wrinkled leaves on jade plant

I’m sure your jade plant was growing and doing extremely well. Until one day you look at your jade plant succulent and you notice that the leaves are a bit wrinkled? That’s weird. A couple weeks or days ago your jade plant had healthy thick stems and fleshy green and red leaves.

All of a sudden your jade plant now has wrinkled leaves. Why does your jade plant now all of a sudden have wrinkled leaves that are also shriveled? 

By the end of this article you will know why your jade plant now has wrinkled leaves and how to fix this issue.

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For preventing wrinkled leaves on jade plant you need to water your jade plant more often and you will need good soil specifically for a jade plant. This succulent soil right here will get rid of wrinkled leaves and will prevent your jade plant from getting wrinkled leaves.




Yes, if your jade plant succulent is underwatered, it will let you know by having wrinkled and shriveled leaves. Jade plant succulents store water in their leaves after receiving it, which will allow them to live through droughts or long periods of time without water.

Your jade plant succulent is simply begging for water and it’s dehydrated. This is why the leaves on your jade plant succulent are wrinkled and shriveled. It needs water! Just like most succulents their leaves will start to get wrinkled or dry when they aren’t getting enough water. This is why it’s very important to keep track of the exact last time you watered your succulents!


If you overwater your jade plant succulent then it will most likely experience yellow and wrinkled leaves. If your jade plant succulent has yellow or wrinkled leaves then it must be overwatered.

It’s most likely experiencing root rot, which is the #1 most common reason why a succulent will die. Root rot is very hard to cure and once your succulent has it, it’s very hard to fix root rot and get your succulent back on track.

So if your jade plant succulent is experiencing yellow and wrinkled leaves then it most likely does have root rot all because of overwatering.

Now, how do we fix these yellow and wrinkled leaves?



What's very important to fix wrinkled leaves on your jade plant is to use well-drained succulent soil with nutrients. Well-drained succulent soil is much needed when growing jade plants and it could also be why your jade plant has wrinkled leaves. Without well-drained succulent soil the soil could be staying wet for several days, this will allow overwatering. 

Overwatering causes wrinkled leaves very easily and overwatering mostly happens due to bad soil that's not well-drained. It's very important to use well-drained succulent soil. This will allow the soil to dry at a very fast rate, while giving your jade plant the water it needs. It's also great to use succulent soil loaded with nutrients, this will also get rid of wrinkled leaves on a jade plant very easily. 

We use Ramsey Succulent Soil when growing Jade plants and it helps avoid wrinkled leaves. It is well-draining with sand and perlite and it’s loaded with nutrients, having seaweed fertilizer. Seaweed has 60 trace minerals and nutrients, so your jade plants will grow faster, stronger, healthier, and of course avoid wrinkled leaves when using Ramsey Succulent Soil.




Wrinkled jade plant leaves are very easy to fix. Just make sure you water your jade plant succulent to the point where its roots are receiving the water. Also make sure you water your jade plant succulent 1-2 days a week.

Also water your jade plant succulent when the soil is super dry. You can see or feel the dry soil, simply dig your finger into the soil. If the soil feels very dry then go ahead and water your jade plant succulent.

Make sure you keep track of the exact last time you watered your jade plant succulent. Also just keep an eye out and look for underwatering symptoms. Those would just be dry/wrinkled leaves. 

Your jade plant succulent will never experience dry/wrinkled leaves ever again if you just keep an eye on it, and  water it 1-2 days a week or when the soil is dry! Do this and your jade plant succulent will never experience wrinkled leaves ever again.



To fix these yellow and wrinkled leaves (basically root rot), you will have to unpot and then repot the succulent.

You have to unpot the succulent, then let the succulent roots dry out on a paper towel for 1-2 days until the roots are completely dry. You must do this because the succulent has root rot, the succulent roots has way too much water.

The overwatering led the succulent roots to have mold and bacteria, which is root rot. That mold and bacteria is eating the succulent roots which will give your jade plant the yellow and wrinkled leaves.

So let the roots dry out completely. Once the roots are completely dry, then go ahead and repot the jade plant in a new pot, with also new fast/well draining succulent soil.

That’s it!

So your jade plant has wrinkled leaves all because it’s underwatered or overwatered!

If your jade plant is underwatered then you will see wrinkled and dry leaves. Make sure to give it enough water and water it 1-2 days a week or when the soil looks or feels super dry.

If your jade plant was overwatered then you will start to see the plant show yellow and wrinkled leaves. The jade plant most likely has root rot and must be treated immediately. Follow the steps we provided to fix your jade plant from root rot.


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Michael Wham

Michael Wham

Mold on my jade plants are killing my entire collection of 50 plants ranging from 3 years old to 20 years old. Can you offer a solution to kill the mold before they all perish. Thank you Mike



Thank you so much for the info on what might be the cause of my problem with my jade plant. It was very informative and helpful. Thanks again
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