How to Prevent the Falling of Jade Leaves?
- Author: Anushka Published: 29th August, 2022
Crassula Ovata, or Jade plant, is a popular succulent houseplant that features fleshy branches and shiny, round leaves. It is a beautiful, low-maintenance plant that is also associated with good luck and spreading positive energy in your surroundings. Though Jade plants are pretty easy-going, resilient and can endure stress to certain levels, they face certain issues; primarily, the falling of their leaves. Luckily, the issue can be resolved easily. Let’s get into the reasons why its leaves may fall off and the ways to prevent them.
Too much water is the topmost reason behind the falling of Jade leaves. Since it belongs to the family of succulents, it can store water for a longer period. And overwatering can result in root rot and eventually, falling of the leaves over. Therefore, choose a planter or container with proper drainage holes and never leave it standing in water.
The leaf dropping of Jade leaves could also be because of underwatering. Underwatering can turn the leaves of your jade plant red. To avoid this, the thumb rule is to wait for the soil to completely dry out before adding water anymore. And when you water, it give it a thorough soaking until you see water coming out of the drainage holes.
When a Jade plant doesn't receive enough bright light, it becomes susceptible to damage. You will find it becoming leggy and stretched out. This is a sign that it is looking for a source of light. Hence, keep your Jade in a space that receives ample, bright light. More so, if you live particularly in a cold area, you can take advantage of artificial light as well.
Jade plants perform best at temperatures between 55 °F and 75 °F (13 and 24 °C). Sadly, outside this range or even at the slightest temperature change, the plant won’t grow well. Henceforth, it is important to maintain a comfortable temperature range.
This plant is quite sensitive to pests such as mealybugs and scale insects that turn its leaves sticky and encourage the growth of moulds. This also results in deformed leaves and falling leaves. You can treat this problem by dabbing pests with a paintbrush or cotton swab ball dipped in rubbing alcohol. Avoid using insecticidal sprays and soaps for they can damage your plant to the extent it is non-recoverable.
Sometimes falling off of your Jade plant’s leaves can be good too. As your plant ages, there are chances that the leaves won’t be as healthy and will eventually, fall off. However, this will also provide space for new leaves to grow. Just make sure not all the leaves are falling off or turning yellow.