Are you planning on buying a bonsai? You may want to consider getting a jade bonsai, as they’re great for beginners. These beautiful succulent plants with fleshy branches and rounded leaves are hardy house plants. 

What’s even more interesting about them is that you can grow a bonsai tree up to 5 feet in height with just one leaf of this succulent. They also don’t ask for much water and will readily thrive in bright indirect light. 

As much as it can grow out of a single leaf, your jade bonsai may also start dropping leaves occasionally. It is usual for it to drop older leaves. However, if you notice your plant losing more leaves than it should, you may need to check for possible problems in your watering, temperature, light conditions, or pests.

This article will run you through the various reasons your bonsai plant may lose leaves.


Common Reasons Your Jade Bonsai May Lose Leaves

There are several reasons why your jade bonsai may lose leaves. Some common causes include the following:

  • Transferring the Plant Indoors or Outdoors: You may have brought your bonsai inside your house when the weather got too chilly or too hot. This change can shock it and cause it to lose leaves. 

    If you move your plant indoors, you may notice dark green and soft leaves due to the decreased light levels. On the other hand, you may see leaf scorch due to direct sunlight if you move it outdoors.

  • Lacking Light: When your plant has too little light, it will grow leggy in an attempt to get more sunlight. This makes its branches too thin, and its leaves may start to drop. You can move your plant near a window or add grow lights or CFL bulbs.

  • Overwatering: Your plant may start to yellow when you give it too much water or don’t put it in a pot with enough drainage holes. This will make the soil soggy and cause its roots to rot.


Cut off the affected roots and branches before repotting your plant in a potting mix meant for cacti. Make sure to reduce watering, especially during the winter season.

  • Plant Diseases: If your plant is in a humid place or is constantly watered, it can become sick due to fungi. The stems and the base of the plant may become mushy and soft.

  • Pests: Your bonsai may look tasty to scale insects and mealybugs. This can leave a sticky residue that promotes mould growth.

  • Underwatering: Although it needs less water, it’s not healthy for your plant to completely dry out either. Make sure to water your plant thoroughly every time the top of the soil dries out. 


Plant Conditions That Can Affect the Jade Bonsai

While jade bonsais are relatively carefree, certain conditions may make them prone to plant diseases. For areas with high humidity or in cases of overwatering, you may notice mould growth.

If you see black mould, this may be due to excessive humidity and a lack of sunlight. You can wipe your plant with soapy water to get rid of the mould and put it in an area with more sunlight.

If you see grey or white covering the soil in your plant, this is mould from over-watering or too many fertilisers. You can reduce the fertiliser and water you give your plant.



As you can see, there are several reasons why your jade bonsai may lose leaves. Some of the reasons are preventable, while others are not. Still, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

If you notice any of the problems mentioned above, you should pay attention to your plant. Keep its environment healthy, and you’ll have a beautiful jade bonsai for years to come.

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