Q:

Why is my jade plant losing leaves?

A:

According to the Chicago Tribune, jade plants may lose leaves unseasonably because of a lack of nitrogen in the soil, from not getting enough sunlight or from being too wet or dry. Jade plants also are often attacked by mealybugs, which can be removed using a cotton swab dipped in alcohol. The Chicago Tribune recommends removing them in this way once per week, until the pests are eliminated.

The Chicago Tribune states that jade plants grow best when they get at least a half-day of direct sunlight on a daily basis. Too much moisture can be detrimental, so the Chicago Tribune advises that growers use a potting mix that drains surplus moisture quickly. If there is excess water in the plant's tray, it should be removed within 30 minutes. When the surface soil is dry, the plant can be watered again. About.com recommends that you reduce your watering habits to a monthly event during the winter months.

When repotting a jade plant, About.com recommends waiting until the roots are dry before removing the plant from the pot and knocking off the old soil and rotted or dead roots. After the jade plant has been transferred to the new pot, the roots should be kept dry for roughly a week. Then, watering can be resumed lightly. This helps to prevent root rot.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    Why are my tomato leaves turning yellow?

    A:

    According to Gardening Know How and Home Guides, tomato leaves turn yellow for many reasons, including: a lack of nitrogen in the soil, lack of water, pest problems or magnesium deficiency. Minor yellowing during the growing season or on the lower parts of the plant is normal ? it does not call for grave concern. However, a bacterial, fungus or other tomato disease typically requires treatment.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you take a cutting of a jade plant?

    A:

    Grow more jade plants by taking a cutting from a parent plant. This process takes between an hour to four days from cutting the stem to planting it. You need a knife, cotton balls, rubbing alcohol, paper towels, a pot, sharp sand, potting soil, rooting hormone powder, a warming mat and cactus potting mix.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    Why do plant leaves turn yellow?

    A:

    Plant leaves may turn yellow for a number of reasons, such as nutrient deficiencies, pests, insufficient water or a lack of sunlight. A plant's leaves may also turn yellow as part of the normal growth process.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you care for a lucky bean plant?

    A:

    Care of a Castanospermum australe, also known as lucky bean plant or black bean, requires the following: ensuring that the potting mixture is always moist but that the roots don't sit in a pool of water; spraying the leaves regularly to prevent them from collecting dust; and providing it with bright, indirect light along with some late or early sun. Overwatering can promote the growth of fungal root rot.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore