Limp Jade Plant: Help When A Jade Plant Is Drooping
By: Jackie Carroll
The tree-like structure of a jade plant sets it apart from other succulents. With proper care, jade plants can grow to a height of 2 feet or .6 meters. They are among the easiest houseplants to care for, but if you have limp jade plant leaves, it’s time to take a close look at how you water the plant.
Why Has My Jade Gone Limp?
When the foliage on a jade plant is drooping or you appear to have a dying jade plant, the usual cause is improper watering. In spring, summer and fall, keep the soil lightly moist. The plant takes a rest break in winter and needs less water.
Overwatering in winter is the most common reason for a dying jade plant. This is because the roots begin to rot when you give them more moisture than they can absorb.
How to Avoid a Limp Jade Plant
In winter, try watering your jade plant by spraying it with a generous amount of water from a spray bottle or by drizzling water from a squirt bottle such as those used for dishwashing liquid. Make sure you clean and thoroughly rinse the containers before using them to water your jade plant. Spraying the plant also helps prevent spider mites, which are common problems with jade plants.
You’ll know if your jade plant isn’t getting enough water because the leaves will shrivel, but they quickly rehydrate when you water the plant. The best way to rehydrate the plant in winter is by watering it lightly two or three times rather than flooding the pot with water.
In spring, summer and fall when the plant needs more moisture, water the plant by soaking the soil thoroughly. Allow the excess moisture to drain through the holes in the bottom of the pot and then empty the saucer. Never leave the plant sitting in a saucer of water.
You should also allow the top inch or two (2.5 to 5 cm.) of soil to dry out before watering it again. Watch for shriveling and dropping leaves, which indicate that the plant isn’t getting enough water, and limp leaves, which indicate that it is getting too much. Insect and disease problems with jade plants often gain a foothold when the plant is stressed by improper watering.
Many people believe that jade plants and other succulents can withstand long periods of drought, living off the moisture stored in their thick, fleshy leaves. While many succulents need less water than other plants, allowing them to dry out results in discolored or shriveled leaves that drop from the plant. Regular watering at the appropriate times is essential to keep them attractive and healthy.
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How to Cure Root Rot in a Jade
A well-cared-for jade plant (Crassula ovata, often called Crassula argentea or Crassula portulacea) is a work of art and can live for decades. This succulent plant is native to South Africa, but is grown worldwide as a houseplant in temperate climates and outdoors in the frost-free areas of USDA plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. Indoors or out, they are easy to grow if they have well-drained soil, sufficient light and are allowed to dry out between waterings. Root rot, caused by fungi and bacteria, develops if the soil is heavy or the plant is overwatered or in a container that's too large.
How to know if jade plant is dying?
Before you can save a dying jade plant, you first need to know if, in fact, your jade plant is actually dying! So, there are a number of signs and symptoms you will begin to notice if you do have a crassula ovata plant that is in need of a revival. Common signs of a dying jade plant are:
Jade plant leaves dropping
Sometimes you will notice a jade plant dropping leaves . This can at times be normal. For example, if you move a jade plant from outdoors to indoors and there is a sudden temperature change, it will begin to drop its leaves. Once the succulent plant has adjusted to its new temperature, the dropping of leaves should stop.
However, if your jade plant branches are falling off frequently then it may be a cause for concern and could mean you have a dying jade plant that is in need of a revival. Leaves falling off jade plants could be down to a number of different reasons such as overwatering, underwatering, temperature change, insufficient lighting, or even pests!
Jade plant leaves turning brown
Another sign that may have made you wonder ‘why is my jade plant dying?’ is because the leaves are turning brown or yellow. A jade plant’s leaves changing color won’t happen overnight. It will happen gradually over time and could mean your jade plant is dying.
Usually, jade plant leaves turning yellow or brown is due to general neglect. Over time, older adult leaves will naturally turn slightly yellow. This is fine and all part of the aging process. However, if the younger leaves are turning a browny, yellow color, then this is when you should begin wondering what has gone wrong.
Jade plant wilting
The last common sign of a dying jade plant will be a wilting, limp and droopy jade plant. When a crassula ovata plant becomes wilted, the leaves will have a shriveled appearance and this will be very noticeable.
Often, this is accompanied by soggy leaves and it can be down to a number of reasons such as inadequate sunlight, over-fertilizing, overwatering, and exposure to freezing temperatures.
If you do have one of the above signs of a dying jade plant, then you don’t need to panic. The next stage is to figure out WHY you have a dying jade plant (which I will move on to next). It is not impossible to save a dying jade plant and I am certain we can bring your succulent back to life with the appropriate TLC!
Q. Jade plant
I have had a beautiful Jade plant for two years and suddenly all the leaves are falling off and the stems are leaning over. I desperately need help. The plant was in my bathroom with a sky light and I would water it when the soil was dry. I recently took it outdoors and gave it a full watering and now it's dying. Please help. Should I try repotting it with new soil?
Overwatering is a very common problem with jade plants as they are very sensitive to excessive water. Repotting in a medium intended for succulents may help.
This article will also help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/jade-plant/limp-jade-plant-help.htm
A third symptom is root rot. This is not the most obvious symptom because root rot manifests under the soil. You need to remove the plant from the pot, shake off the soil, and examine its root system more closely to see if your jade plant is suffering from root rot.
However, if you have been seeing a general yellowing of the leaves or a breaking off and weakening of leaves and branches, then it is high time to also check your jade plant’s roots to see if it is experiencing a rotting of roots (not all, but some).
Jade plants make for wonderful houseplants and very rarely suffer problems. If the leaves start wilting, withering or dropping off excessively, it’s a sure sign that your plant needs a bit of extra attention.
Ensure that you have created a prime living environment for your plant and your Jade should perk up and start flourishing once more.
For more information on how to grow wonderful succulents like Jade plants indoors, read my guide to indoor succulent care.
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