Why does my jade plant’s leaves turn brown on the edges and shrivel up and fall off? The stem is also weak.
The Gardener’s Answer
Hello, Mary: When leaves on a jade turn brown, shrivel, and fall off it is a sign that your succulent is not very happy. The real question is what is causing the leaves to brown? Unfortunately, there is not a clear-cut answer, it may be caused from too much moisture or too much light. Sun scorch can look like what you described, but I suspect that moisture is the real issue at this time of year. The fact that the stems of the jade are also weak is a good indication that it is receiving too much water. Make sure your jade is planted in a container that has at least one drainage hole. Also make sure it is planted in a well-drained soil mixture made specifically for cacti and succulents. Good drainage is essential in preventing root rot. Just as important is good light, especially during the winter months. A south-facing window is an ideal location for your jade. If the entire plant is soft and flexible with little to no foliage left, it may be too late. Otherwise, change the container and/or soil if necessary and cut back on your watering. Depending on the temperature and humidity of your home, your jade can be watered every 10-14 days. It will enjoy growing outdoors during the warmer months.