Is Your Jade Plant Thisty?

This time of the year it’s very easy to over-water house plants.

There is a lot less light in the winter,so most  plants including Jade Plants, will not be as actively photosynthesizing and won’t need as much water.

Over-watering has symptoms similar to under-watering.
When you give a plant too much water, it can cause the roots to become water logged and eventually die back. When the plant loses its roots, it can’t take up enough water, hence, the apparent symptom of not enough water. The well-meaning person taking care of the plant gives it even more water making the problem worse.

A Jade Plant  is able to store water in its fleshy leaves and stems. When it dries out to the point of needing water, the leaves become soft and flexible.

If you think your Jade plant needs water, gently squeeze a leaf or two.

Jade Plant

If it feel soft, it needs water. If it’s still firm, which in the horticulture trade is called turgid, no water is needed. The plant shown above needs no water, the leaf feels pretty firm.

Dry Jade Plant

This next plant’s leaves are soft and flexible, that means this plant needs water.

This squeeze-the-leaf  method works only on Jade Plants and other plants with similar fleshy leaves such as sedums and aloe.

Enjoy your indoor gardening!


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  4. My jade tree is under lights now in my basement and will live there until about May. I have been doing this for 3 o4 winters now.. THe problem is it always blooms AFTER I bring it in for the winter and since it is in the basement I really don’t get to appreciate the beautiful blooms! how can I get it to bloom next year in August, while it is outside?? And since it is under lights for 12 hours a day, should I keep watering it as I would in the summer?? Thanks BOB!

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  6. It appears that my jade tree needed water and I have watered it a few times… However it seems that it is slow to take the water up in it’s leaves. Is this normal? It is about 2 and 1/2 feet high. Is some dead leaves normal? I watered for the last time a few days ago and I am hesitant to water again because the days are still sunny but the nights are cool now and I will be taking it in soon and putting it under lights for the winter. When should I be bringing it in? I mean, at what temperatures? Thanks so much!

  7. Hi, Bob, very good info on Jade plants! I have one that a friend gave me 3 years ago. It appears to be thriving but I’m not sure if I need to repot it or not. Someone had told me only to water when the bottom leaves became soft or wrinkly, so that’s what I’ve been doing. I put the pot in the sink and add water several times over a few hours, letting the excess go down the drain. In the past, the soft leaves would plump up within a day or two. Recently, they don’t ever seem to go back to their old, plump, turgid state. The TOP leaves are fine! I pulled the plant out of the pot and it really doesn’t appear to be root bound. I see dry dirt, not a bunch of roots. Am I watering too much? Not often enough? Thanks!

  8. Hi James, Potting soil can, over time, become “hydrophobic”. So even if you water it several times from the top, much of that hydrophobic soil will not absorb water.Try submerging the entire jade plant pot in water until it is completely soaked. You will notice that it will then be considerably heavier because of all the absorbed water. Let it thoroughly drain. You can then resume your regular watering making sure it drains well after watering. Jade plants tend to do well if they are grown in smaller pots. So don’t be too concerned about it being pot bound. Best of luck to you. Bob

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  10. I watered my plants about 5 hours ago, and the leaves are still wrinkled. Did I water my plant enough or will the wrinkling go down later?

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