Why Jade Plant Leaves Shriveling [Causes & How to Fix]

Plants have this amazing aura around them, making them a perfect addition to add life to any room or garden! Jade plants are beautiful succulents, both for indoor and outdoor planting. However, sometimes things happen that we find difficult to understand.

Why Jade Plant leaves shriveling? When your usually upright and healthy Jade plant starts to flop over and its usually plump leaves start to look wrinkled, there is something wrong. Your Jade plant is trying to show you that it is either over dehydrated or overwatered. You will need to know what the cause is to save your dear plant!

Refrain from stressing too much when your Jade plant starts to look a little wrinkly or weak. In most cases, adjusting its water intake will help make it look healthy again. Why would your Jade plant’s leaves start to wither?

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Watering Your Jade Plants

Jade plants are popular succulents among gardeners, as they are easy-care houseplants and outdoor plants in regions where it never gets to freezing temperatures. They will grow like small shrubs or trees, having thick stems with meaty leaves sprouting from their branches.

Native to South Africa, the jade plants growing in the wild get a large amount of rain periodically, instead of little amounts every week. As the plant parent, you will need to try to create the same conditions as in the wild by watering your Jade plant thoroughly.

It is advised to wait until the topsoil is completely dried out before watering again. You will know you have waited too long between waterings if you notice that the leaves are starting to look shriveled, along with the plants’ stems going limp.

You can just give your plant a good soak in order for it to return to its original and healthy state.

Jade plant leaves can wrinkle with a shriveling appearance when they are wither watered too lightly or not often watered. The cool thing about Jade plants is that they use their leaves to restore moisture, so when they are not watered enough, the Jade plant will deplete the moisture resources in their leaves first, hence the wrinkled look.

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Why Are Your Jade Plant Leaves Shriveling?

By reading the list below, you will know exactly how to determine which situation may be causing your Jade plants’ leaves to wither and what you can do to bring them back to their healthy condition again!

Incorrect Drainage And Overwatering

Overwatering, along with poor soil drainage, is possibly the main cause of why your Jade plant leaves may be shriveling up. Either one of these things will cause the roots of your plants to rot, up until the point where they will be unable to soak up enough water for their leaves.

You can determine whether there is root rot but tipping your plant on its side and gently pulling it out of the pot. Usually, rotten roots are brown and slimy.

Jade plants generally only require watering every two weeks during their active growth in the spring and summer. You can water them once every 3 or 4 weeks during the colder months and winter, depending on if the topsoil has completely dried out.

Obtaining the best moisture balance for your jade plant will make their leaves look plump and healthy without running the risk of overwatering.

Jade plants are relatively easy to grow indoors because they will do their best in the same temperatures and dry indoor air we humans enjoy.

With periodic soakings, along with a good drainage system, and bright light, you will have a healthy Jade plant for decades!

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Underwatering Or Drought Stress

Another common reason your Jade plant leaves look shriveled and wrinkled in appearance could be drought stress. Drought stress can be caused by extreme underwatering, watering too little, or the potting soil in use has baked hard and repels water away from the roots.

As a strategy to cope with drought, jade plants store water in their stems, roots, and you guessed it: Leaves! They do this naturally to be able to cope when there is a period of drought.

They are then able to use the moisture reserved to survive. If your Jade plant is going through drought stress, the used moisture reserves will turn the leaves wrinkled and thinner.

If you do not quickly determine why your Jade plants’ leaves are shriveling, the leaves could even fall off. Not watering enough or watering too lightly will only provide the top inch of the soil with moisture, and the water will not be enough to infiltrate properly to reach the roots.

A strong airflow, too much direct sunlight, and high temperatures could also be the cause of your Jade plant using up all of its moisture reserves from their leaves, causing them to shrivel.

Potting soil or any soil containing peat often repels water when it has dried out, which results in your Jade plant experiencing drought stress.

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How To Help A Wrinkled Jade Plant Due To Under Watering

Jade plants with shriveled leaves due to drought stress should be placed in a clean basin of water for no more than 10 minutes. This allows your plant to have a good drink, as this will ensure that the water will be properly absorbed by the soil so that the roots will be able to take the moisture they require.

After your Jade plant has soaked in the basin, you can allow the soil to dry out completely. When you give them a generous soak of water, followed by a period of drought, Jade plants will think they are in the wild, where they typically experience a lot of rain followed by constantly dry and hot weather.

When the soil has dried out entirely, you can see this as the perfect opportunity to give your plant a lot of water again. When you see water pouring out from underneath through the drainage holes, this will give you a clear indication that the water has infiltrated the soil properly, reaching everywhere, even the roots.

If you have soaked the soil in your basin full of water about once every two weeks, the jade plant will be able to restore the moisture in its leaves, which reverses the wrinkled appearance completely, causing the plants to look much healthies with 2 to 3 cycles of watering.

The key to watering your jade pants is to completely avoid any chance of their leaves wrinkling from drought stress, as well as overwatering. You have to establish the optimal watering schedule according to your climate and the conditions inside your home.

Why Jade Plant leaves shriveling
Why Jade Plant leaves shriveling

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To establish how often to water your Jade plant, according to the unique environment inside your home, give the soil a good soak and monitor how long it takes for the soil to dry out at the bottom of the pot again.

It can be easy for a plant parent to get paranoid when we notice something ordinary when looking after our plants. The best thing to do is to stay calm, figure out exactly what is wrong, and try out best to fix it.

When your jade plants’ leaves shrivel, it could be a few problems, and usually, these problems can be a breeze to fix!