Jade Plant Leaves Turning Yellow: Causes & Fixes

Here we are once more, with a brand-new article. Since I wasn’t around for a long time, I believe you missed me a lot. To be quite honest, I genuinely missed you guys, but I had to take a little hiatus to attend to some pressing matters. Being back and having the opportunity to share with you a variety of fresh subjects and facts that you will find extremely beneficial makes me very glad.

When we dig deeper, gardening may appear simple, but it is anything since you could occasionally notice your plants experiencing problems without being able to identify the source of the problems. But there’s no need to worry because I’m only here to make things appear simpler.

In this post, I’ll do my best to answer all of your queries and help you figure out why your jade plant’s leaves are becoming yellow. Then let’s get going!

Why is my Jade Plant Leaves Turning Yellow?

The ideal choice for indoor plants is a jade plant since they require little maintenance and are simple to care for. It’s no accident that most of you are familiar with and like caring for these lovely and incredibly adaptable plants because they just need a little water and can thrive in indoor and challenging environments.

However, despite what I’ve written above, this doesn’t imply you won’t have problems with these plants. There might be a lot of problems, and the most frequent one is the yellowing of the leaves. You should be alert to the fact that anything is awry when you see that the Jade plant’s leaves start to turn yellow.

The leaves are yellowing for a variety of causes, including overwatering, underwatering, nutritional deficiencies, inadequate light, and so forth. I’ll go into depth about each of these causes and attempt to provide you with some guidance on how to address them.

Overwatering and Underwatering

The typical tendency of gardeners to water plants more than is necessary is completely incorrect since doing so can lead to several problems. Because jade plants are succulents and have very low water requirements, they are not very good at handling excess water. When you overwater a jade plant, the roots decay, the leaves become yellow, and the soil remains moist for the majority of the time.

Jade plants don’t require a lot of water, so underwatering may not seem like a huge issue, but it doesn’t imply you shouldn’t water it at all. If the soil is completely dry and the plant hasn’t had any water in a long time, you’ve probably underwatered it, which will result in yellowing leaves.

To be honest, it’s rather simple to solve these types of issues. Your jade plant doesn’t need to be watered on a schedule; all you have to do is examine the soil before watering it to see whether it requires water or not. You should water your plant repeatedly until the earth is entirely dry if the soil is sufficiently dry.

Excessive Fertilizer

Since jade plants don’t need a lot of fertilizer, you should use extreme caution while applying it. The roots of the plant are poisoned by excessive fertilizer, and it also affects the pH of the soil. As a result, some nutrients are absorbed excessively. All of these factors will eventually cause the leaves of your jade plant to turn yellow, which you will notice.

Therefore, if you want to prevent problems like the ones I have stated above, my advice in this situation is to make sure you are not overdoing your plant with fertilizers and fertilize the plant simply once per month. And if you did it incorrectly, cease feeding the plant for at least three months and cleanse the soil with water to eliminate the extra fertilizer salts to be able to cure it.


Jade plants need strong light and like being in the sun. In order to prevent the jade plants’ leaves from becoming yellow while they are being grown inside, we must ensure that they receive the strong light they need.

All we need to do to solve this issue is transfer our plant to a location where it can receive the necessary light. Just keep in mind that jade plants thrive in a combination of brilliant direct and indirect light.

Repotting Stress

A plant that has been improperly transplanted may experience transplant shock or stress, which makes it difficult for the plant to thrive in its new habitat. Jade plant’s leaves may become yellow as a result, and the plant won’t be able to support as much healthy foliage.

If you want to prevent this, try not to repot the plant too frequently. If you have and are experiencing problems, let the plant regenerate and take good care of it.


To be honest, pest infestation in jade plants is not a frequent problem, but it might happen. Additionally, it can lead to a variety of problems, such as root damage, which can cause the leaves to yellow. Mealybugs, which love to feed on your plant by sucking out the nourishing liquids, are the most frequent pest infestation in jade plants.

Pesticides, isopropyl alcohol, and insecticidal soap can all be used to treat your plant.


Your Jade plant’s age may be the only factor contributing to the yellowing of its leaves, which you may have noticed. The leaves will start to turn yellow and then fall off. I am aware that this is disappointing, but it is the way things are.

There is little you can do if you are certain that the leaves are turning yellow owing to age. You may just wait for the plant to regenerate.

How to Prevent Jade Plant Leaves From Turning Yellow?

Now that I’ve covered all the causes and solutions, it’s time to discuss the factors that are most important to take into account to shield our jade plant from problems and encourage healthy growth.


Watering your jade plant correctly is crucial if you want to prevent the majority of problems that might arise. The plant will need more water in the spring and summer when it is actively growing, so water them well and then again when the soil is completely dry. Therefore, how frequently you water the jade plant will depend on how rapidly the soil dries out.


The ideal temperature range for jade plant growth is between 18 and 24 degrees Celsius. These plants are not cold hardy, so if you keep them outside, be careful to bring them inside during the winter.


Jade plants should be kept in bright indirect sunshine and should receive at least 6 hours of bright light every day. Your jade plant will grow lanky and top-heavy if you maintain it in low light.

Final Words


Guys, it was a long journey, and now it has come to an end. It makes me happy to be able to talk to you and provide you as much information as I can. I’m sure many of you who take care of Jade plants have run across the issues I just mentioned.

I made an attempt to thoroughly explain everything and to provide you both reasons why leaves become yellow as well as potential fixes. Simply reading this article will teach you everything there is to know about the topic. Therefore read it without hesitation.

I really do hope you enjoy it as much as I did. see you soon!

Further Reading

This section of the article includes links to numerous other articles that you may read as well. Read this post to learn how to boost the productivity of tomato plants, and then move on to another page to learn how to water hibiscus properly.

If you still can’t get enough, you may read this article to learn how to save a dying palm tree, and then go to another one to learn whether or not African violets can survive outside.

Natalia Michalska

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