Wrinkled jade plumps quickly
We envy a jade's powers of hydration
Jade trees (Crassula ovata) have succulent leaves,
probably in answer to managing in the dry, cool winters of its
south African home. As houseplants, they're also healthier if kept
drier and cooler when the days are short. So we water in winter
only when their leaves flatten and even wrinkle a bit.
Below, left: Leaf of a jade ready for water.
Below, right: Same leaf 48 hours later, after we moistened the
plant's root zone.