Houseplants forum: Help with Weeping Jade (Senecio jacobsenii)

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Sep 23, 2017 2:27 PM CST
My weeping jade used to be so happy, but the past 2 years it has looked a little bit sad. The leaves turn yellow and sometimes wither. Not much growth this summer. See the photos for details. I have the plant in a sunroom (no windows on the ceiling, but the south wall is a 1 big window and the larger west-facing side is all windows. No windows on the north side). Lots of bright indirect light all year round, but I live in the PNW, so there are lots of clouds and not much light in the winter. Some direct light when the sun is shining through the windows. Temps get up to 90 degrees in the summer (but good ventilation with breezes blowing through), down to 40s in the winter. I use a soil moisture monitor and water whenever the plant is totally dry.

Any advice?
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Name: Gene Staver
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Sep 23, 2017 3:15 PM CST
Again, I'll say it needs more light. Gene
Name: Will Creed
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Sep 24, 2017 1:12 PM CST
The light is fine. The leaf yellowing is a result primarily of improper watering. Because you are using a moisture meter there is no way to tell if you are over or under watering. With this plant it is best to err on the side of underwatering, allowing the soil to dry about halfway deep into the pot. Use your finger or a wooden stick to make that determination.

The other problem is that you haven't regularly pruned back the stems. The leaves on this plant are heavy and can pull down heavily on the roots if not shortened periodically. I suggest you prune back all of the stems that are leggy and have lost many of the leaves. New leaf growth will emerge on the stem where you make the pruning cut.
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Sep 24, 2017 9:12 PM CST
Emilytess ~ I have this plant and periodically take cuttings and repot. I find new starts always look so much better. You said yours has been potted for 2 or more years? It probably would do to give it fresh soil and start new cuttings.

My greenhouse winter temps are similar to your winter temperature and this plant takes it well. Summer warmth requires a fair amount of moisture but I will say do not water as much in winter.

I do think I would keep it a bit more hydrated than going by the moisture meter though. Staying too dry is causing the leaf drop.

This is one of my favorite plants. I wish you luck with yours. Crossing Fingers!
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Sep 25, 2017 11:14 AM CST
Hello emilytess, I grow this plant outdoors in part sun/part shade. I find that it hates our long dry heat conditions, but such is the limitation of my growing location. So it does seem to be less actively growing at that time especially when our temps goes into 90F into triple digits. What I do is to water the media thoroughly early in the day once a week. I can do that here since it is outdoors and there are lots of factors to dry it out. Do expect too that the leaves nearer the base are the older ones, so it is natural for this plant to drop them eventually. The newer growth is often at the tips. But it can still send a new vine from the base or do branching anywhere along the vine when conditions are right for it.

It enjoys my growing area when it is getting into the cooler season. Right now being Fall it is happy, new growth is coming about.

Just do some maintenance clean up on your plant, like removing all those dead leaves. It may or may not grow new leaves from those nodes, but sometimes they do. Try to make your media grittier, this plant hates being too damp moist at the base.

You are in PNW area so it rains more on your side, it is good your plant has a safe dry area to grow in, just do not make it too dry, adjust watering as seasons change and make your media grittier to protect the base of your plant.

Here is how mine looks like:
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This part of the vine, it has dropped dried out leaves, did some branching at the node and at the base of the plant, you can see it has started a new vine, so it is now actively growing.
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Sep 25, 2017 1:54 PM CST
Here's the link to our database with information for Trailing Jade (Kleinia petraea) (Synonym Senecio jacobsenii)
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