Jade plant


In my first question, I had asked about the shriveled branch of my jade plant (see photo below) and asked how to help the plant. I I forgot to include a photo of its leaves. I wasn’t able to upload the second photo, but it would show that the leaves are plump and full.

The answer to my first question suggests that there might be an overwatering (or under watering) problem. Since the leaves look healthy, might there be a different problem with the plant?

The height of the plant is 22” and the width is 23”.

It is facing a south window about 12” from the pane.

Thank you for your help.



Thank you for contacting the Toronto Master Gardeners with your question about your Jade Plant (Crassula ovata). It certainly appears to be struggling. I have reviewed your previous question and pictures, and here is what I think is happening.

Enough light and proper watering are critical components of care for this plant. A south window where you have it is ideal, but I am wondering if it has been moved to this location recently ? The leaves are quite far apart, as if it has been stretching for more light. Or perhaps it has been dropping leaves. More on this below.

The right light and the right watering go hand in hand to have a healthy plant. Jade Plants should be watered when the soil is completely dry. At that point they should be watered thoroughly and the excess water should be allowed to fully drain away. The pot for your plant looks like the type that has drainage holes which is good, however the soil looks like it might be regular potting soil which is not ideal. Jade Plants need fast draining soil, so you might want to consider repotting your plant in soil for cactus or succulents.

Watering can be too much or too little, both of which cause problems. If the plant does not have enough water, the leaves will shrivel and fall off. This does not appear to be the case with your plant. Too much water is often a problem with Jade Plants, either due to the plant standing in water or waterlogged soil for too long after it has been watered, or due to the plant being watered before the soil it is in has become completely dry. Too much water can be a bigger problem if the plant is not getting enough light. Overwatering  will eventually lead to root rot, which can kill the plant. Healthy roots are essential for the plants well-being. From what I can see in your pictures I think overwatering might be the problem with your plant. Root rot can cause the leaves to swell, then become mushy and fall off (which might also be why the leaves on your plant are spaced far apart). It can also cause the stems to rot, which I think is what I’m seeing in your pictures.

I suggest that you check the roots of your plant by sliding it out of its pot and feeling whether they are firm or mushy. Cut away any mushy parts, shake off any wet soil, cut off the mushy stems and then let the plant rest and dry out for a couple of days. Then replant it in soil for cactus or succulents, and water only when the soil is completely dry.

Here is a link with more information about Jade Plant :


I hope your Jade Plant will be restored to good health !