As a houseplant, the jade plant (Crassula ovata) has become popular because it is easy to grow and requires little care
Vegetable jade plants add interest with splashes of white, yellow or pink throughout their leaves. Although a jade plant requires little care and can tolerate neglect, its leaves should become brown if they have not already become so.
In their natural habitat, jade plants grow in full sunlight, but jade plants kept in the house may not be used to intense sunlight. If placed in direct sunlight, the wide leaves will scorch and turn brown.
You may be able to leave lightly scorched leaves on your jade plant if they are still healthy. Remove severely burned leaves. If you intend to place your jade plant outdoors in warmer weather, start indoors where it receives indirect sunlight rather than full sun.
Gradually increase the sun exposure for your jade plant over a period of two weeks.
Changes in The Leaves
With growing age, some jade leaves naturally turn brown and fall off.
This typically occurs on the lower leaves on the trunk and branches since this is the plant’s oldest foliage. Only a few lower leaves prone to browning slowly and dropping off is nothing to be concerned about. Your plants are simply going through their natural growing cycles.
Vegetable jade plants are succulents and will grow best if you allow the soil to completely dry between waterings. If the soil is allowed to stay moist, then the leaves will swell, and discoloration will occur, usually on the undersides of the leaves.
This kind of damage, known as edema, will happen all at once to the variegated jade leaves. The best way to protect your plant from edema is to not overwater it.
If you overwatered the jade plant, make the air dryer, warmer, and better ventilated around the plant so it will expel any excess water. Do not place a jade plant with edema in direct sunlight or in a cold, dark room.
Salts and minerals are naturally found in some tap water. This can cause brown spots on your jade plant’s leaves where water gets absorbed by the roots. The leaves then expel water through transpiration.
Only water can be released from the leaves, not salts. Salts that remain on the surface and the tips burn the leaves. This problem will be observed on most leaves.
Make sure you water your jade plant with filtered water. This type of leaf burn can also occur if you overfeed it. Only feed it once every three months and follow all instructions on the package so you don’t overfeed it.
Jade plants can survive temperatures near freezing, but if they get frost, they’re at risk of turning brown and falling off. Leave your jade plant out on a frosty night and you’ll see it suffer.
When nighttime temperatures fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it is advisable to bring your jade plant inside. If harm occurs due to frost, place the plant somewhere warm and dry with bright light.
Plants that were not damaged by frost should recuperate if the damage did not extend into the branches and trunk.
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