Houseplants forum: Crassula Magical tree losing leafs

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Memmil
Sep 9, 2016 10:34 AM CST
Hey! I found these forums in search of an answer to my little problem. I got this little Crassula Magical Tree about a month ago and now I've noticed it's dropping some of its leafs.

I've been watering it every week since I bought it. Is it too much? I read that it should survive long periods with no water at all. It is placed close to window with pretty good light.

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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Sep 9, 2016 10:42 AM CST
Welcome!

It is completely normal for these plants to lose their lower leaves as they are growing. If the stems become bare all the way to the end, that's another issue. It sounds like you are giving good care. These plants can endure long periods without water when they are in the ground (I have a couple that I do not water at all and they endure 4-7 months of summer drought each year). When they are in pots they enjoy a little more attention.

If the plant is in a sunny windowsill and receives hours of daily sun (not bounced off the walls but hitting the plant through the window) then it's getting enough light. This is key during the winter when the light goes down and the sun is lower in the sky (assuming you are in the northern hemisphere). If you can take a picture of the whole plant and the pot, we might be able to offer feedback on how good the fit is.
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tarev
Sep 9, 2016 12:54 PM CST
Hello Memmil, what soil media do you have it in? I see some fiber strands, what else is in there?

Typically as Baja mentioned, it is normal for the lower leaves to drop. In your case, the leaves seems very green then drops, it maybe getting too overwatered I think. But do adjust your watering regimen, every week is rather too frequent especially if you are growing it indoors. I leave mine in a container outdoors and I really give good intervals in watering.

Feel the stem and branches, it should remain firm. If you can, you can carefully inspect the root section, invert the pot and gently pull out the plant to see condition of the roots.

I do not know what your location is and your general temperature range there. Usually crassulas go slow in growth when it gets too warm, then start perking up again when temps are cooler.

You can also try and replant those leaves, lay it on top of soil. If it is still okay, it should still grow roots and begin a new plant. Smiling
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gitagal
Sep 9, 2016 3:10 PM CST
I agree with Tarev---I think you are over watering your Crassula.

Succulents indoors can go with once a month watering.
Try it--you will be amazed how well they do on the dry side.

Gita

Memmil
Sep 10, 2016 2:36 AM CST
Yeah that could be the case. Dropping leafs are green and soft.

This Morning another leaf had fallen down. Not a lower leaf. Do you think it gets enought light down there? It's a cloudy morning, but I think it would be better to get it higher. Soil has some "wood chipesque" bits in it as I got it from the store.

I live in Finland and now it's about 17 celcius outside.

I'll try watering it every two or three weeks. Thank You!

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WillC
Sep 10, 2016 9:33 AM CST
Given your northern latitude in Finland, providing enough light for your Jade will be your biggest challenge, particularly now that the days are getting much shorter. Do everything you can to maximize the light. It must be right in front of and close to the sunniest window you have.
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tarev
Sep 10, 2016 9:29 PM CST
HI Memmil, I typically do not use any fibrous or wood chips on my succulent media,. Got to keep it much more well draining. I would either add more perlite or pumice. I also agree with Will, you may have to move it closer to the window or maybe supplement with grow lights.

17C temps is okay with it. I have mine staying outdoors even at 0C overnight, as long as you keep it dry, but our temps do rise during daytime between 10C to 12C during winter. But if you get snow, then definitely bring it in, and augment with grow lights if your sunlight is too short as well.

Memmil
Sep 14, 2016 8:26 AM CST
Okay! See what happened now when I tried the leaves and stem. I havent't watered it for about two weeks now. Leaves are all a bit soft.

As tarev pointed out, maybe it's the wrong kind of soil I have there. I checked out the soil more thoroughly and it a bit moist in the center.

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