The Q&A Archives: Jade plant

Question: I have a very old jade plant that is starting to rot (per the local greenhouse employees). All the leaves are drying up and falling off and the branches are becoming soft and spongy. I changed the soil to a cactus soil and re-potted the plant in a clay pot. I only water the plant once a week. There are a few new tiny areas of green growth, but the rest of the plant is really suffering. What can I do to save my jade plant? Thank you.

Answer: Too often, once root rot has set in due to overwatering or poorly drained soil, the plant continues to deteriorate even though the conditions have been corrected. Based on your description I think you have done the best that can be done. There is a possible exception of watering even less often, in that if the plant is rotting and unable to use much moisture it will need even less of it. Ideally you would water just before the foliage begins to show signs of dehydration (faint wrinkling and a dull color.) You might also consider taking a few tip cuttings to salvage a clone of the original plant in case the worst happens. I'm really sorry about your plant.

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