Jade plants are known for being low-maintenance plants that perform well in low-light conditions and can easily tolerate drought. However, this does not mean that you can go without watering your Jade plant entirely.
And in winters you need to take special care of their watering needs. Make sure they are neither underwatered nor overwatered. An easy way to ensure proper watering in winters is to check the soil regularly to see how much moisture it holds and then give your jade plant some water accordingly.
Jade plants need less water in winter than in summer. You might even want to completely stop watering your Jade plant for the rest of the year.
Why? Because when all those cold nights and days arrive, your Jade plant will go dormant. When a plant goes into dormancy, it doesn’t require a lot of light or water to keep growing, so it stops producing new leaves. This will help it survive through the winter months.
The only thing you have to care about Jade plants is their watering cycles.
Summers are easy to go for, but you have to be cautious about how much water you provide to the plant in winters. This article talks in detail about the water requirements of Jade plants in winters. Read to find out their watering cycles:
Watering the Jade plant in winters
- In winters, the Jade plant becomes dormant or enters a slow phase where there is no growth. Consequently, its water requirements are less. You can let the soil completely dry between consecutive watering sessions.
- Large Jade trees that are well established do not need water during their entire dormancy period.
- However, if the leaves appear droopy, it indicates the plant needs more water. So observe your plant before watering. On the other hand, if the leaves are becoming soggy, it indicates your plant is getting more water than required.
- Be careful not to splash water on the leaves of the Jade plant while watering. It may lead to rot in a humid environment.
- Check if your tap contains too much salt. If so, avoid watering with tap water; instead, use filtered water.
In winter, Jade plants can go for a long time between watering. You should water your plant until the soil is moist but not wet (this usually corresponds to when water runs out of the bottom of the container). If you keep it in your home, make sure that its pot has drainage holes so that it doesn’t sit in a pool of stagnant water.
In addition to checking up on the soil’s moisture level, look at its color: is it turning darker brown? If so, then now might be a good time for an extra watering session!
Water it until the soil is moist but not saturated. Overwatering can cause root rot and other damage to your Jade plant more often than this.
You can cut back on watering the plant to once every 2-4 weeks during the winter.
As your Jade plant enters winter, you’ll want to reduce the frequency of its waterings. The soil should remain moist but not soggy, as this can cause root rot. The best way to ensure that your Jade plant is receiving enough moisture is by testing the soil before watering it.
To test for moisture levels, insert a screwdriver into the topsoil; if it slides in easily down to about an inch from touching the bottom with just a little bit of resistance, you’re good to go! If you need more help in determining how much water your plant needs during this time, you can use a hygrometer.
If your Jade has gone into bloom, don’t worry about watering too much because flowers require very little care compared with other parts of their lives, such as active growth or dormancy, which require plenty of attention and proper hydration during these periods respectively.
If the plant feels dry, water it until the soil is moist but not saturated.
If you think your Jade plant needs to be watered more often than once every three weeks or so, check its soil for signs of moisture. If it’s dry, then water; if it’s wet or moist, let the plant go another day without needing a drink.
If you’re unsure about whether or not to water your Jade plants at all in wintertime, let them sit for a day or two without any watering whatsoever—if they don’t need any more water after that period has passed (and they won’t be visibly droopy), then they shouldn’t need any additional watering until spring comes around again!
You mustn’t over-water your Jades during these cold months—if you do so and allow their soil to become soggy at all times during wintertime (or anytime else). Rot will eventually set in and kill them off altogether.
In hot climates, Jade requires more watering.
However, if you live in a warm climate, you may want to water your Jade plant more often than once every two weeks. But in cold climates, it’s best to water less often than once every two weeks—especially during the winter months. The frequency of watering depends on the temperature and humidity of your home.
Moreover, when it comes to watering Jade plants, there’s no one size fits all rule; it depends on whether they’re indoors or outdoors and their environment’s specific conditions (temperature/humidity).
As long as they’re kept at room temperature between 60°F-75°F (16°C-24°C), they’ll thrive without much attention required from their owners aside from occasionally misting them with water or giving them light fertilizer treatments every few months!
The soil should be dry between waterings.
The soil should be dry between waterings. If it gets too wet, root rot can occur, which will kill your Jade plant in no time. On the other hand, if the soil is allowed to dry out completely, your Jade plant may wilt and die.
Water Jade plants every two weeks during winter, and use your fingers to check how dry the soil is. Water the plant until water runs out of the bottom of the container. If you feel that your Jade plant is pretty dry, water it until you see some moisture coming out of its roots. Then let it drain completely before putting it back on its stand or pot.
If you constantly have to re-water your Jade plant because it’s too wet, stop watering for a few days after watering with 1/4 inch of plain water (no fertilizer). This will give time for your Jade to absorb some more nutrients from its soil before being watered again with 1/4 inch of plain water (no fertilizer).
That’s it. No matter what climate you live in, you can care for your Jade plant effectively and confidently. And remember: if you’re ever unsure of how to care for it, just check the soil!