The Q&A Archives: Jade Plant

Question: My jade plant is droopy, and I don't know why. I've done everything from changing the location in regards to lighting thinking maybe it is getting sunlight horizontally rather than light to grow UP to. Should I maybe change the soil or be feedingit? I admit I am not the best with plants but I really want to save this one.

Answer: I rescued a jade plant from a friend about a year ago suffering the same symptoms. In our case, I started out with repotting it. She had it in the same soil for about 5 years and I thought some fresh nutrient addition would help (it did). At the time I wasn't sure what was wrong with it. After talking with her we figured out it was probably her watering practices. Jade is a succulent, and succulents retain a lot of water within the plant (hence her chubby leaves). Your jade plant will be happiest if it's almost completely dried out before you water it again. On the flip side, you don't want to let her go too dry for too long either. Just feel the soil every day or so, if it is dry and crumbly she is ready for water. Yes, the jade plant shouldbe fertilized but hold off for now. As a rule of thumb, houseplants need to be fertilized every two weeks between March and September. During the winter months no fertilizer is needed due to reduced light and temperature resulting in reduced growth. Fertilizing during the winter months can actually harm the plant. Jade plants do best in bright, indirect light.

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