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Reedel
Jun 3, 2020 8:49 AM CST
My Jade plant is around 25 years old. A couple of months ago I've notice that the leaves in the middle of brunches started to become wrinkled. The plant was not dry or overwatered. A month ago new healthy leaves started to appear but the plant still looks very unhappy. I fed it and it is in my conservatory so it has plenty but not direct sun. But it still has too much light?
What is wrong! I really don't want to loose this beautiful plant. Please help
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 3, 2020 3:20 PM CST
Welcome!

Wrinkly leaves means the roots have become compromised so water is not being absorbed and sent to the leaves. It can be caused by over or under watering but, usually in a Jade, over watering leads to rot. Under watering leads to wilt.

How long since you re-potted? When you water, does the soil feel wet (you will have to work your finger down in there to check)? What does the soil look like? Eventually old worn out soil, build up of fertilizer salts and old roots make a re-pot necessary. It may be time.

Jades are full sun plants.

BTW, Fertilizer is not medicine. It only makes things worse, never better.

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Norfolk
Reedel
Jun 4, 2020 7:35 AM CST
First of all thank you very much for the reply. I really appreciate it

We reported the plant a couple of years ago. The plant it huge and heavy that it's quite difficult to report it.
When I water it I can feel that the soil is wet. It can feel wet for 1-2 days. The soil is rather solid. We made few more holes in the pot for extra drainage.
Do you think spraying the plant will help wrinkled leavers to recover?
Will the direct sun light be OK? It is in direct sun light at the moment but I just covered the windows with very thin polythene to protect the plant from burn

Thank you for all your suggestions
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 4, 2020 10:03 AM CST
After watering, the soil should remain at least slightly damp for a week or more. I wonder if you are watering too lightly, too often. Jades absorb very little water through their leaves and depend on the soil and roots for water.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 4, 2020 10:47 AM CST
After you water, does the plant perk up a wee bit? Are you watering until water flows out the bottom of the pot? Can you check the soil deeper into the pot where the roots are? How deep is the pot? How long ago did the plant start wilting? How do you determine when to water?

The Jade will have to be transitioned to more sunlight slowly, over the course of a couple weeks. Otherwise, it will be sunburned. The light levels are right when the leaf edges turn red.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
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Norfolk
Reedel
Jun 6, 2020 8:38 AM CST
The pot is 27cm high. Yes, I water till it goes at the bottom through the holes
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The plant is in sunny place but protected from direct sun

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Reedel
Jun 6, 2020 8:43 AM CST
Today I've noticed redish leaves on the plant and also a couple of new healthy branches!!
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Will the plant benefit if I spray it with MiracleGrow spray?
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Thank you
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 6, 2020 5:00 PM CST
After you water all of the soil should be completely saturated. Make sure the water is not running around the outside of the rootball and out the drain holes before the soil is saturated.

Fertilizer will not help.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at [email protected]
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Norfolk
Reedel
Jun 7, 2020 4:06 AM CST
Thank You!

mistamcg
Jun 7, 2020 5:14 AM CST
My guess is that the root system is choking itself. The size of the pot, compared to the size of the plant, and how many years it's been since that last repot, tells me there must be very little healthy soil left in there, and therefore not much ability to properly absorb water. Needs a repot!

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