Jade Plants are hardy and long-lived favourites of gardeners worldwide.
Though they thrive with the right kind of neglect,jade plant have a brown leaves…
…is common things that occur and has many possible causes.
Let’s look at why your Jade Plant leaves are turning brown how to return it to health….
….and how to avoid future problems.
Why are my jade plant have brown leaves?
Though unsightly, browning isn’t always a serious threat.
The most common reasons are sunburn and watering issues including edema and scalding…
…by water drops on leaves bad temperature condition, salt on the water and many more.
So lets hear the story of Jake, about his experience of his Jade having brown leaves.
Let us hear Jake’s story
The little jade plant is dying the leaves that once were green turned brown.
It’s so suck that my jade have brown leaves…
…and no matter what my family does to try and save it the stubborn thing refuses to live.
It’s been there for a year now yet still we fight on because this one is special.
Sitting in a corner of our living room with its pot near the window so it can get as much light as possible;
it has always been cherished by us all but never more than now when time seems like the only way to tell…
…how long ago we started walking this path together.
I remember hearing stories about how my father would come home from work every day…
…take off his shoes before coming downstairs just so he could have enough energy left over for it.
When you put a plant “outside in the sun,” a plant that has been previously indoors, the sun burns some of the leaves. Leaves have natural protections against sunburn, just as human skin has, protections which aren’t there when the leaves (or skin) has spent all the time indoors. Burnt leaves generally look brown, or brown and yellow.”Marlie Graves, House plant professional
Jade Plant Overview
The Jade plant (Crassula ovata) is one of our favorite houseplants because it grows reliably with minimal care.
Despite the beauty of standard jade plants with their contrasting colors the variegated jade plants…
…have their own special appeal. It’s waxy, fleshy leaves and thick woody stems store water efficiently:
They often cope with a lack of moisture better than with wet conditions.
A brown leaves that pops out often indicates stress;
correcting the underlying issue often resolves the issue quickly.
Don’t worry if the leaves are severely damaged. It’s better to direct the plant’s energy into growing new leaves.
You need to wipe or wash the foliage periodically because this opens leaf pores lets the sun in, and discourages pests.
Be gentle when handling a Jade Plant: its leaves will break off easily.
The malleable Jade is easy to prune and propagate allowing you to grow babies from the leaves of a troubled plant.
However, if the variegated plant’s turning to brown leaves you need to take action to restore it to good health.
What’s the Possible Causes
There’s many possible causes that can occur on Jade have brown leaves the possible causes were:
Jades need bright direct light, but excessive heat can turn to the brown leaves or cause brown spots on their leaves.
When placed outside in an exposed position on a sunny day the wide leaves can get too much sun…
..and become scorched.
If you move an indoor plant into the sunlight before allowing it to acclimate this can happen.
About two weeks later, a Jade houseplant becomes resistant to outdoor sunlight.
The leaf edges adapt by turning red in strong light.
Most times, if your leaves are lightly scorched they will still be healthy and can be left on the plant.
Remove severely brown leaves cause of being burned.
Place your jade plant outdoors during warm weather first in a spot that receives dappled rather than full sunlight.
Gradually increase the jade plant’s exposure to direct sunlight over a two-week period.
Natural Brown Leaves Changes
When the jade plant ages and grows some brown leaves happens and fall off.
Usually, the oldest leaves on the trunk and branches will do this as they are the oldest.
Occasionally, a few lower leaves will brown very slowly then they will drop off naturally.
The plant could be undergoing a natural growth process.
So dont panic, if your jade have a brown leaves, you need to check this problem out.
Too Much Water
Because variegated jade plants are succulents they do not need much water and grow best if the soil goes…
…completely dry between waterings.
If the soil is watered too often, the leaves will insufflate, and maybe brown leaves will occurred.
The less serious water-related complaint is Oedema.
If there is more water in the roots than the leaves can absorb the excess can lead to small…
…water-engorged spots on the foliage. These can become brown and corky.
Even stems can be affected. Oedema will not kill your plant: it is rather a cry for help and a warning…
…that the plant is getting too much water.
Conditions such as high humidity, cool air and oppressive heat may contribute to the problem.
To solve this, reduce watering. Increase air circulation in the plant but don’t use heat…
…or sudden changes in light to further stress it.
A swollen part will become brown leaves or rust-colored spots often on the underside of the leaf.
Oedema commonly occurs on most of the leaves at the same time.
You can prevent Oedema by not overwatering your plant.
Make sure the plant’s air is dry, warmer and more ventilated if you have overwatered it otherwise, it will hold on to water.
You should not place a jade plant that is dehydrated in direct sunlight or in a cold, dark room.
You may notice your jade plant developing brown spots if you live in an area that naturally has salts…
…or minerals in the tap water.
Basically, the root system takes the water to the leaves and then the leaves release the water through transpiration.
The leaves can only release the water, not salts.
Leave salts behind the leaves and the leaves will burn.
The burning will be most apparent at the ends and tops of the leaves.
To avoid the problem, use filtered water on your jade plant.
Jade plants can get this type of leaf burn if you give them too much fertilizer.
Only feed them a few times a year and follow the directions on the package so you don’t give them too much.
A jade plant can tolerate temperatures close to freezing, but if frost hits it your jade plant will suffer.
If left outside on a frosty night its leaves will become brown or black and then fall off.
It is best to leave your jade plant inside once night time temperatures do not exceed 50 °Fahrenheit.
If frost does damage your jade bring it to a warm and dry location with bright light.
Removing the frost-damaged leaves should help the plant recover assuming damage did not extend…
..into the branches and trunk. A sudden swing in temperature is unwelcome nor does it like hot or cold drafts.
Any of these stress-causing circumstances can cause jade plant leaves to turn brown/
Jade is resistant to most diseases. Besides root rot the most common disease is Bacterial Soft Rot;
both diseases can occur if conditions are too moist.
The Powdery Mildew fungus is not as harmful but can still cause damage.
It presents as a haze covering the leaves and thrives in warm damp conditions.
It isn’t usually fatal but it can leave brown corky areas on the leaves.
Another effective home remedy is to spray with a solution that contains one tablespoon of baking soda…
…and one and a half teaspoons of mild dish soap mixed with one gallon of water.
Unlike many houseplants, Jades actually prefer the dry environment of a typical home.
High humidity can inhibit soil evaporation and contribute indirectly to fungal problems.
Overly humid conditions can encourage mildew on the leaves and a white or grayish coating on the soil.
While surface mold isn’t particularly harmful on its own it’s a sign of too much moisture for your Jade.
You can either wipe or rinse off the mold and dry it afterwards.
Increased ventilation and light levels help thwart further mold growth or use an antifungal spray if necessary.
As a result, water droplets left on leaves can act as magnifying glasses in intense direct sunlight…
…sizzling the leaf’s skin beneath them.
This may occur rapidly before the droplets have a chance to evaporate.
This type of leaf damage appears to be worse than it actually is but it’s not too hard to avoid.
You can water the base of the plant to leave the foliage dry or you can simply protect the foliage from hot sun.
When night time temperatures are not too cool can water your plants in the early evening…
…and let the leaves dry overnight.
From above, we can see that this plant needs and extra care even this is the succulent plant…
..and can resist high temperature and extreme condition.
Brown leaves commonly occurred of course you don’t want to have your jade containing brown leaves.
This plant still needs to be cared of.
Jade as a succulent plant, have a good resilience.
That can accompany you, and besides it’s easy to take care of it.
For us who’s kind of lazy to take care general houseplant.
So that’s it! Now do you have any recommendation plants that are good to grow?
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Thanks for reading! Cao!