I read here that falling leaves was as result of underwatering but in other forums, that was overwatering. Which is correct? Because my jade plant started dropping leaves 3 weeks ago and that was probably due to overwatering. Then I let it dry for 2 weeks, then water a little and, yet, it drop leaves. In fact, even the slightest touch, leaves will fall. And baby leaves shrivel up right at the stem. I am not able to propagate the leaves, meaning the leaves which I left in the pot will shrivel up in a few days. What am I doing wrong? I am not putting it on the window sill where there is sun. Three weeks ago, there was no sun due to the weather here. Now the sun is back. I use very little fertilizer. Thanks in advance for you help.
Jade Plant Leaves Keep Dropping
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Both are correct. Both underwatering and overwatering can cause leaf loss. With a jade plant, only water when the soil is dry at least one inch down into the soil, then water it thoroughly. Jade plants need bright but indirect light. I would hold off on fertilizing until the plant has recovered.