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tlb
Dec 28, 2016 12:47 PM CST
First time post here...

My jade plant seems to have some sort of disease and I was hoping for help identifying it as I can't find anything online that appears to be what my plant has... based off my quick google searches anyway.

A couple weeks ago the whole plant started to look droopy and upon closer inspection I have found leaves dropping off faster than they should with a grey hue. The completely shriveled leaf (see photo) is also sloughing off flakes that look like sparkles, for lack of a better term.

I have attached a photo that shows the succession of leaf attrition. First brown callouses appear, become more prominent, the leaf grows weak at its point of attachment to the plant and then falls off looking very sickly.

I feel like I am watering too often, probably every 10 or so, so I will cut back on that but should I repot? Any other suggestions? Please advise!


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tarev
Dec 28, 2016 1:04 PM CST
Would like to know more if possible:
1) What media are you using to grow your jade.
2) Light position/orientation
3) Is the plant indoors or outdoors
4) A picture of the entire plant please
5) how long have you had this plant and in the container it is growing in

It would help to see the photo of the entire plant. Jades do drop their leaves as seasons transitions. If these are the older lower leaves in a branch, I would not be too worried, provided the rest of the branch and the stem/trunk is remaining firm.
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DaisyI
Dec 28, 2016 8:15 PM CST
In my mind, those leaves are from a plant that has been over-watered. Cactus and succulent plants can take up water quickly but don't have the ability to get rid of it quickly. Their waxy surface holds moisture in by design. That's why its so easy to over water them.

The leaves in your photos look like they are so engorged with water that the cells are literaly bursting. And then they rot.

The other thing that could cause the cells to burst is too much cold. Water expands as it gets colder.

Photos of the entire plant would help. If these are old leaves, I could be wrong.
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tlb
Dec 30, 2016 4:35 PM CST
tarev said:Would like to know more if possible:
1) What media are you using to grow your jade.
2) Light position/orientation
3) Is the plant indoors or outdoors
4) A picture of the entire plant please
5) how long have you had this plant and in the container it is growing in

It would help to see the photo of the entire plant. Jades do drop their leaves as seasons transitions. If these are the older lower leaves in a branch, I would not be too worried, provided the rest of the branch and the stem/trunk is remaining firm.




I received the jade as a gift two years ago so I don't know what it was planted it but it has been in this container since I have had it, not sure about prior to my ownership.

It is indoors, facing west and receives indirect light only.

This is the first time I have seen it this droopy but new growth is coming on and I think the room it is in was too cold before, maybe 50 degrees Fahrenheit, so I have turned that up a smidge.

I have attached two photos of the overall plant. I am going to cut back on watering to see if that helps also.

Thanks for your help!

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 30, 2016 7:04 PM CST
Thank you for the photos - they clarify many things. A chilly room and too little light probably equals too much water.

You really need to figure out how to get more light for your plant. The stems are stretching and very bright green. A jade receiving enough light is compact with medium green leaves with red edges.

Look at the photos at the bottom of this page:

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Weedwhacker
Dec 30, 2016 10:04 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @tlb !

Several years ago I had something similar happen to a jade tree that I've had for quite a long time (a testament to its hardiness); it lives in our sunroom and the thermostat for the heating system in that room went wacko, which first took the temp up pretty high, considering it was wintertime (80s? 90s?), and then when we discovered what was happening we disconnected the thermostat completely so the temp was way cooler than normal -- probably low 50s at best. I'm sure it was that temperature shock that caused a LOT of leaves to shrivel (and, as you said, look "sparkly") and drop. But the good news is that once things got fixed again the tree recovered without any problems. I hope yours will do so, as well! Smiling
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