Jade Plant

irishmus54January 29, 2012

Just wondering why the leaves on the plant are all shrivelling up, to much water or not enough? Thanks Aloha

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Either condition impairs water movement to leaves & thus a drought response. If your soil is continually moist, you can rule out under-watering. also possible is a high level of soluble salts in the soil, did you fertilize recently

How long since the last repot? since you last fertilized? with what and at what strength? When you water, do you water so at least 10-20% of the total volume applied exits the drain hole? There is a drain hole?


    Bookmark   January 29, 2012 at 10:25PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Yes, wilting of jade can be caused by a number of things, as Al has pointed out. I think that many people tend to be too cautious when it comes to watering their succulent plants and administer little sips for fear of causing problems. It's important that the whole soil volume gets a good soaking on watering day.

I emphasize this because, in my experience with people worried about their wilting jade (or other succulents), the problem is very often caused by those little sips that allow dry sections to form within the soil mass.

Read Al's post carefully and you can be your own detective. Let us know what you think.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2012 at 12:03AM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Thanks, Dori. Great point about watering succulents. Most growers also erroneously believe that because succulents are well-adapted to 'tolerate' drought conditions, that they should be left to go dry between waterings. Ideally, we would water our succulents just before drought stress sets in, which means there would still be some moisture in the soil.


    Bookmark   January 30, 2012 at 2:25AM
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In my experience, I can tell you that wrinkeling leaves is almost always connected to not enough moisture, whether you are watering in sips, not watering often enough and thoroughly, or they could be dehydrating in a wet mix that has rotted the roots.

Dori and Al have given you much to go on and teh salt issue could be a great possibility if your mix is not porous enough to allow excellent drainge. Watering in sips could also increase salt issues.

Can you determine which one and get back to us?


    Bookmark   January 30, 2012 at 2:26PM
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