I have a few jade leaves that are resting on soil but they are getting wrinkled. Is this normal? Should I splash a little water on them? I got them from the main plant less than a week ago.
Drought Smart Plants reply:
Hi N., this is perfectly normal, in fact you want this. It indicates that the leaves are drying out, which prompts it to produce some new growth from the dormant bud at the broken off end. I don't recommend spraying it, as this can cause it to rot.
Be patient - it can take up to three weeks, and sometimes longer before the tiny little plants and their pink roots emerge. The leaf will serve as a nurse, and as the tiny new plants grow, the leaf will shrivel to nothing. That's its sole function now, so as long as it is not rotting, all is well.
Once the tiny new plants have their own roots, which will wave around in the air for a while before they figure out to grow downwards, then you can move it into its own pot of well drained, sterilized potting soil.
They can survive quite well without much water, as they have adapted to climates without much rainfall, and usually quite warm and dry.
They don't have the ability to shrug off excess moisture as some plants (like ferns or other jungle type plants have) as they try and soak up any drop of moisture that comes their way.
Good luck with your new Jades!
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