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St. Paul, MN
Jun 7, 2020 5:06 AM CST
Hello! Every summer I move my 3 foot jade plant outside to my deck in an area with partial sun. I did this 5 days ago and today I noticed the Jade went from dark green plump leaves to thin flat leaves all over. They are turning light green and are dropping. 5 days! It has never behaved this way before. It usually loves going outside and looks amazing. Please help! He has been in our family for decades- cant lose him!
Nikki in St. Paul, MN

Jun 7, 2020 5:10 AM CST
It is experiencing shock. There's not much to do at this point, other than to let it shed, and tend to it as it bounces back. It could take a long time. This has happened to my Jades before too, and they look haggard for a while, but will bounce back and look beautiful again, and maybe even more interesting.

Plants are extremely sensitive to changes in environment, so keep that in mind when moving them.
Name: Will Creed
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Jun 7, 2020 8:48 AM CST
Welcome! The calendar may read the same as in past years, but temperatures, light, precipitation, and humidity can all vary from one year to the next. If you opt to move your plants outside, you have to be very mindful of all these potential variations that don't occur indoors.
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Jun 7, 2020 10:28 AM CST
Move the plant to bright shade or filtered light and avoid direct overhead sun. A position under an overhang would be ideal. This time of year the sun is near its annual maximum and the intensity is very high. Over the course of weeks you can gradually increase the exposure step by step from there.

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St. Paul, MN
Jun 7, 2020 10:48 AM CST
Wow! Thank you so much for the information and suggestions. Eventhough the conditions seemed the same as past years, the change obviously made this guy very upset this year. I even woke up in the middle of the night worrying about him. (As if there aren't several larger things happening in our world to lose sleep over!) Thanks to your help and wisdom, I'm looking forward to a sleeping better tonight knowing that he will probably pull through!
Nikki in St. Paul, MN

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