The Q&A Archives: Jade Plant

Question: I have a large Jade plant that I re-potted into a larger pot recently. I throughly watered it and put it in indirect light. However, it is doing very poorly. The leaves fall off when it's touched, and the branches/stems are wilting or falling over. What is wrong, and what can I do?

Answer: Your Jade Plant (Crassula argentea) is showing signs of stress from overwatering, and possibly from the use of cold tap water. The secrets of successfully growing a jade plant include all of the following tips. A jade plant thrives in average daytime household temperatures with nighttime temperatures about ten degrees lower. Keep the jade plant in a bright windowsill with some direct sunshine. Water your jade plant thoroughly when the soil begins to dry out, using tepid water, but water sparingly in winter (every 6-8 weeks). Jade plants like fresh air, so open the window whenever possible. The root systems on a jade plant are small compared to the size of the tops of the plants, so repot only when necessary and chose a shallow rather than deep pot. Don't feed a jade plant that isn't growing well. Instead, unpot the plant and inspect the roots. If they're brown, the jade plant is suffering from root rot and may not recover. If the roots are creamy white inside (snap one in half to check), then the jade plant should recover once you start following the above steps. Good luck with your jade plant!

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