Here’s a photo of our jade tree. We’ve had this plant for years and it nearly died this past year. You wouldn’t know it to look at it now.
This is actually the second time it almost died. The first time was probably at least ten years ago, a few years after we owned the plant. I walked a leaf around to several nurseries before I found the person who correctly identified for me that the problem was over-watering. I still adhere to his instructions, which were to water it once a month spring through fall, don’t water it at all over winter, and take it outside in the summer and let it bake in the sun. Sure enough, that did the trick and the plant thrived.
When we moved, the jade tree definitely suffered. The move itself put stress on the plant, but we also had the problem of no location indoors with enough sunlight to really keep it satisfied during the winter. Previously, the plant didn’t thrive in the winter, but it made it through OK. Here, it started going downhill quickly.
Last year, I did a radical pruning and pushed a bunch of cuttings into the soil to start new plants. Those of you who have ever grown jade trees know how easily they root. Often, a leaf that merely falls off onto the soil will root, so intentionally trying to root these plants is very simple.
I started the new plants last spring and took it outdoors as soon as the weather was warm enough to get strong sun and, once again, we’ve got a full, healthy plant again. Now, I have to baby it through the winter, until it can get back outside.
If you’ve had your plants outdoors and are bringing them in for the winter, take the time to wash off the leaves thoroughly to get rid of insects and eggs. I also apply insecticidal soap to the leaves of most of my houseplants before bringing them indoors, just to make sure I’m not bringing in some pest that’s going to spread to my other houseplants.
BTW, my Christmas cactus has been blooming for the last two weeks. Apparently, like the weather, it also doesn’t know that it’s only October.