Jade Plant Cuttings - Knowledgebase Question

Bellmore, NY
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Question by marafeig
May 20, 1999
I used your Q & A to start cuttings from an old jade plant that I think is failing.
The Q&A said to pot the cuttings in moist perlite. Should I water them?
How/ when will I know if they are ready to pot in soil?
It has been 2 weeks and I have not added additional water and they seem to be fine.

Answer from NGA
May 20, 1999
As you have noticed, jade plants are not as apt to dry out as some types of cuttings. You can in fact root new plants by simply placing a leaf on the soil surface and watering occasionally: in time roots will form, reach down into the soil and a new plant will grow. Cuttings, however, provide a nicer plant more quickly. In perlite or sand, you might simply use your finger to see if the mix has dried out. If so, water lightly often enough to maintain a barely damp root run to encourage rooting without causing the cuttings to rot. Once you see some active rooting (or the cuttings resist a gentle tug and seem anchored) you can transplant them into a somewhat sandy or well drained potting mix. Once transplanted, be sure not to overwater them at first. Good luck with your cuttings!

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