Posted 10M ago by @srdesigns

How do I get rid of the white spots on my jade? #Jade
I’ve tried to wipe them off with a damp cloth and that got a lot of them but I couldn’t get it all. Other than the white spots it seems really healthy and is growing. What are those white spots?
1ft to light, direct
4” pot with drainage
Last watered 1 week ago
What does it look like? Pictures?
I can’t post a picture here now. But if you click on the plant card there is a picture
Hey @srdesigns 👋 Those might just be mineral deposits. They def don’t look like anything too concerning. Do you know if you have hard water in your area?
@Kiersten okay thanks. Not sure if I have hard water but I always put water in a watering bucket and let it sit for 24 hours before using it to water my plants. I was concerned this white dots were a kind of mold I read about from over watering. But I give the Jade very little water so I don’t think it’s that
Hello @srdesigns I used to have the same on my jade! It’s what @Kiersten suggested mineral deposits from hard water. Letting your water sit doesn’t reduce calcium content. I’d suggest rainwater if you have a way of harvesting it or passing your water through a water filter.
@squiggle I live in an apartment in a city so rainwater is out. Maybe I’ll invest in a filter. I always have distilled water on hand to use in my iron otherwise it builds up the white calcium. Could I use the distilled water to water the Jade?
@srdesigns I should think so. Not an expert on this but I think that distilled water really has no nutrients or minerals whereas a filter might leave some (?). So presumably with distilled water you’d need to be more mindful of feed/refreshing soil for the plant to get nutrients. Maybe it’s the same with filtered water. Anyway, test would be to wipe it all off with something like hand sanitiser then see if the spots come back. I have a Brita and it seems to have made a difference to the jade but also a calathea (leaves were burning into brown). Though I just looked at your profile and you have one so if your calathea is happy then that’s cool… and maybe your water isn’t as hard as mine!
@squiggle I just got the calthea yesterday so I haven’t watered it yet. It was my moms and she is moving so she gave it to me ☺️ so I guess I should be wary of that one too. I’ll look into it. Thanks for your help!
Ah! That makes sense then! Yea calathea likely more sensitive than the jade but that’s an awesome present.

By the way the salt deposits are fine, it’s sweating them out because it doesn’t need them and it’s not doing anything to the plant so no real rush.
@squiggle btw, that calthea that I mentioned I just got from my mom belonged to my great grandmother. It’s a very old plant ❤️
I have some offshoots that I propitiated and one of them did this also, looks like a stain on the leaves but doesn’t appear to be causing any issues. I’d say just leave it for now if it’s doing fine otherwise. Remember you only need to water every 30 days or so in winter as Jade is very robust.
@srdesigns it’s a fungus. You can use Neem oil on it.
@srdesigns It looks like salt deposits. It doesn’t hurt the plant at all. Wipe the leaves gently with a damp cloth and it should restore their appearance. You could use filtered water and see if it helps, but u wouldn’t worry too much about it. You can just clean off the leaves every few months if you don’t like the white spots.
I had that and switched to using only rain water and it helped.
@Judy it is probably my water and mineral deposits. But I can’t switch to rain water. I live in the middle of a city in a large building and have no balcony

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