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!


62 Responses to “Is Your Jade Plant Thisty?”

  1. rdluzen says:

    Hi Madlyn, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, you caught me on vacation. You are on the right track with your idea about pulling the roots apart to separate them into two. Before resorting to breaking the pots, get someone to help you turn the pots upside down. Then gently tap the rim of the pot on the edge of a table. That often loosens the roots so the plant slides out of the pot. Make sure you or your helper catches the plant if happens to come loose. I would also add, after you get the plants separated, let them dry for a day or two before you replant them.
    For your aloes, follow the directions in the blog post.
    Best of luck too you.Bob

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  6. Elaine Cury says:

    OK Bob, I have a picture of my jade plant… you have to go to my Facebook page.. I didn’t see how to share it with you…
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  8. Elaine says:

    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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  10. Elaine says:

    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!

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