied a string around them to keep them up, is this a good or bad idea?

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a 3 jade plants in my office. They range in size up to 2 feet and sit on my window sill. The largest one's leaves are drooping and have turned red in color and then brown. The smaller ones leaves are red around the edges. Do you have any idea why this is happening? I transplanted the large one hoping new soil will give it new life. I thought I might have been over watering it but someone in my office thinks it is not getting enough water. I do not want them to die.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

I have adopted my friend's jade tree. It is 3'x3' with a main stem diameter of 9". It is in an 11" pot which narrows down to its base. It has been in a south exposure until now; I have it in a west window. It is watered about once/wk. However, the leaves are flat and droopy; some have turned yellow or brown and dropped off. No obvious sign of mealybug. How can we help this tree?
Judy

4:51 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

Correction from Judy - the CIRCUMFERENCE of the jade tree is 9" (not the diameter).

6:11 PM  
Blogger Boglin said...

I have read through most of the postings here but no one else seems to have the same conditions. My fairly large Jade plant (2' x1'6") has a trunk as thick as a mans arm and is generally healthy but small rootlets have appeared at the base of new growth. Many of these stems falling off. Sometimes just the new piece other times with sections of branch which seem to have sealed themselves off. Is this normal cycle for the plant or do I need to take remedial action. The fallen pieces take readily and I now have dozens of young plants.

4:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a small Jade plant that I started last summer from a leaf. There are actually three stalks started from three leaves in the same pot. they're about 5 inches tall now but are only growing straight up in a single stalk. Will they start branching out on its own or will I need to pinch the tops at some point?

9:37 AM  
Blogger jasrich said...

I have several jade plants that got too much water in June when we got a lot of rain and I didn't move them inside. A couple have recovered nicely but a few haven't. The leaves are all yellowish instead of the nice deep green and very scalloped looking as if they need more water but they couldn't because I have continued to give them water about once a week. They're all potted in a well draining mixture of potting materials and they get 3-4 hours of direct South Carolina sun every day in the morning and early afternoon.

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think my jade plant has stem rot. The stems and leaves are shriveling up and falling off. The green leaves have even started to fall. When I break one of the stems in half to look at the inside, its somewhat hollow. It looks as if there is even some sort of mold starting to grow where a stem broke off. I'm concerned about the plant given that its large and replanting it may actually damage it more than it already is. How can I determine how much of the plant I need to cut away to eliminate the stem rot? Right now it seems as if the entire plant is starting to look bare as leaves are falling from all over the plant. Please help.

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Issa said...

Hi,
So I saw that blkitalianpride75 had this same question but my jade, about 2 feet tall & wide & very healthy, has started drooing leaves. I say it is very healthy because the stems look good, the leaves, even the ones that drop off, are all bright, glossy & plump and there is new growth everywhere but still, everyday I come home to 4 or 5 leaves on the ground...i can't figure it out. It is possible that i was overwatering it at opne point but i stopped that and now let the soil get completely dried out before I water. the plant is in between two window so it gets indirect sunlight all day long and a slight breeze thought it has been very humid lately...any ideas?
Thank you

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read all the comments on Jade plants and not one describes mine. I've had it for about a year and a half, It was growing great at first but now it seems like it just stop growing! It's stands about 7" with sand like soil. the leaves (except the top new leaves)are wrinkly and very thin, the part where it connects to the stem is reddish color but thicker that the leave.The leaves have not fell off, it does nothing! What is wrong with this plant.

7:37 PM  
Blogger T.R. said...

I've had a jade plant for three years. It has never grown, not a centimeter. Occasionally it drops a few leaves and those don't grow back. Any suggestions?

10:36 AM  
Blogger T.R. said...

Thanks!

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an awesome jade plant,(tree).It,s about 10 years old,it,s very healthy and it,s base is about 3 inches in diameter! i,d love 4 you 2 post a photo of it,but at least take a look at it and tell me what you think about it?I,ll work on a photo! Danny of Asheville

4:05 AM  
Anonymous heather said...

I have read some of the commets and I'm pretty sure my jade plant has root rot, because the roots are blackish and squishy. Also the tops of healthy looking steams fall off. If it is rotting what kind of soil should I use? and what size of pot? I have 5 stalks 7-8 inches high. I really want to save the plant as it was a gift for my daughter ( middle name Jade) from my mother. thanks for any suggestions.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I've had my jade plants on a window sill for years. For some reason, the leaves are growing downward instead of up! I've Q and A's for this problem and have found nothing. What could be causing this?

6:48 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Hi,
I have had my Jade for a few years now, have moved twice with it. It has been fine through all of that.

I live in NYC and have had it outside my window from March til now (Dec 15) and she's been growing well. I feed her when needed and water her the same.

Recently I brought her in because it was getting below 50 degrees (and soon will be in the 30s and 20). However, I noticed her lower leaves started yellowing then falling off. Perhaps since she's inside she's not drying out completely at the base of the pot?

I have to leave in a few days for a week and a half. It will be cold (30s) while I'm away and I don't want her to die. What's should I do to ensure I come home to a healthy Jade?

Thank you, Erin

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had my jade plant for almost a year now. Over the last few months, it has not grown at all and has become spindly. I think the culprit is that it does not get enough light. However, light is hard to come by at this time of year in Minnesota. Most days are cloudy and I'm afraid my jade is not getting enough light. It looks sickly.

My question is, would placing it near a warm light help it in any way? Or does artificial light not do anything for it?

I appreciate any advice, thanks!

1:56 PM  
Blogger Ronny said...

Not sure if you still check this.. but question about my jade.. few years old.. and it seems like the branches don't stick straight up ! they droop over the side of the pot.. the leaves do look healthy.. and i don't think i over water.. but.. any thoughts ?

Thanks

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have 2 large Jade plants that got exposed to frost during a very cold period in Central Florida. They are drooping very badly. Is my love affair over with my Jades, or is there some hope for recovery?

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My large Jade 2 foot by 2 foot has mealy bugs I have been using a insecticide but what I don't understand is stems that are squishy and dry cracked leaves am I overwatering or underwatering?

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

About a year ago I acquired two jade plants, one is a trumpet jade. They are in a South facing window, I water them about as often as I water my aloe plants (about every 2 weeks). They don't seem healthy and I'm concerned, I don't want to lose them. They're each about a foot tall but don't seem strong, they're droopy. The bases of them are firm, none of the stems feel squishy, but should they be drooping?

Also the leaves aren't shiny, only the newest sprouts are. Some leaves have what appear to be brown lines in a sort of crackle patter on the under side of them, and a few of the trumpet jade leaves seem a little shriveled. Whenever leaves dry up I remove them, but I've never really pruned them.

They are in terracotta pots with terracotta trays under them and a white powder covered the outside of the pot (not the plants). It flaked off of the pot and I did my best to clean it off. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated....

4:50 PM  
Blogger momof2boys2girls said...

To "Anonymous" who has had the jade and trumpet jade for about a year:
Watering every two weeks in the winter is okay, but you can leave them for up to a month, as long as you are giving a deep watering when you do water, and you have them planted in quickly draining soil.
The shriveled leaves on your trumpet jade can be caused by over watering, so you may want to try cutting back for the winter. Do not make any drastic changes, though. Jades do not like a lot of change all at once. In the summer you should water your jades every 10 to 20 days.
A south facing window is also good, but remember to turn the jades about a quarter turn periodically so that the whole plant gets sun.
The leaves of your jades will get dusty, and will no longer be shiny, except for of course, the new leaves, which have not had enough time to collect dust. You should use a damp cloth to very gently remove the dust. Do not scrub. Even after removing the dust, the older leaves will not be as shiny as the new leaves.
The brown lines in a crackle pattern on the underside of your leaves could be from slight damage to them if they were polished a little too hard previously. It is a natural way that the plant heals itself from whatever did damage it. Do not remove those leaves. Just let the plant grow new ones, and eventually, it will drop the leaves that are too damaged. Information on how and when to prune your jade can be found all over the internet, but I would go to your local state university's website and look for their agriculture or horticulture extension service or office for trusted advice for jade care in your area. The website may be hard to navigate, and have more information than you were looking for, so plan on spending some time to research into your specific problems. You can also call their extension office and ask for their advice. You may have to leave a message and wait a while for a call back though.
The white powder on the outside of your pots is most likely minerals from your tap water. I don't think that it's anything to worry about.
As soon as it stays above 55 degrees at night where you live, you can set your jades outside. Houseplant jades generally do not tolerate much direct sunlight. So, try to place them where they will receive mostly indirect light, and only 3 to 5 hours at the very most of direct sunlight. Getting your jades a little more light in the summer will help them perk up and be less droopy.
I hope that was helpful for you!

5:57 AM  
Blogger jessica said...

Help me! What should I do. My Jade plant has been passed down to me. It is super old. It's huge. About 3' tall by 4' in diameter. I think at one point I watered it too much because green, healthy leaves and branches kept dropping. But, now I haven't watered it in about a month and a half. Leaves and branches are still dropping. I think not as often, but now I noticed there is a sticky sap running out of where the branches have broken off and also sap encircling some of the larger branches (mid branch, not near where a branch fell off). I'm not sure what this means or what I should do! The plant is in a pretty tiny pot. But, I heard Jades like small pots. The pot is about 1.5' in diameter and about 1'tall. What should I do? Repot? If so, how do I repot it? Does it have root rot?

11:30 PM  
Anonymous shaina said...

i have a beautiful verigated jade tree and its more white than green how can i get it to be more green. ps i have majored in horticulture at a trade school so i have a lot of plants and i love this website

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks momof2boys2girls! I will take your advice, much appreciated!

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have two jade plants that haven't grown at all in over a year (the length of time that I've had them). They are south-facing, I rotate the pots for sunlight, they get watered every 2-4 weeks, depending on how dry the soil is and how often I remember to water them. I do not have a green thumb and don't know what I'm doing that is preventing them from growing. They look healthy....any suggestions?

Thanks,
2 Short Jades

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Jade plant appears healthy - plump leaves, new growth. However, the leaves grow downward. Not enough sun? Some kind of nutrient supplement needed? Your help is greatly appreciated!

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had my jade plant for almost 2 years, and it has remained unchanged this whole time. It hasn't grown at all the whole time I've had it! I see lots of jade plants around, and they're always HUGE. Why might mine be so resistant to growing? I water it every 8-9 days, it's quite healthy and happy, lives about 5 feet from a west-facing window, and is in a pot that's very large compared to the plant size. Thanks in advance for advice!

3:21 PM  
Anonymous tomfb said...

Have a jade which is bent over the rim of the pot. Can it be staked to straighten it out? Realize that it may have to be done gradually being straightened.
Send answer to my e-mail please.
Thank you

9:08 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

Two of my jade plants are a light, kind of pale color, not the usual deep vibrant green.
What am I doing wrong?
How do i correct thgis?
Thanks.
22cortez

6:10 PM  
Blogger scubababe72 said...

I live in New Zealand and I have a small jade plant that has black spots that almost look like craters on the bottoms, tops and edges of the leaves.... over 75% of them. The plant looks healthy, other than the spots, and is currently flowering. It lives outside where it is probably getting too much rain. I have recently pulled off most of the leaves with spots and I'm wondering if this is an overwatering thing or a fungus or what. Any ideas?

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello,
When I've got my Jade about 1.5 years ago it had only two leaves.Today was the first time i've done some research abot it's care and now I see that I' been doing everything wrong,from pot size to wotering...However my Jade has gron very big.we shared three plants with my friends and each got it at about same size and mine is bigest,almost at double size.
Last time i repoted it used big pot,as i see now to big for Jade.Should i repot it to a smaller one or shall i leave it as it is?
And the top of my Jade got very heavy and the trunk is to skiny for it to hold and now my Jade keeps leaning over the pot and i can't get it to stand again.What should i do?
I know i'm overweting it,because in theese hot days i was watering itg almost everyday,but it doesn't seem to be roten.The only thing that leaves are falling of,but mostly the bigest ones and when i touch it.
I also have a baby Jade from falen leave which seems to be doing fine and growing really fast.But I didn't use any rooting powder or anything,just kept the leave end in the pot whith water while it grew one tiny root and then planted it.Now trying same metod on another leave as my preschooler wants more baby Jades:).
It's very beautifull plant and we all love and adore them,but how to make trunk bigger and thicker so it could hold all the plant easily?
Sorry for my english,it's my second language and it's not well
Thank You
Edita

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HELP! I have a 20 year old jade plant that has thrived for the 5 years I have owned it. I moved it from my kitchen to the dining room. Kitchen is East, Dining Room West. It got more sun than before and began losing leaves. Still looked healthy but dropping leaves. Leaves looked healthy too. I moved it back to the Kitchen window and leaves kept falling. This morning the whole thing was broken at the base. Base is squishy but I don't water it any more than usual and the soil is hard and dry. Can I cut it off and re root it? and, what do you think is the cause? It's about 4 foot around with a 5 or 6" stalk.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While looking up info on jade plants, I saw the OTHER plant pictured here and don't know what it's called to look that one up, but I have it, and would love to know more about it :) (The other one in the same picture here as the jade) Thx!

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello. The leaves of our Jade tree are falling off like crazy. Atleast 10 petals a day. We have had this plant for a year and this has never happened. Is there something I am doing wrong? What can this mean?

Thank you!

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a Jade plant & it recently has been infested w/ little knats that seem to live in the soil. I sprayed my plant w/ a home and garden spray and it got rid of the bugs but now the leaves are falling off and the bugs have returned! I don't want spray it again because the leaves that are falling off look healthy. These little tiny knats don't seem to be hurting the leaves, but I don't know what I should do. Please help!

10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My previous Jade plant was watered weekly and it suffered from bugs and died.

The secret to this plant "is less water the better" -I currently have another Jade plant and only water once every three weeks or so and the plant is doing well on a south facing window.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my jade plant is a year old and it has become top heavy and the stock of the plant is folding over.i put a brace up to keep it straight but i want to know if i should cut off some of the branches and bigger leaves near the top and when would be the best time for pruning.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My jade plant has been losing its leaves for at least a month now. The leaves appear to have a shiny flaky substance then they shrivel up and fall off. I made the mistake of putting it 6 inches from a very health ypalnt and now that plant is beginning to show the same signs. HELP please. I do not know what to do. I don't over water, I have it in a nice southeast window.

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My jade tree appears to have been frozen in this weather and the "bark" is soft and falling over the sides of the pot and leaves are dropping rapidly
what should I do
thanks

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a plant at my school that is quite tall.The branches started to droop a long time a ago, and my teacher said to dry it out.Recently, somebody told us it needed water badly. We are now giving it water again. Cuttings from this plant had stems turn black and slimy, then fall off. We just realized that some leaves on cuttings have white powdery, but not exactly fluffy mold on them. We separated the cuttings with mold, but we are very attached to some of them. Oh, and one more thing, the mother plant seems to have some things that look like spider webbing on the stem, and there are black/brown splotches on the stems of the cuttings. Also, the mother plant is losing branches fast. Stems become bendy and fall off.

PLEASE HELP US! WE LOVE THESE PLANTS!

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our jade plant has been drooping and losing a lot of leaves and branches. The stem has some thing on it that looks like spider webbing and some sparkly stuff is on the stems and leaves. Cuttings from this plant had stems turn black and grey,slimy, then fall of at the slightest touch. Cuttings have died from stuff that looks like mold, denting the leaves. PLEASE HELP, WE LOVE AND WORRY ABOUT THESE PLNTS, THEY CAN'T DIE !!!

2:27 PM  
Blogger The genius said...

hello,

my jade is pretty large, 4-ft, and has been very healthy until now. I usually keep it outside in the summer and in a well-lit room during the winter.

It flowered all winter, but now that the flowers are drying out, should I let them fall or should I pull them off?

Also, it has always had redish/brown tips on its leaves, but I am now finding that some (not many) leaves are turning that color on their surface. quite a few leaves are turning yellow and falling off. I can see that some leaves have been nibbled on and have brown indents in them, but I have been searching closely, and have found no bugs of any kind.

otherwise, the trunk is healthy, and the plant still looks healthy. should I be concerned?

might be important to note: I have quite a few new jades that are growing from clippings I took last summer. they are also beginning to take on that reddish/brown color.

Thanks,
Laurie

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was reading your questions on Jade trees, and have recently have had a rather traumatic experience with mine which didn't fit the description of any other story here.
I've been watering it regularly (although I've almost always waited for the soil to dry out between waterings), and it gets good indirect sunlight. Sometimes I'll move it into the window on a sunny day, or (as it is winter here in Canada) I'll move it to another room with a big window that's nearly always very warm if my roommate leaves the window open.
It was rather top heavy (about a 5 inch stem with two full-grown sized leaves and two baby leaves, I could just barely see the beginnings of two mores start to peak through at the top) so I stabilized it with a stick and some string. My room is very warm, and it recently just grew nearly an inch in the last couple of days, so I had to re-adjust it because it nearly flopped right over (the stem is relatively thin (the same diameter as when I got it 9 months ago)), and the entire top fell off! All I have left is a 4 inch stem. :( What do I do? Try to re-plan the top, or let the stem grow? Is this a result of overwatering or does it just need to get rid of some weight for proper stem growth?
It has never had any rotting or brown spots. I've only noticed slight wrinkling of leaves before they fall off (I have had leaves fall off before this fiasco.) Otherwise they look completely healthy.
Any help would be much appreciated!! Thank You!

11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi.
I found out what was happening with the plant at my school.The plant had some rot and mealy bugs.The cuttings had both because they fell of instead of cut off the mother plant.We did not know what jars to use on them so they fell in the water and grew mold.The mother plant is now growing strong because she dropped off all of the infected parts. YAY! However, the cuttings are all dying.(All except for the ones that broke off instead of fell off) . Some of these we are attatched to, but I guess we have to let them go.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had my jade plant for four years and have taken good care of it, but it has had some tragedies. Unfortunately, this week was the worst. I left it outside to get some sunshine and forgot to bring it back in! It snowed and temperatures dropped, and when I got it back inside the next day, all the limbs were droopy and the leaves look saggy... have I killed my plant? What can I do now?

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Mia K said...

I think this is a nice article, thanks for share your knowledge.

Regards..

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Gabe said...

Hi,
I love your advise on jades. I have a plant that is very top heavy. The trunks are about one inch in diameter. They are about 16 inches tall. There are three stalks. It is a very full plant. I don't know how to increas the trunk to hold up the plant. We have paint sticks doing it now. Any help to save it would be greatly appriatiaced.
Gabe@new.rr.com

4:55 PM  
Anonymous rita said...

my jade plants leaves turn downward. whats wrong with it?

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Sophie P said...

I'm 14 years old and I don't know much about plants. I have a really young jade that we planted from part of another one we have. It's about 1 month old. I checked on it Friday night and it look healthy. Now, Sunday morning there are little powdery white specks on it. The specks are covering the leaves about a kilometer apart from each other on two of the leaves midway down. On 5 other leaves they are starting to appear but it looks as if they have been dusted and there are only a few spec at irregular intervals. I keep thus plant in my room where there are no spiders or bugs and I have never seen spiders or bigs on the plant. Ive watered it once so far, a few weeks ago and the soil I'd not quite dry yet. What should I do to help the plant and should I be concerned?

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Sonja said...

I have a jade plant and it's starting to get little white powdery specks on it about one millimeter apart. What should I do?

6:16 PM  
Blogger Frankie Handsome said...

Hi! I have a Trailing Jade plant in a hanging pot. I did not repot it after I bought it from a specialty plant shop. One day I noticed many of the leaves had shriveled. I pulled off the dead leaves and watered the plant. But the roots then began to rot. I assume this is from over-watering, but I only watered it once.
There are some healthy leaves on the plant now, but since it has been a couple weeks and the soil is still moist, should i just repot with new soil? Could there be a pest problem? I have two other (upright) Jade plants that are doing very well, so this was surprising. I don't want to make the same mistake again. Thank you!

11:36 PM  
Blogger JPS said...

i am so sad. some bowls fell on my jade plant and cut off the top (beautiful) branches that were just starting to grow tall and split. i potted the top half as best i could and added a bit of water to the trunk and reminder of leaves. i also potted a couple of leaves that broke off. i am devastated as it was growing so well and it's a family plant that has been passed down-- is this the best way to save the plant!?

9:38 PM  
Blogger Lizz said...

I have four (4) cats that I can't seem to keep away from my Jade plant. Is anything that I could spray on the plant that would keep my cats away from the plant. Thanks

5:03 PM  
Blogger AL said...

Hi

My name is AL and I live in the south of England. I have a one year old Jade which sits on my west facing kitchen window sill. I have been watering my plant every 7 days and until last week the plant looked very healthy. Now, some of the leaves are 'yellowing' and one has dropped off. I adore my Jade and I welcome any advice. I have held back from watering this week.

PS - good to know that I am not the only one that is very fond of Jade plants.


Regards from the UK - AL

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there,
I have had a jade for 9 months now. It has always been green and healthy looking, but it has not grown at all since I've had it. Recently I noticed that some of the leaves have been falling off and into the soil, where they appear to shrivel up and get a white moldy substance on them. I also noticed quite a few small flies on the plant when I shake the limbs. The plant still appears healthy so I really didn't notice anything wrong until I got curious as to why it wasn't getting bigger. What should I do? Thanks

7:27 PM  
Blogger Your Pal.......PeeJay said...

To the folks with the "Mold" issues:

My mother, who has been taking care of Jade Cacti longer than she haas been taking care of me, told me the powdery stuff is mealy worms. I noticed the "mold" and asked her about it (blight?). She told me to wipe down each and every infected leaf ,AND STEM, with rubbing alcohol.. and if the leaf is too far gone, take it off. Keep doing this until it improves.

11:18 PM  
Blogger bubbles974 said...

Hey everyone I have read everyones posts and has helped a lot...I have a jade plant that a dear friend gave to me a few months back it is enormous to my standards it is approx 4ft wide 2ft tall and has stems are about 1-2in thick...it has been growing great since I got it I have had to trim it back twice already...my question is on the thicker parts of the trunk there are no leaves it is bare...is there any way to get new branches to grow out on the empty spots? I am new to plant care since I started a year ago I have accuired about 30 plants and they all seem to be growing great...the jade just looks bare and I would like a fuller plant...any tips? I have not figured out how to upload photo's just yet either any tips there?

3:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I have a Jade plant that I am quite attached to. My sisters cat got into my room and broke it off at the soil line so it has lost all of its roots. Is there anything I can do to fix it?

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I HAVE A FRIEND THAT WANTS A START FROM MY JADE PLANT, HOW DO I DO THAT SO SHE CAN HAVE ONE?

7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Jade is dropping yellow leaves and a few small stems. I moved it outside for more light but it is still dropping leaves. . It may have started with overwatering but has been drier for a few weeks.I will give it some fertilizer.
Any suggestions???

4:44 PM  
Blogger Connie said...

Hi,
I am looking to repot my Jade. It is about 2 feet long but it droops badly over the side of the pot. Can I fix this when I repot? Don't want to break it.

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Peter said...

I have a Jade plant I recieved from a frien at work. I put it outside one day during the summer and some of the leaves look "sunburned". It happened to be a very hot day (95-100)and it was in direct sun for a number of hours. Is this from the sun?? Also, I have notices some tiny white bugs in the soil but I don't see any on the plant. Any suggustions on what to do??

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Tim from Trumbull said...

I have 4 jades growing in an African Violet pot which you fill with water and forget about it. We have had these plants for over 10 years and are reletivly healthy... no root rot and strong thick stems. What I noticed is that the branches are growing what looks like "air roots" on the outer 1/3 of the branch. Is this normal and are they air roots?

8:57 PM  
Blogger Joiri Minaya F. said...

I bought a jade plant a couple of weeks ago at a 99 cents store in NY. It was near to other plants and I noticed some of them were not very healthy. I'm now noticing under the plastic container my plant is, there is a whole thick web spider sort of thing, and a little worm, about 1 and a half centimeters long, kind of black/grey. I think he enters and exist te pot freely through the wholes because now I cant see him anymore. There is also some spiderweb like material in the base of the stems. My plant seems to be ok though, but I'm a little worried about that worm. Any idea of what that might be and if it might affect my plant? Another thing, I thought of repotting my plant because it is a little big for its original container I think, and I bought this Hyponex planting soil, it that ok? should I mix it with something?

3:27 PM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...

Joiri,

It may be a pest or just a millipede that lives in the dirt. The spider web part could be something different. Try spraying your Jade plant with a soapy dishwater mixture, twice a day for about a week. After a few days you should be able to tell if it's killing the pest.

You could also repot if you'd like with brand new soil. If it is a millipede then it shouldn't bother your plant at all, but the spider webbing makes me think otherwise.

Thanks,
drayas

9:18 AM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...

To all of my readers!!

I mentioned this earlier this year, but comments I'm receiving are not seeing it. I'm honored that my blog has gotten so popular, however I am having an extremely hard time answering all the comments. I will try my best to answer, but will not be able to get to everyone. I am a mother of two children under the age of 6 and work full time. I apologize for not being able to answer everyone. I truly wish I could. I am still here, and I do publish all the comments.

Thank you for reading and I enjoy all of you who love plants as much as I do. I just wish I could help more people out!

Thank you!
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9:19 AM  
Blogger kasume said...

Hello there. I bought a lovely Jade plant from my local nursery in London just over 2 months ago. I was told to water it TWICE A WEEK by the nursery attendant. Knowning nothing about plants, that's exactly what I did. All the while, I've been picking up after the plant, which has been shedding yellowing leaves by the handful (I pick the yellow leaves off about 3 times a week, and each time I find at least 4-5 dead ones, if not more). Finally, I went to the nursery and asked. The answer: "you're proably giving it too much water"! SHE was the one who told me to water it twice a week! And now I come here are read it's best to water only once every 1-2 weeks! I'm terrified that, after 10 weeks of overwatering, my Jade will ultimately die... is there hope of survival for a Jade that has been SYSTEMATICALLY overwatered for almost 3 whole months? I just checked the central stem and it seems relatively firm (no squishiness). Please help!

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Albert said...

Could you tell me what fertilizer to use? I have one jade 3.5' tall and 2' in dia. Also can i do some thing to make them bloom? I have had my jades for 7+ years.

Thank you much.......Albert

12:31 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

Hi, I live in the mountains of Central Mexico and was given a large (4'X4')healthy Jade that was living outdoors in a protected environment, benieth other large trees (little if any direct sunlight). I dug it up and potted it in a large pot and it did fine until I moved it to my outside (covered - very little direct sunlight) patio. The weather here is around 80 degrees during the day but down into the upper 40's at night. BUT, it gets a fair amount of dry wind during the day. I've noticed that other plants dry out rapidly on my patio as well.
The leaves seem to be wrinkeled and appear dry, but I water it every 2 weeks, and it does have good drainage. I also furtilize with Miricle Gro every 2 months.
Could the wind be doing this?

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an old jade plant which has not been repotted in many years. In the summer the leaves are fine but come winter many turn yellow , shrivel and fall off. In the winter the sun comes in the window whereas in the summer it is too high in the sky. I don't think I water it differently in the summer and winter???Any suggestions as to why this is happening?
THANKS

1:10 PM  
Blogger blueknobrules said...

Do you still give advice on Jades? I'm' having a problem with mine and could use some help! I have a white powdery substance on the leaves and underneath is a black spot - it usually leads to the leaf dying and falling off. How do I help it?

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of comments seem to be repeats, everyone should take a few minutes to scan from top to bottom thru this Q&A list, you made find the answer you are looking for without needing to overwhelm the host...just sayin'

8:24 PM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...

kasume,

Yes, I would have to say over watering is probably the problem. If the stem is not squishy your plant should come back, it will just take time. Cut your watering down to once every 1 1/2 to 2 weeks. Give it some time and it should come back.

Thanks,
drayas

9:11 PM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...

Albert,

I simply use Miracle Gro Houseplant food. Its a concentrate that you add a couple drops when watering. I typically give houseplant food once a month.

Thanks for reading,
drayas

9:12 PM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...

Jon,

I'm not too familiar with taking indoor houseplants outside as living in Wisconsin, it just doesn't work for a majority of the year. The wind may be drying the plants out. I would try watering them more often. Since the wind and outdoor elements are different than indoors, they simply may just need more water.

Please keep us posted.

Thanks,
drayas

9:14 PM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...

blueknobrules,

Your Jade plant may be infected with mealy bugs. A reader (Joshua) awhile back shared the following tip for getting rid of mealy bugs. I'd give this a try.
"All you have to do is inspect the plant each morning. If you see any powdery stuff, dip a Q-Tip in Rubbing Alcohol and clean the material off with the Q-Tip. If you keep an eye on the plant for two weeks or so, and eliminate all the bugs, it should clear up."

Please let us know if this solves your problem.

Thanks,
drayas

9:17 PM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...

Anonymous,

In the winter are you in a climate where you need to run a furnace like here in Wisconsin? The plant could lack humidity due to winter dryness. Or is it close to a vent or door? Jade's can be touchy with drafts.

With a little more info, I or my readers may be able to help you out more.

Thanks,
drayas

9:19 PM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...

TO ALL OF MY READERS!

As much as I would love to answer everyone's houseplant questions, this Blog's popularity is larger than I ever imagined. This really is a hobby blog. I work full time and have 2 young children. As much as I would like to answer everyone's questions, I'm just having trouble keeping up.

I will do my best, but if you don't get an answer, please don't think I'm purposely ignoring you or no longer keep up with the blog. I simply run out of time!

Thank you to all of my readers who help others out by answering questions. I truly appreciate all the visitors and love helping everyone with their houseplants.

Thank you!
drayas

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Natasha said...

Hello,
I just received a few jade leaves from a healthy plant. I've been reading that I should let the leaf callous at the cut end and leave the leaf on top of the soil until it starts growing roots. I just need to know if this is true? Also, I have some leaves in my office which has huge windows but no direct sunlight and it is too cold to put the plants by the windows. Any suggestions on how I can get these leaves to start growing into healthy jade plants?

11:14 AM  
Blogger FCAlive said...

Hey, I like jade plants too. I know how to make mine flower, check it out;
http://fcalive.blogspot.com/2009/02/how-to-grow-happy-jade-plant.html

10:18 PM  
Blogger akuila said...

Hello,i have a jade plant for 6months now and is grow very well.
But there is few day some of my jade leaves becames yellow..Do you think is because is cold -2c or maye the vase is small for it ?
Thank you .

4:27 AM  

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