Reason for dropping of Jade/ Button Plant Leaves and Elephant Bush leaves.
Usually, people get confused between Jade and Elephant Bush because of the similarity in their looks.
Jade plant dropping leaves. Now, the question is, in that case, does it matter to us? Well, it does.
The reason for that is that both these kinds of plants have similar needs, and similar problems, and hence their care remains the same.
So, for today’s topic, we’re going to discuss both these Jade and Elephant Bush plants.
Many gardeners face the dropping of leaves as a major problem.
Jade dropping of leaves is a sign that your plant is under some kind of stress and It’s kind of a coping mechanism usually found in succulents.
The stress could be for any number of reasons, but whenever it comes to succulents, especially succulents like Jade.
Jade plant dropping leaves may be due to the below 4 reasons
It usually happens due to over-watering.
It’s a normal human tendency that, whenever we see a plant kept close to us, we just can’t resist watering it.
I know it can be painful to watch your jet standing in dry soil. But believe me, they do not need so much water.
This plant is native to semi-arid conditions where water is less. So over years, over several thousand or hundreds of years, it has evolved to live in low soil moisture.
If you have a jade pluck out a leaf, you will see that it has a vaccine coating.
Now, that’s an adaptation to survive dry conditions here, a leaf is turning yellow.
If it drops it’s completely okay.
To check if the plant is overwatered pull the plant out carefully and see how drenched it is in water.
So, to improve drainage, Let’s add some coco peat on the top.
Just on the sides, add coco peat to the plant.
When buying plants from a nursery, the soil will be really compact and clay on the sides, in such cases add coco peat in the center of the core.
Under Watered Jade Plant
Brown scale on the Jade plant.
Your plant has been underwatered watering is also why you would see the stem and the branches start to look really weak.
In extreme cases, it completely browns out and there’s no way to save the plant
You would see the dry leaves here, but in some cases, when you look closely you would see that the leaves are drooping.
Now, this drooping happens when the plant is under-watered and now when the leaves have brown spots and drop then the reason is under-watering which is killing the plant.
When we keep a close eye on plants it gives us a lot of hints to see what is going wrong.
One should water these plants once in 7 to 10 days, temperature is another factor that can majorly affect the jade plants.
20 to 30 degrees is ideal for jade.
It is kind of a tropical temperature subtropical that it really likes below or more than this temperature can also be harmful to the plant.
You would see a lot of shedding of leaves happening in that case and this brings me to a very important factor for this plant. That is how much sunlight is available.
3rd Case Sunlight
There is a dilemma that is jade, an indoor plant, or an outdoor plant. It requires a good amount of sunlight, no direct sunlight, and no afternoon sunlight.
Nurseries will sell this plant saying this is an indoor plant but this is not the case, there’s nothing an indoor plant.
Every plant is an outdoor plant, right? It totally depends on the requirements of the plant.
So, jade, for example, needs 3 to 4 hours of morning sun or evening sun, No afternoon sun because it’s too hot.
Leaves will again start dropping, jade is also grown as a bonsai plant, bonsai is the Japanese art of practice of growing big plants in a miniature form, a common misconception people have is that bonsai trees require some special kind of seeds and you would find people online selling them, anyone can grow a bonsai from the regular plant, bonsai is generally done for the plants that have like a part thick step.
If you’re someone who got this plant sometime back and you think it’s not growing remember it grows only in the spring season.
In a tropical country temperature and humidity for jade is perfect only in the spring for most of the other seasons.
Also, when the temperature changes or when the moisture is too much for it.
When the spring will come in the spots where the leaves have been shed, new sprouts will come out now you can also take a cutting from jade, remove a branch, make a cut, and then we embed this in river sand or coco peat. Don’t use the best sand. It’s very salty if you have river sand, great. Otherwise, coco peat is fine.
I like to dip it in rooting hormone because it reduces the chances of root rot, and increases the chances of callus. That is the formation of roots here I have a cutting that about two months back had started in coco peat here.
It seems to be growing well there is a new sprout of leaves coming out for cuttings instead of soil. Adding soil or coco peat can give good success, jade-like other succulents do not require many nutrients.
You can fertilize them once in about six months, preferably just before the spring season, which is the growing season.
4th A common problem with jade is root rot.
If you see that the leaves don’t look healthy, you’ve done everything right then try to approve the plan. I don’t recommend it generally if the plant is okay, don’t approve, don’t disturb it.
But otherwise, if you think everything is right, just nudge it out and see if the roots look healthy. If they don’t then you can use any kind of antimicrobial solution, preferably one that has named one office component for the soil mixture.
Use any kind of succulent soil.
If you don’t have succulent soil, use Coco peat, a little bit of compost, and regular soil. Try to keep this to one ratio. People also grow jade as a lucky plant.
Sanctuary considers bringing wealth. Good luck, happiness, new opportunities, and well-being.
Money jade plant
In fact, jade is also considered a money plant and the reason I’m talking about this is that don’t confuse jade with the classic money plant that grows in India. The Indian money plant if I can call that is both those. Okay, that’s a different plant.
I hope these pointers are helpful to you. I’ve tried to address all the questions and problems.
If there’s anything else that I might have missed, please drop that as a comment down below, take care and I will see you very soon.