Adjust water for winter jade plants

Every year I set my jade plants outside during the summer.  Before frost, I move them inside to overwinter.

When they are growing outdoors, I give these succulent plants quite a bit of water.  Actually, they get the same amount of water as the rest of the potted plants.  During that time, they make good use of all that water because they are actively growing.

Jade plants need some downtime however.  They can’t grow constantly through the entire year.

Since a dry atmosphere is essential during the rest period, the inside of a typical Michigan home during the winter — with its  low humidity — is just what a jade plant needs to rest.

They still need plenty of light even when resting.  Therefore, the best place to keep your jade plant is in the brightest window of your house.

Make sure that any excess water can drain away from the pot – never leave water standing in the drainage saucer.  Also, let the potting soil dry out between waterings.

One way to tell if a jade plant needs water is to gently squeeze a leaf with your fingers.  If the leaf feels firm, it still has plenty of water.  If the leaf feels soft, it is probably time to water.  It is not unusual to go two or three weeks between watering during the dormant period.

Gently squeeze a leaf of your jade plant to determine its need for water.

Over-watering will cause leaves to drop and stems to rot.  If it declines to that point, the plant may not recover and will probably die.

When  over-wintering jade plants, some neglect is a good thing.




Bob Dluzen
As a result of being a gardener for more than 40 years, 30 of those as a professional, Bob's gardening has become an integral part of his life. "It's the ever-changing seasons and the wide variety of plants and gardens that keeps me intrigued," he says. Bob lives and gardens in rural Monroe County.