Houseplants forum: Help! Can I save this droopy jade?

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Mar 11, 2017 10:57 AM CST
I've had this jade for several years and this is the first time it's droopy and has some white spots. Is it over watered? Not watered enough? Too heavy? Is it dying? Can I save it? Thanks in advance for your help!

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Name: Will Creed
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Mar 12, 2017 3:10 PM CST
Your Jade is fine and shows no signs of watering problems. The tiny white spots are normal - mineral deposits through the pores on the leaves.

The new growth leaves are relatively small and that means it is getting less than optimum light. In reduced light, the stems are thinner and tend to bend under the weight of the heavy leaves and that seems to be happening with yours. I suggest keeping it close to a sunny window. You also should start thinking about pruning it back periodically to keep it from becoming leggy.

Avoid repotting, changing your watering routine or fertilizing.
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Mar 13, 2017 8:42 AM CST
Hi & welcome!

If watering on a schedule and the environment fluctuates in temp/humidity/air movement, &/or your plant grows, its' moisture use will change. Picking up the pot should let you know if it feels more lightweight or not.

Agree about the white spots, normal, and that it looks like it's been in lower light, which is the cause of plants becoming leggy, IE etiolated, with excess distance between leaves. If kept in sufficient light, pruning should be unnecessary except in regard to overall shape, and if you want to take cuttings to start more plants, because the stems will stay stiffly upright. Jades can get at least several feet tall.

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Mar 14, 2017 10:31 AM CST
Hello ShetalShah, it just needs more light. It is trying to follow the light, so it looks drooping.

I would consider giving each stem now its own container, this plant can easily grow big and branch out with proper light. It can easily become a wonderful specimen size each, seeing some of the stems have started to branch out already.

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