Houseplants forum: Can you help my jade recover?

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Name: Cora
Woodstock, IL
Jul 31, 2016 7:50 AM CST
I've had this jade plant about 10 years and am rather attached to it. It's moved with me across the country twice. In the past year or so, I had it in a room where it wasn't getting enough light. I saw the branches starting to droop, so I repotted it (thinking it needed that too, although from reading the forum I see that may have been a bad idea), and put it in a brighter spot. This is what it looks like now. Some of the branches are starting to break off. Is there any way to help this guy and get him to grow upright again? Can I break off the droopy branches and root them? Thank you for your help!
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Name: Sue Taylor
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Jul 31, 2016 9:15 AM CST
First I would check it for rot. Take it out of the pot and make sure the roots look strong, with no mushy-ness. If it looks OK I think you should do some serious pruning. Use a very sharp clean knife or tool, cut just above a node. I would take out those drooping branches. You can do it in stages if you're nervous.
Name: Tara
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Jul 31, 2016 10:45 AM CST
Hi, and Welcome! Cora... Another member had this same trouble not too long ago.
You may want to read through this thread, for some very good info.
Click this link... The thread "What is wrong with my jade plant?" in Ask a Question forum

Good luck with it!
Name: Will Creed
Professional interior landscaper
Aug 6, 2016 7:38 AM CST
Hi Cora - The weak growth and leaning stems have nothing to do with the soil, roots or pot size, so don't go there. Thick stems and leaves are a result of having lots of light exposure at the time those stems are formed. Older stems and leaves that are already small and thin will not become thicker and stronger by increasing the light now. But there is a solution - one that seems to terrify people and is so often neglected. It's called pruning.

Any of the leggy, leaning stems can be pruned back easily. Healthy new growth will emerge on the pruned stems just below the pruning cuts and grow upward from there. If that new growth is exposed to strong sunlight from the outset, then the new growth will be strong and sturdy. By pruning you get to control the way that the Jade grows and how it looks.

The pruned off cuttings can be rooted in water or in damp soil after being allowed to air dry over night.
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Name: Tiffany
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Aug 6, 2016 10:35 AM CST
Moving it to a spot with the most bright light you have available (if not already) would help it become more vigorous. Pruning removes that which is causing the plant to not look like you want it to, and doesn't need to be done at 1 time. You could do it gradually over a year or 2, so your plant doesn't have a time when it has no foliage at all, without which it can't photosynthesize.

Does the pot have a drain hole? If not, I'd move it to one that does as soon as practical. Unglazed clay pots can help reduce the risk of rotting roots because they are porous and roots can access much more oxygen in them.
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