Known as the jade plant or the money tree, the money tree is more commonly grown as a potted indoor houseplant. It can live outdoors in USDA zones 10 – 11, but most people choose to grow it in containers.
When the right amount of light and water isn’t provided, the money tree can wilt and lose leaves. If you have a money tree that is drooping, changing those conditions will usually eliminate wilting and restore the lush, fleshy leaves.
IFAS Extension of the University of Florida reports that overwatering is the most common problem in jade owners.
Cut back on watering during dry weather to keep leaves firm and chewy. Waterlogged jade plants are prone to root rotting and diseases. The worst signs of these problems are wilting leaves.
If you water your plants, make sure all soil is moist. Don’t water again until the soil dries out, even if that means going weeks or days without watering the plants.
Jades store water in their fleshy leaves, so they do not need constant, regular watering. The drip pan can be removed after watering on a regular basis to the soil to help prevent re-absorbing too much water.
It’s extremely easy to water too much by not watering enough. A dried-out jade-looking wilted and shriveled will soon come back to life with a powerful watering. Check for moisture levels with your fingers regularly.
Water only when the soil feels moist up to a few inches into the pot. If it feels dry toward the top of the pot, it’s fast approaching time to water. It feels dry under your finger, so it’s time to water.
Poor Soil Conditions
Clemson University suggests jade plants grow best in fast-draining soil. If your soil holds water and stays sticky for days, you’ll need to improve the drainage of your soil, then repot your plant.
After watering, excess water should drain out of the soil quickly, leaving the soil moist but not soggy. You shouldn’t be able to squeeze more than a few drops of water out of the moist soil.
Lights are too Dim
When light levels are inadequate, jade plants may wilt. If you move them, do so in a gradual process. Jade plants prefer bright, indirect sunlight for at least four hours each day.
If your jade is wilting due to a lack of light, move it closer to the light source gradually. If it’s moved too fast, then it won’t get used to the brighter light so it could cause more wilting.
Try moving it a few inches every few days. If your jade is in direct sunlight but is wilting and shriveling, the plant could be getting sunburned. Move it slowly to a bright position that gets indirect sunlight.
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