Ask a Question forum: Help! My Jade tree is droopy

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Name: Liz
Nov 28, 2017 7:46 AM CST
Hi there.
I have had my jade tree for about 3-4 months, and have only been using a spray bottle to spray the leaves to water it. Up until now it has been doing great, but after I sprayed it down about 7 days ago, it has gotten droopy! I don't think I over watered it, I'm more worried about under watering it- but I'm too afraid to water it again without being sure!
This is my first jade tree and I really want to save it. I had it in relatively low light but moved it to high light (doesn't seem to have made any improvement) when I noticed it getting droopy. The window it's in now is East facing.
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Name: Baja
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Nov 28, 2017 10:16 AM CST
Water the soil, not the plant. The leaves of this plant and most succulents are waxy and relatively impermeable to water because they need to conserve it in nature, so there is no benefit to watering by spraying the leaves. Try to get the soil properly moist and then give it time to dry out afterwards at depth before watering again. This cycle of wet and dry soil is what jades and most succulents need to thrive.

And provide as much light as possible indoors, right by your sunniest window, so that the plant "sees" the sun for hours a day. Less than that and it will start to grow weak, droopy growth and eventually start dropping branches. You can prune at any time and the plant will recover just fine, but for the best health of your jade try to aim for lots of light. It is impossible to provide too much light indoors.

You can tell whether you are providing enough light by watching the internodes (distance between successive leaves along the stem) on new growth. When the internodes are long, your plant is not getting enough light and will grow weak. When they are short (often accompanied by a reddish tinge to the edges of the leaves) it is growing compact and strong. This is much more an issue this time of year due to the sun being lower in the sky, more likely to be blocked by objects outside, and the days being shorter overall.

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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Nov 28, 2017 12:39 PM CST
I agree with Baja. The soil looks very dry. The leaves are starting to look desiccated, meaning they need water. Up until now, it's been surviving on stored water.

As stated, give it as much sun as possible and a good drink.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Nov 28, 2017 6:28 PM CST
I approve also. 👍
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