What’s wrong with my Jade Plant?

Jades are beautiful succulents which grow very easily and brighten up the place with their illuminant green leaves. This plant attracts all the plant parents due to its representation of a mini tree which makes it stand out. But if you are reading about the reasons why your jade plant is dying, you are most probably at home, thinking about your jade and things which could have gone wrong with it. Well, being a fairly common, easy to grow house plant, jade still encounters many problems which can lead to its poor health. Let us have look at these problems.

This phenomenon is also known as limping where the leaves of plant start to shed themselves. If you have moved your jade to a different location and this problem is occurring, there’s probably nothing to worry about as in a few days the plant will adjust to its new environment and start growing. If that is not the case, then one of the major reasons for this problem is – Overwatering!

Jades are succulents which tend to retain water, so overwatering specially in winters or during high humid days can lead to such kind of issues. When such a situation prevails (weather wise), avoid watering until the top most layer of soil appears dry and adapt to spraying or misting.

The other reasons might involve insects, pests, diseases or insufficient light.

Changing colour of leaves

The leaves of your jade may start to change colour. They may turn brown, reddish or yellow and this phenomenon takes place gradually. So if you can spot this in early phases, you might be able to reverse it. This might happen due to deficiency of certain nutrients or due to infestation of diseases and pests.

Root rot

Overwatering might lead to development of root rot. It is a deadly problem which occurs almost in all house plants. It is a fungal disease and once it crosses a certain stage, there is no turning back. Typical symptoms including drooping, falling leaves, yellowing of leaves etc. If you pull out the plant, you will notice that the roots have turned brown instead of milky white. This is a typical sign of root rot. You can sterilize the roots with antifungal solution and repot with fresh soil to save the plant. Next time you encounter such a situation, try and remedy it or better avoid it. As the old saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure!”.

Written by
Antra Thada

Published by Reema

Entrepreneur | Author of 2 Ebooks | Gardener

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