Southern Living (USA) - - The Grumpy Gardener -

› I re­ceived a jade plant about 15 years ago, and it has got­ten quite large. It’s started drop­ping leaves— as much as a hand­ful a day. We’ve tried fer­til­iz­ing with Ep­som salts and giv­ing it more light, but noth­ing has worked. What can we do to save it? —JOE

» Jade plant is a suc­cu­lent that stores wa­ter in its fo­liage. Drop­ping leaves mean that it’s get­ting too much wa­ter. You need to al­low the soil to go dry in be­tween wa­ter­ings. Don’t fer­til­ize in win­ter—plants go dor­mant then and don’t need the nu­tri­ents.

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