Jade Plant losing new leaves

linda5050January 12, 2012

I purchased a jade bonsai from a reputable dealer. The plant is dropping healthy leaves--not brown or mushy. I thought I might be watering it too much, so cut back to once a week or so. The drop off rate has increased. Could it be a lack of light or shock from the change in environment? Help, I paid a lot for it!

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Can you post a pic?

Lack of light will cause leaf-drop, yes, but so will overwatering.
You say you're watering once a week now....but how often were you watering before???
Unless the plant is very large, or the container very small, once a week in the Winter
is most likely too much.

Is it actually a Jade plant (Crassula ovata) would be my next question.
Portulacaria afra are commonly sold as "Jade" or "Mini Jade" bonsai,
and they are even more prone to winter leaf-drop than actual Jades.

More info needed.


    Bookmark   January 12, 2012 at 2:19PM
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Aside from Josh's questions...

When did you get the Jade?

How much light was it getting before you brought it home and now?

I'm certain you read Jades are succulents, so soil needs to dry between waterings..
This is true. However, since your Jade is potted in a Bonsai pot, soil dries much quicker. Therefore, your soil 'may' need more water.

Testing soil in a bonsai container is simple enough to determine whether the soil needs a drink or not.

Of course, it depends on size of pot, plant/roots, room temp, etc.

A picture would help..and size of pot, too. Toni

    Bookmark   January 12, 2012 at 2:52PM
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Just like Linda, I just purchased, 2 months ago, a Mini Jade and am dropping healthy leaves. I leave my in indirect sunlight, let dry between feedings/watering as told in my directions. Like Linda, paid $49.00 for my little Jade. Please advise

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 11:52AM
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stonesriver(6B Tennessee)

Have either of you contacted your seller for advice? That would be my first step.

They know the care/conditions in which the plants were raised.


    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 5:14PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

No answer to my questions, I see.
Well, Slstacy, are you sure it's actually a Jade plant? Portulacaria afra drop leaves far
more frequently than Jade plants - and "Mini Jade" more often refers to Port. afras than
to compact Jades.

Regardless, these are high light plants...increase the light substantially,
gradually if they've been in the shade.

Linda, did you ever find a bushy pot full of Jade?


    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 1:20PM
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stonesriver(6B Tennessee)

Hi, Josh:

Alas, no. :-(


    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 5:30PM
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