Houseplants forum: Jade Plant - Leaves curling

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LME79
Feb 7, 2018 6:38 PM CST
Hello - What's wrong with my Jade plant and how can I fix it? Leaves are curling... and pointing down... See pics...

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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Feb 7, 2018 6:49 PM CST
The new growth is not only curving downward but it is also very small. That means that recently (since those leaves first started to emerge) your Jade has not received as much light as it did before. I would pinch off those small leaves and then move the plant to a higher light location. New leaves should then come in more to your liking.
Will Creed
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Boston, MA
LME79
Feb 7, 2018 6:57 PM CST
Thanks much for your reply!! But it seems that its not only the new growth. There are some large leaves at the bottom that also curled. Should I take those as well? If so I will be taking off like 80% of the leaves...
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Feb 7, 2018 7:44 PM CST
I think the angle of the leaves is just their orienting themselves to maximize the light they receive. It is the smaller size of the new leaves that is the best indicator of recent reduction in the light. No reason to remove the older, larger leaves.

What is your watering routine?
Will Creed
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Boston, MA
LME79
Feb 7, 2018 7:58 PM CST
Someone just gave me the plant.. so i have no routine yet.... first thing i am doing is repoting it and add fresh cactus potting soil... what it has now looks pretty bad...
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WillC
Feb 7, 2018 8:15 PM CST
The soil is fine. Unless you are experienced with plants, I would advise against your trying to repot it. A lot can go wrong if repotting is done incorrectly.

Water it thoroughly as soon as the top half-inch is dry. Improve the light and it will be fine.
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Baja_Costero
Feb 8, 2018 5:16 PM CST
The key with repotting is to avoid watering immediately afterward. Wait a few days to a week to water and it's usually not a big deal. But now is not the time... wait until spring when the situation is brighter and warmer before you contemplate that option.

One thing I would like to note, as an aside from the health issues, is that your plant as it sits is actually 8 plants all crammed together in a pot that any one of them can fill in a year or two. So by all means keep the arrangement as is, and you may be pleased with the results, but my bias would be to separate the stems while you can, and grow one of them bigger and stronger (plus having extra plants allows you to experiment with how you care for them).

To repeat what Will has already said, the plant needs more light. As much as possible. You cannot provide too much light indoors this time of year. Ideally find a spot right next to your sunniest south-facing window. If the plant can "see" the sun for hours a day, it's got enough light. Otherwise it will continue making stretched growth. Winter can be a difficult time for these plants as houseplants, with the low light and the short days. So you have to compensate by taking best advantage of the natural light you have available.
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