Houseplants forum: Jade Plant

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Indianapolis (Zone 5b)
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Shade
Apr 26, 2015 7:51 AM CST
I have a jade plant that will be 9 years old this June. It's over 3 feet tall and about 4 feet wide. It's trunk is nearly 5 inches in diameter at its widest. I will upload a picture. Here is my question. It has always shed leaves and the occasional branch. over the years. The other day it shed a small pencil sized branch and when it did the sap keeps flowing out of this branch. It has been flowing since it fell off a few days ago. It has never done this before. I have put a piece of paper towel around it to try and stop the flow but now the paper towel is soaked. The trunk is not soft or mushy or the branch that is effected. I just can't stop the sap from flowing. Does anyone have any ideas what might be wrong?





Name: Gita Veskimets
Baltimore or Nottingham MD-212 (Zone 7a)
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gitagal
Apr 27, 2015 10:01 AM CST
That is one beautiful jade--and healthy looking.

This will be just a guess.......
Perhaps the soil is too wet? And succulents do store water--so, if there is
too much water in the system--would it be seeping out through the wound?

If this is the case--allow the jade to dry out completely. It can take it.
Many succulents need not be watered more than, maybe, once a month.
Your pot is large, so there is a lot of soil in it--which = too much moisture.

As I said--this is just a guess.....Gita
Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 27, 2015 10:30 AM CST
I usually just let that open wound of the plant air dry, and not cover it. It will eventually heal.

Yes, the plant does shed leaves especially at this time as it transitions from its old winter leaves and grow new ones.

Can you try and dab cinnamon on the open wound of the plant? And just keep the plant dry for now.
Indianapolis (Zone 5b)
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Shade
Apr 27, 2015 5:06 PM CST
Yes I have thought of that. It was outside for about a week in a rainstorm...the soil is wet. I brought it back in because the temps dropped here in Indiana, however I will set it back outside this coming weekend, hopefully for the summer. I have just never had my jade do this before for so long. It has been leaking for over a week and wouldn't stop. I have since found a solution. I have capped the wounds with wax. I think that has solved the problem. I started it by pulling up a one inch plant out of my moms pot 9 years ago and it has grown into a monster. I would really be one sad guy if I lost it. Thanks for the suggestions guys!! And yes Gita I would love to downsize my pot...but really have no idea how I could manage that. I have kept it in the same pot now for about 3 years and just brush off some exterior dirt and renew the soil now instead of a bigger pot. There is no way I will put it in a larger pot!!!
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tarev
Apr 27, 2015 7:20 PM CST
You may also try and add more perlite or pumice in the soil, to allow faster drainage. Root ball of Crassula ovata is not big, so if it were mine, I would remove some of the soil and mix in perlite and pumice, so that when it rains again, the soil does not hold too much water.

I think the size of your container is okay, since that plant is quite big and matured already, anything smaller will just topple it, putting it in a bigger container I would not recommend either. But I would definitely do some changes with its soil.
Indianapolis (Zone 5b)
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Shade
May 1, 2015 4:07 AM CST
Thanks Tarev! Pulling Jadezilla out of his pot is a major task. I will look into that.
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drdawg
May 2, 2015 6:47 AM CST
Large jades are extremely heavy and to make matters worse, those leaves will be easily broken off when handling such a large plant. For me at least, when I have these large jades (and I have had several over the years), I scoop out perhaps 4-6" of the top-soil and replace it with extremely well-draining potting mix (cactus mix). You are going to disturb some roots but the jade will quickly recover.
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Shade
May 9, 2015 10:47 AM CST
Thanks DrDawg. I have transplanted my jade several times over the years and it gets more difficult with each change. I will probably not transplant him again but just change the soil ever couple of years. My jade weighs about 90 pounds. I have never used cactus/succulent soil but always used regular potting soil and it has prospered quite well, however I feel I really should replace some with a sandy based soil just to insure the roots don't rot.
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drdawg
May 9, 2015 12:19 PM CST
Best of luck. It is really, really hard to kill a jade. I "kill" my large ones by leaving them out in the winter. Well, I don't actually do the "killing", Mother Nature does that. I am her accomplice. Whistling
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