For decades now, Jade plants have been a favorite among houseplant owners.
They are low-maintenance plants, beautiful, and easy to take care of.
The following article is a simple guide on what to follow and do while watering your jade plant.
So, let's dive right in!
How Often Should I Water My Jade Plant?
The Jade plant is a succulent that holds water in its leaves, so it is sufficient to water once every 2-3 weeks.
The plant doesn't require a lot of water for its daily activities.
Watering it more often will lead to the plant sitting in damp soil, which can further lead to unwanted issues.
So, be careful while watering this type of indoor plant in your garden.
Also, ensure that the top 1-2 inches of the soil are dry between watering.
Jade Plant Watering Guide
Jade plant should not be watered often.
And as I mentioned earlier, you need to be careful while watering this plant.
If you overwater your Jade plant, it can surely be a damaging factor for the plant.
Hence, before you water, dip a finger into the soil to check if it's dry.
This will prevent the succulent from being overwatered.
A sign that the jade plant is overwatered is blistering.
When blisters begin forming on the surface of the plant, you should revise the frequency of the watering schedule.
Now, let's learn more about the things you need to remember before watering this plant -
Things To Remember Before Watering Jade Plant
1. Jade Plant Thrives In Dry Conditions
The most important thing to remember is that succulents like the Jade Plant are naturally used to dry and warm conditions.
They do not thrive in winters or damp climates.
Therefore, it is better to follow a schedule where the Jade plants are hydrated but not overwatered.
2. You Need To Adjust Your Watering Schedule
The plant will need a different watering schedule for every season.
During summer and spring, the plant grows faster and, therefore, will need to be watered more frequently.
However, during autumn and winter, it will only need 1-2 months of watering at the most.
Once you understand these little watering requirements of the Jade plant, you will have no issues growing this plant at home.
And since we are already talking about the watering requirements, there is this other side of the coin, i.e., the underwatering issue.
If you neglect the plant for too long, it can face issues related to underwatering.
But how do you know if the Jade plant is underwatered?
Well, let's check out the common signs of underwatering in the Jade plant.
Signs of Underwatering In Jade Plant
If your plant is underwatered, the succulent will show symptoms of the same.
Here are some of the signs of an underwatered Jade plant:
1. Shriveled Leaves
A plant that is underwatered will have wrinkled or shriveled leaves as the water they receive is not enough to keep the leaves plump.
If the leaves look drastically wilted or droopy, it means the plant is not getting any water at all.
And it is a great indication for you to water the Jade plant immediately.
Brown leaves or brown parts on a plant are a huge sign of underwatering.
You will find dead or brown leaves at the bottom of the pot, too, when this happens.
Leaves begin dropping so that the plant can conserve its water and energy.
Note: Sometimes, the leaves do turn yellow before turning brown.
So, you will have to check for any yellow leaves on your Jade plant as well.
It is an early sign of underwatering in this type of plant, which means you can still revive the plant without much damage.
3. Flat Leaves
The flat leaves issue is quite common in succulents, as they store water in their leaves.
When the water level goes down inside the plant, it tends to use the stored water content from the leaves.
And therefore, the leaves look flattish after a few days or weeks of underwatering.
Moreover, if the plant is underwatered, it will feel soft and mushy when touched.
The plant loses its plumpness when it does not receive water.
In the next section, I have shared a few tips on fixing the overwatering issue in the Jade plant.
So, do take a look at it.
How To Fix The Jade Plant Overwatering Issue?
An overwatered Jade plant will also show outward signs such as leaves turning black, leaves turning soft, mushy, translucent, and drooping.
However, you can fix this issue!
Here are some things you can do to prevent overwatering or fix overwatering in the Jade plant:
The first thing to do when the plant is overwatered is to avoid watering it until the soil is fully dry.
The ideal time to allow the plant to dry is one week or slightly more, depending on how damp the plant is.
- If the condition of the plant is worse than anticipated, remove the waterlogged plant from its pot. Remove the Jade plant and the waterlogged soil that is stuck to the roots. Assess the roots after doing this to understand the condition of the plant correctly.
- Remove the rotting roots from the plant. To do this, use clean scissors. Keep cutting the roots until you see purely white parts. This is to ensure that the plant does not rot further.
- Repot the Jade plant in a better environment. Choose the right-sized container for the plant and a pot that can accommodate the plant easily. Using a larger than required pot can cause the soil to dry faster, and a small container gives no space for the plant to grow.
- Use a good soil mix; ideally, equal parts potting soil, coarse sand, and perlite.
And that's how you can fix this issue in your Jade plant.
Important: When you prune the root system, the plant needs time to get back to its standard growth rate.
So, do not add any fertilizers to your plant for at least a few weeks.
Otherwise, it may lead to root burn, and the plant will find it difficult to survive for too long.
Things To Remember While Watering Jade Plant In Winters
Now, how do you water these indoor plants in winters?
Succulents like the Jade plant do not require much water during winters as they remain dormant during this period.
Giving them water every 1-2 months, as and when the water dries, should be enough to keep the plant hydrated.
Yes, that's what you have to do in the winter months!
Just avoid the temptation of watering the plant during these months, especially when it doesn't require any water at all.
How to Water Jade Plant After Repotting?
Once the plant takes root, the jade plant can be watered normally.
However, before that, the plant needs to be watered sparingly.
Also, if you have cleaned the roots with water, you can avoid watering the plant for a few weeks.
The moisture content present in the soil will be good enough for your Jade plant to go on for an extended period.
Having said that, you must check the soil condition regularly.
If it becomes dry too quickly, you may water the plant again.
Alright, here are some of the frequently asked questions related to this topic.
Once the Jade plant cutting takes root, you can water it like a normal jade plant.
However, before that, water the plant sparingly and do not allow the soil to remain moist.
Otherwise, the tender roots will catch root rot or similar issues, and the cutting will not grow in the end.
Your plant will start turning brown, soft, and mushy when it is overwatered.
If the soil has been consistently damp for weeks, gently uproot the plant to see if the roots are in good condition.
This will tell you if you have been overwatering the plant or not.
And if you are not sure about whether you're watering too much, you should simply look at the leaves.
The leaves will give you the first signs of overwatering in the plant.
The plant will appear flat, shriveled, and brown.
Succulents store water in their leaves, so their leaves look plump.
But if they look completely flat and dull, you must water the plant.
The natural environment of a succulent is dry and arid, which means that Jade Plants do not like to be overwatered.
Avoid misting these plants.
If you mist the plant continuously, it will attract fungal or bacterial attacks sooner than later.
During winters, the plant can go 1-2 months without being watered.
But in summers, you will need to check the topsoil now and then.
Once the topsoil dries out entirely, you can water the plant.
Over To You
I hope you enjoyed this simple and easy Jade plant watering guide.
As you know, we often complicate some of the easiest tasks in life.
And watering your indoor plants is surely one of those tasks!
But hey, you can always fix this issue by setting the right watering schedule for your indoor plants.
Meanwhile, if you have any questions or doubts about this topic, please ask them in the comments.
And if you liked the suggestions shared in this guide, do consider sharing them with your friends and family.
Glenda Habel says
Thank you so very much. I have had trouble with the start of the Jade plant that a cousin gave to me. Reading the above has given me new hope and I can save my plant.
I'm glad to hear that this information was helpful to you!
Jade plants can be difficult to care for, but with proper attention, they can be very rewarding.
I hope you have success in keeping your plant happy!
Thank you again for reading.