Jade Plant Looking Bad After Trip

Q: I had a small jade plant but I went to Indonesia and now it’s looking pretty bad. It has two stems and a few little leaves hanging on. Is it dead? 

A: Jade plant is great for people like you who gallivant off to Indonesia at a moments notice! It is a succulent so it is able to store water in its leaves and stems. Growing outdoors in its native South Africa, it would dry out during a drought and restore itself when it rains. Water your puny plant and place it in a sunny window. I bet the stems and leaves will plump up and it will be well on the way to recovery in a few weeks, as long as you have no more long trips planned. But no long trips!

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