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Name: Britnay
Detroit Mi (Zone 6a)
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1hugaholic
Sep 15, 2016 3:12 PM CST
I've had this baby jade for about 5 years or more. it was 're-gifted to me
. Within the last Month or so it started dropping its peddles and looking like this. Can it be saved?
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Sep 15, 2016 4:50 PM CST
What has changed about its' environment or care? Has it been in the same soil the whole time?
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Name: Britnay
Detroit Mi (Zone 6a)
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1hugaholic
Sep 19, 2016 5:39 AM CST
It's normally indoors. I changed the soil last winter. It was over growing it's old pot, so I added some top soil and put it in a new pot.
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Sep 19, 2016 7:56 AM CST
It may have gotten sunburned by going from inside to a spot that looks like it would get a lot of direct sun. If it can get rained on, that could be a contributing factor too.

It sounds like its' last change regarding the roots/pot/soil was to be potted-up (putting an undisturbed root ball into a bigger pot surrounded by more soil) vs. being repotted (roots trimmed, old soil removed, replaced with new soil.) If that is what happened, I'm not surprised to hear it has become unhappy/unhealthy. Potting-up surrounds roots that had adapted to accessing oxygen with moist soil, and so often leads to rotted roots, more commonly known as an overwatered plant. The soil looks very dense, of very small particles, vs. chunky with larger particles.

Roots need oxygen & moisture at the same time to function. Just air = shriveling. Just moisture = suffocation & rotting. Either will cause root death and dessicated foliage because the roots have been unable to deliver moisture. Having to let soil dry, as if ones' tropical jungle plant was a cactus, is an unnecessarily stressful coping mechanism for non-desert dwelling plants in soil without enough oxygen for the roots to stay healthy when it is moist and can lead to premature loss of older leaves and in extreme cases, dry shriveled roots/dead plant.

The ability of roots to be able to function properly depends greatly on the soil structure/texture, which can change over time. Potting soil tends to be very dense, mostly peat, with very little air in it. Any kind of organic ingredients decompose into smaller bits over time, and roots fill air spaces over time as they grow through soil. Replacing soil periodically is usually necessary to keep plants healthy because of these reasons. A more porous, chunky, airy soil (like cactus/palm, if one is buying bagged,) can have more air in it even when it is moist because there is space between the particles. When there are tiny particles of any kind in a pot, such as peat, sand, silt, clay, they filter into all of the tiny spaces in a pot, eliminating the air. "Overwatering" is the label and manifestation when roots have suffocated and/or rotted, combo of both. Over time, organic bits decompose into smaller bits, so even the "best" soil, if it has organic components, will need to be replaced when this happens. The speed at which this happens depends on many variables, but on average, about 1-3 years.

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Name: Britnay
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1hugaholic
Sep 19, 2016 5:31 PM CST
I just put it outside last week because I saw it was dying and I was hoping it was just a lack of proper Sun.
Bummer. Probably can't bring this thing back can I?
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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Sep 19, 2016 6:03 PM CST
I agree with Tiffany. If your Jade started to look bad after you re-potted, its over-potted and, therefore, over-watered. Jades can live in an amazingly small pot. I would never pot up unless the plant is top heavy and falling over. Even then, I sometimes just drop a pot into a bigger, heavier pot or lean it on something. That pot looks enormous for the size Jade.

Dump it out and check carefully for rot. If you find rot, cut the rotten part off (yes, the roots) and re-root the stem tips. If you don't find rot, re-pot it into a smaller pot with soil especially formulated for cactus. Miracle Gro makes a good one. If you want a new pot, find one that's unglazed-on-the-inside terra-cotta. Nice and heavy and but still allows for some of the moisture to escape. Plastic and succulents (and cactus) just don't get along all that well.

A jade that is getting adequate light is very compact and the leaves have red edges. They have clusters of pinkish white flowers in the middle of winter. I hate to be unkind but yours was barely surviving before you transplanted it.
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Sep 20, 2016 7:57 AM CST
Well said. The only thing I could add is that if you need to cut anything, let the wound heal at least for a day before potting back up. When repotting, don't water for a day or 2, to allow root wounds to heal. And as well as allowing roots access to more oxygen, clay pots are heavier, and help prevent heavy plants like Jades from being more top-heavy as they would be in a same size plastic pot.
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Name: Deryll Keatting
Nevada, Ohio (Zone 5a)
Deryll
Sep 20, 2016 1:03 PM CST
Might I suggest that you cut off a couple of the smaller twigs, let them lay for a few days, and just plant them in a small pot, watering only occasionally until you begin to see new growth. If
by some chance you lose the big one, you will still have a start of the original. Using a rooting hormone will speed up the process.

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