Pests and Diseases forum: Extremely ill House Jade Plant

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Dec 12, 2016 5:54 AM CST
A cousin gifted me an old jade plant of her late fathers this summer and its slowly been dying and i have no idea why. Its the first plant i have ever kept that isnt a cactus (about all i can be trusted with it seems) and its in a very poorly state. Ive only just had the idea after all this time of posting online for some advice.

The other jade plant i was given has been doing fine sat on the windowsill all this time but the poorly (at deaths door more like) one has been sat in a windowless kitchen (probably not the best place). I have uploaded some photos, the first one is how healthy it was 6 months ago the other two very recent. I've removed a lot of the dead plant but most of the leaves had crystalised for some reason (you can see this on one leaf in the photos), hopefully thats a good diagnostic sign.

Would really appreciate any help as i feel terrible about it dying.


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Name: Sue
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Dec 12, 2016 6:16 AM CST
Welcome! Gord. There may be other things going on (like the amout of water - too little or too much - although there doesn't seem anything obvious in the picture), but the first thing I noticed in your post was that the plant is in a windowless kitchen. Plants can't survive without light, it's how they make their food (by photosynthesis) so without light they starve. Unless you are providing artificial light in the right wavelengths, duration and brightness for photosynthesis a plant can't survive in that situation. I'm not sure if it can be saved at this point but I guess it still has a couple of leaves so you could try putting it on a windowsill.

Dec 13, 2016 10:44 AM CST
Cant believe i was stupid enough to put it so far away from the light tbh. Ive propped what leaves are left up on a little stick ad have my finger crossed. Thanks for the help.

Dec 15, 2016 11:23 AM CST
Don't water it too much, keep it in a stable temperature room x

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