How to Save Dying  Jade Plant?

Jade plants are known for their hardiness and ease of care. However, they can face problems that may cause them to deteriorate.

If your jade plant is dying, understanding the potential causes and solutions can help you nurse it back to health.

1. Symptoms:  If leaves are falling but they are healthy and fleshy, yellowing leaves, soft or mushy stems.

Cause: This is root rot  due to overwatering

Solution:  Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.  Ensure your pot has good drainage and use a well-draining soil mix.

2. Symptoms:  If leaves are falling but they are looking dry wrinkled or shrink leaves.

Cause: This is due to under-watering, they need water occasionally.

Solution:  Water your jade plant thoroughly, then let the soil dry out before watering again.

3. Symptoms:  Leggy growth, pale or yellow leaves but leaves are looking healthy.

Cause: This is due to insufficient light, they need direct sunlight to grow healthy.

Solution:  Place your jade plant in a spot where it gets at least four hours of direct sunlight per day.

4. Symptoms:  Plant is looking too weak, leggy, black leaves and leaves are dropping inspite of optimum watering.

This is due to temperature change, this plant goes in stress when temperature drops.

Solution:  Keep your jade plant in a place where temperatures remain between (18°C to 35°C).

5. Symptoms:  Plants growth is too slow, inspite of giving fertilizers, watering, sunlight etc, it is not growing.

Cause: This is due to pests like mealybugs, spider mites, and scale. Although this plant is not pest prone but occasionally these can hamper the growth.

Solution:  To prevent mealybug infestations, you can spray neem oil on the plant once a week.

6. Symptoms:  Leaves are dull, not shinny, color is fading. Growth is too slow.

Cause: This is due to nutrients deficiency. Poor soil or lack of fertilization can lead to nutrient deficiencies.

Solution:  Feed your jade plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength once a month during the growing season.

7. Symptoms:  Poor growth, black dots on leaves and leaves are dropping.

Cause: This is due to improper growing medium. Using the wrong type of soil can lead to drainage issues and root problems.

Solution:  Jade plant needs well drained soil as it is a succulent. Use a well-draining soil mix specifically designed for succulents.

Conclusion: By addressing issues like improper sunlight, overwatering, insufficient light, and pest infestations, you can help your jade plant recover and thrive. 

With proper care and attention, your jade plant will continue to be a resilient and attractive addition to your home.

Also check: How to Make Jade Plant Healthy