Why is my jade plant falling over? [Useful Tips]

Jade plants belong to the succulent family with plump, oblong-shaped, vibrant green leaves. These plants are vigorous and quick to forgive if you neglect them slightly. If you are starting to wonder if your potted jade plant is a bit too top-heavy or if other factors are causing it to fall over, then you’ve come to the right place for advice.

Why is my jade plant falling over? Jade plants mostly fall over from factors including overwatering or underwatering, dense and moisture-retaining soil, or too little sun exposure. In addition, temperatures that are too hot or cold, frequent repotting, and lastly, being top-heavy with too many stems cause a jade plant to fall over.

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Can you do something about your top-heave jade plant? We’ll discuss a few options to fully take advantage of to revive your jade plant from falling over. Let’s start.

Why Is My Jade Plant Falling Over?

There are seven contributing factors as to why your jade plant is falling over. The most prevalent reasons are:

  1. Overwatering
  2. Underwatering
  3. Inappropriate soil
  4. Too little sun exposure
  5. Temperature
  6. Repotting
  7. The Jade Plant is top-heavy

Let’s thoroughly discuss each possible issue in the hope of recovering your jade plant from falling over.

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1. Jade Plants Fall Over From Overwatering

Generally, the most common reason why jade plants fall over is from overwatering. This is because it’s so easy to be overenthusiastic about watering your succulents to thrive.

However, jade plants store water in their leaves and stem for an extended period, making them susceptible to overwatering.

If overwatered, your jade plant will show similar signs to an underwatered jade plant. This statement may sound strange, but this occurs due to mold and bacteria forming and causing root rot or root death.

As a result, the plant will not absorb the necessary nutrients and water for the leaves to stay plump and healthy.

Once the jade plant develops root rot from overwatering, it becomes weak and can no longer support the stems to maintain an upright position, resulting in a jade plant falling over.

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How To Identify An Overwatered Jade Plant?

As obvious as it may sound, the jade plant’s condition and the soil consistency are the two best ways to identify if you are overwatering your jade plant.

Saturated soil and a weak, dehydrated jade plant indicate overwatering. Stick your index finger into the plant’s potting soil to test the soil’s moisture levels; if the soil is soggy and the roots appear soft and flimsy, then overwatering is the culprit behind your jade plant falling over.

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2. Jade Plants Fall Over From Underwatering

Opposite, yet similar to overwatering, underwatering can also be a leading factor in who your jade plant is falling over.

Underwatering tends to be less severe than overwatering as succulents generally have low watering schedules. However, if you underwater the jade plant, it will become dehydrated and weak.

Therefore, underwatering and overwatering might be two very different concepts, but both lead to the jade plant falling over from weakened roots and stems.

3. Inappropriate Soil Cause Jade Plants To Fall Over

Jade plants require loose, gravelly, and well-draining soil to thrive. The biggest threat to a potted jade plant is over-watering; thus, using inappropriate potting soil only exacerbates the potential problem.

So, if you have a jade plant potted in moisture-retaining potting mixes, there’s a probability of developing fungal diseases and root rot, causing the jade plant to fall over.

Note that jade plants do not tolerate soggy or consistently moist soil. Therefore, always allow the first two inches of topsoil to dry out before watering the jade plant. After that, you’ll generally only have to water the plant every 2 to 3 weeks during its growing season.

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4. Too Little Sun Causes Jade Plants To Fall Over

Jade plants thrive in sunlight- and lots of it!

Jade plants generally require 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Therefore, if your jade plant does not receive adequate amounts of sunlight, the plant starts to stretch (etiolation).

Etiolation causes the stems to be too long and flimsy, stretching to the side, making the jade plant appear to be falling over.

A lack of sunlight can also stunt your plant’s growth, resulting in weaker and thinner stems. In addition, the plant’s stems can’t support the weight of the jade plant, causing it to fall over.

5. Inappropriate Temperatures Cause Jade Plants To Fall Over

Another common factor causing your jade plant to fall over can be the temperature (both hot and cold).

Jade plants thrive at 65°- 75°F during the day and slightly cooler night temperatures of 55°F.

If temperatures are too hot, the jade plant can dehydrate and fall over. On the contrary, if it’s too cold, the jade plant will freeze and fall over.

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6. Repotting Can Cause Jade Plants To Fall Over

Repotting can cause significant stress for any plant, including jade plants. Therefore, jade plants generally do not need to be repotted often; once every three to four years is suitable.

Therefore, repotting a jade plant too often will disable the plant from settling its roots properly, resulting in it falling over.

Tip: using unfinished terracotta pots wick away moisture and will help reduce chances of over-watering your jade plat.

7. A Top-Heavy Jade Plant Will Fall Over

Jade plants naturally get pretty top-heavy. Unfortunately, top-heavy jade plants are inevitable, and you can’t do much to prevent this from happening in the long term.

Top-heavy plants produce too many stems and leaflets that the roots are unable to support appropriately. As a result, your jade plant will fall over.

 Besides ensuring that the pot for your jade plant is heavy enough to keep the jade plant upright, you can also trim the plant or propagate the jade plant.

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How To Prevent Jade Plants Falling Over?

After reading through all the reasons why your jade plant is falling over, consider the following to revive the plant:

  • Only water the jade plant every 2 to 3 weeks during its growing season and reduce watering during fall and winter when it’s semi-dormant.
  • Ensure that you plant the jade plant in well-draining, rough soil conditions. Consider adding a generous amount of peat moss or perlite to the soil to encourage further drainage.
  • Ensure that the jade plant is in a location where it receives at least 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight. Consider placing the jade plant in a south-facing window if you are planning to keep it indoors.
  • Try to create an environment with 65°- 75°F during the day and 55°F at night.
  • Repot the jade plant only when necessary.
  • Prune or propagate the jade plant when it becomes top-heavy.
Why is my jade plant falling over
Why is my jade plant falling over

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To conclude, there are seven common issues that jade plant owners can look into to prevent jade plants from falling over.

A helpful tip to ensure your jade plant is getting enough sun is to place the plant outside during sunny weather and bring the jade back in during cold nights to prevent it from falling over. By creating a suitable environment for your jade plant, you can almost guarantee that it won’t be falling over any time soon.