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Jade with Shriveled Leaves with Reddish Under Belly- Not Root Rot

Gardening Reference » Gardening in 2002
by KristinCarlson on November 01, 2002 05:09 AM
Hello. I have a 10 year old Jade that has shriveled, thin leaves with a reddish under belly. A few of the far reaching extremities got mushy and as a result, I needed to cut them off. I have checked the root ball and know that it isn 't root rot. He is getting enough light and hasn't been moved from the window sill since I bought him long ago. Would a vitamin deficiency or underwatering cause something like this? Is there something that I am missing?

[ November 01, 2002: Message edited by: KristinCarlson ]

by Will Creed on November 04, 2002 01:33 PM
Hi Kristen,

Underwatering can cause leaves to shrivel and die. Jades prefer to be kept on the dry side, but not bone dry like a cactus. When you water, always be sure to water thoroughly so that the entire rootball is saturated.

Nutrient deficiency usually occurs when the soil pH is outside the preferred range, not because the plant needs fertilizer. However, the symptoms you describe can also result from mineral overload if your local tap water is on the hard side. If that is the case, flush lots of filtered, distilled or rainwater through the rootball to wash away the excess mineral salts.

by KristinCarlson on November 05, 2002 05:23 AM
Hi Will,

Thank you very much for your help. I gave my jade a healthy watering and the leaves seem to be plumping up a bit.

Thanks again!

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