Jade Plant Losing Leaves

Hi Judy,

I am sure that this is a common indoor plant but I can’t find it anywhere on the web and I am slowly killing it. Can you please help me identify this plant and provide instructions on how to bring it back to life? Thanks Judy – your website is awesome!

Hi Dani,

Your plant is a succulentLearn how to grow and care for succulent plants at Houseplant411.com called a Jade Plant. This plant needs 2 mains things and it will do well, bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. and dry soil. If you do not allow the soil to just about totally dry out before you water, leaves will constantly fall off. You can tell the plant really needs water when the leaves become flat, dull looking, and a little soft. As you can see in your picture, the leaves are plump and shiny. When in doubt, do not water!!! You can read all of my care tips for a Jade Plant in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.