Jade Plant Wrinkled Leaves? Find Out The 3 Main Causes And Easy Ways To Fix It!

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If you’ve been noticing that the leaves on your jade plant have been wrinkling, you’re not alone. Jade plant wrinkled leaves is a common problem, and can be caused by a variety of things.

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In this post, we will take a look at the two most likely causes of wrinkled leaves on jade plants, and provide some easy ways to fix it!

The two most common causes are overwatering and underwatering.

Jade Plant Wrinkled Leaves From Underwatering

One of the most common reasons for wrinkled leaves on jade plants is due to underwatering. Jade plants are succulents, and like all succulents, they require very little water.

But that doesn’t mean no water! These plants still need to be watered regularly (at least one to two times a month indoors), especially during the summer months or hotter days.

If you notice that the leaves on your jade plant are wrinkling, it’s a good indication that the plant is not getting enough water.

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If the soil is dry to the touch, it’s time to water your jade plant. Be sure to only water your jade plant when the soil is completely dry – if you water too often, you risk overwatering (more on that in the next section).

Jade Plant Leaves Wrinkled From Overwatering

If you’re overwatering your jade plant, the roots will become waterlogged and will start to rot. This will cause the leaves to wilt and wrinkle. On the other hand, if you underwater your jade plant, the leaves will start to wrinkle as the plant tries to conserve water.

If you think you might be overwatering your jade plant, there are a few things you can do to fix the problem. The most important thing is to make sure the soil can dry out, or else move the plant to dry soil.

Read more about saving an overwatered jade plant here.

Old Leaves Naturally Wrinkle And Fall Off

Another common reason for wrinkled leaves on jade plants is due to the plant’s natural growth cycle. As jade plants grow, they will produce new leaves and shed old ones.

The old leaves will start to wrinkle and fall off as the new ones take their place. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about. The best way to tell that this is the case with jade plant leaves wrinkled is if it’s just the leaves at the bottom of the stem, rather than all of the leaves getting wrinkly.

If that’s the case, then you don’t have anything to worry about!

How To Fix Wrinkled Jade Leaves

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So how do you fix wrinkled jade leaves? First, determine if it’s overwatered, underwatered, or old leaves.

If it’s overwatered, make sure to let the the soil dry out, maybe move it to a brighter spot (but not full sunlight), or transplant it to dry soil. If it’s underwatered, water your Crassula plant! And then try to remember to water it regularly.

And if it’s old leaves at the bottom of the plant, there’s nothing you need to do – they will eventually fall off on their own!

Final Thoughts

There are a few different reasons why leaves on jade plants can start to wrinkle. The most common causes are due to underwatering or overwatering.

If you notice that the leaves on your jade plant are wrinkling, it’s important to take a look at the plant and try to determine which is the most likely cause.

Once you know the cause, it will be much easier to fix the problem and get your jade plant healthy and happy again!

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