The Q&A Archives: Watering Jade Plant

Question: I have a huge jade plant (more like a tree, it's about 4 feet tall) in my bay window which the previous owners of my new home left me. How often do I water it? The leaves are starting to shrivel up and they don't look as healthy and plump as a succulent should look. Am I overwatering or underwatering? I water about twice a month or when I notice it starting to dry up.

Answer: Although they don't look like it, jade plants appreciate regular watering, about once a week as a rule of thumb. Be careful when you water that the water is not running out between the soil and the side of the pot, a situation which can develop when a plant has been allowed to dry out. You might also take a very careful look and make sure there are no pest problems, but I suspect it simply needs more water.

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