Purplish edges...

I think this plant is doing pretty well, but I am curious as to what it is and how I can better care for it. Thank you!!

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Apr 15, 2016
Leaf Loss - all is not lost
by: Jacki

Hi Val, losing the lower leaves is perfectly normal. The older leaves (those lower on the stem) are only viable for a certain time, and when it gets new growth, and can only support some of them the lower ones dry up and drop off.

In time, you may end up with long leggy 'palm trees' and then it's time to take cuttings from the top growth. This will encourage more growth to bush out from beneath where you cut off the cutting.

Apr 15, 2016
Jade Has Lost Leaves...
by: Val

Hi Jackie:

My Jade plant is about 18"tall and healthy-looking, lots of babies growing in the soil at its base. However, there are no leaves on the bottom 2/3 of the stems. I've searched online for a reason for this but haven't found one. The plant sits in a westerly window, hasn't ever been repotted, is allowed to dry out between waterings, has never bloomed. Is leaf loss normal? Thanks.

Feb 01, 2015
Crassula ovata
by: Jacki

There are many forms of Crassula, but this one is the typical Jade Plant. They are grown commonly as outdoor plants in warm areas, but in colder climates they have to overwinter indoors.

The purple tinge can be caused by cool temperatures, such as if you have it by a window. It will most likely go away and the leaves turn to green when the weather warms up.

You can see more about this genus here, and one of my favorite projects, making them into bonsai.

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