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Name: Andrew T
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GuySucculents
Sep 11, 2019 1:14 PM CST
Hello everyone,

I need some advice on my jade plant. :)

Some quick background information, I got my jade plant from a local succulent nursery about a month and half ago, I have since re-potted into a slightly larger clay pot and used Dr. Earth Exotic Blend Cactus and Succulent Potting Mix. My jade has definitely grew from the day I brought it home. However, I noticed there were some brown spots/ bruises when I was selecting it in the nursery, but I didn't care much since this plant seems to be the biggest and has the most stems from the given selection.

Fast forward to present, I've noticed the brown spots/ bruises appeared on the new baby leaves that was developed recently, so it has raised my attention as whether or not my jade has some sort of plant virus? or is it over-watered? I've been misting it quite regularly for the past week as I've read online it is beneficial if the soil remain moist throughout summer, since summer is their active growing season.

Lastly, another question I have is how to encourage my plant to grow taller in terms of height? My jade have been developing lots of new leaves but didn't seem to grew in overall height. I noticed the stems are becoming brown as well, is that a sign of becoming "wood" alike and will start develop height soon?

Thank you guys for your time and I appreciate any help/ advice. Please see below for picture references.

Cheers,

Andrew

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 11, 2019 3:10 PM CST
Welcome!

Your Jade looks fine to me. The marks don't appear to be anything serious.

There is a difference between misting and watering. Jades need to be watered (not misted) when the top inch or so of soil is dry. The easiest way to tell if a Jade needs water is by feeling the leaves. Soft leaves means its needs water. Hard leaves, its ok. Try to find a spot with more direct sunlight - the leaf edges should be red. But, introduce your Jade to more sunshine slowly - you don't want to burn the leaves. In your area, Jades can live outside year 'round.
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Baja_Costero
Sep 11, 2019 5:15 PM CST
Daisy has given some good advice. The plant needs more light. The more, the better. It is impossible to provide too much light indoors. But be careful with outdoor sun until the plant has had time to build up resistance. And my approach to watering is to saturate the soil (100%) with water, until water comes out the hole at the bottom, and then wait for the soil to go mostly dry at depth before watering again. If the soil stays wet for too long, you increase the risk of rot.

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Name: Andrew T
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GuySucculents
Sep 11, 2019 6:18 PM CST
Thank you Daisy and Baja for you guy's advice, I really appreciate it! Hurray!
My jade was actually kept outside 2 weeks ago, until I discovered a mealybug crawling on the stem. So I've relocated the plant to indoor ever since. My Echeveria is still outside and doing great, just sort of strange how mealybug prefers jade plant over Echeveria. And yes! I will be sure to follow the proper watering guidance and a room that receives the most sunlight. nodding
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ctcarol
Sep 11, 2019 9:59 PM CST
Your jade will never thrive in the house, unless you have a sun room. Spray the plant with 1 part rubbing alcohol to 5 parts water to kill the mealies. Mealy bugs and scale love succulents...whether inside or out, but good air circulation helps. Just pay attention to them and spry as needed. I have a mixed hedge between my house (south side) and my neighbors driveway of Jades and Elephant bush. In 5 years I've never seen a pest on them, and they have to be cut back monthly for access to my utilities.
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Mardel
Sep 12, 2019 9:51 AM CST
@ctcarol I disagree, I have 2 huge jade plants that have always lived indoors by a window of course and they are huge. I fertilize mine with tomatoe fertilizer I know crazy but that's what I have used for years and my succulents have done great with it. Let the plant completely dry out ,dont mist , once spring comes back pull the Lower leaves off to thicken the trunk and encourage growth . Good luck


My jade plants look small in the pictures, this is only one of the 2 I have. They are 3 years old , the trick is the tomato fertilizer and pulling off the bottom leaves which are huge and thick...these are my pride and joy
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Name: Daisy I
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Sep 12, 2019 9:58 AM CST
@Mardel, please post a photo of your Jades.
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Baja_Costero
Sep 12, 2019 10:49 AM CST
Those pictures are informative and an interesting contrast to the plant in the original post. Thumbs up

If I were you Mardel, I'd be curious to set up an experiment with your two plants to test whether the fertilizer and leaf removal make a big difference. When you have two plants, you have the luxury of treating them differently, to see what effect that has on their growth. Only a side by side comparison really allows you to say how much a given treatment has the effect you predict.

My own bias, not being in your shoes and not having done a direct comparison, would be to think that regular fertilizer, especially in excess, is neither necessary not particularly helpful for indoor jades, which already tend to exhibit stretched growth. It may yield a greener plant, or a bigger plant, but not a low, tight, compact plant, which is what's going to be able to hold more weight in old age.

The plant in the picture is experiencing low light, which is not uncommon for indoor plants. Looking at the prickly pear right behind it (and closer to the window) I see a bunch of long, skinny, stretched stems, which is sort of a clue. I suspect the blinds may be cutting out some or most of the sun's rays which would otherwise be hitting the plants. The downward-pointing (droopy) leaves on the jade are another clue. They should point sideways or upward in strong light.

By all means, if you like the look, keep up the care, these are just notes from one perspective based on providing lots of sun and going for the most compact growth possible. Very strong, bright light will do more to thicken the stems (relative to their height) than anything else.
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Sep 12, 2019 11:13 AM CST
Baja_Costero said:Those pictures are informative and an interesting contrast to the plant in the original post. Thumbs up

If I were you Mardel, I'd be curious to set up an experiment with your two plants to test whether the fertilizer and leaf removal make a big difference. When you have two plants, you have the luxury of treating them differently, to see what effect that has on their growth. Only a side by side comparison really allows you to say how much a given treatment has the effect you predict.

My own bias, not being in your shoes and not having done a direct comparison, would be to think that regular fertilizer, especially in excess, is neither necessary not particularly helpful for indoor jades, which already tend to exhibit stretched growth. It may yield a greener plant, or a bigger plant, but not a low, tight, compact plant, which is what's going to be able to hold more weight in old age.

The plant in the picture is experiencing low light, which is not uncommon for indoor plants. Looking at the prickly pear right behind it (and closer to the window) I see a bunch of long, skinny, stretched stems, which is sort of a clue. I suspect the blinds may be cutting out some or most of the sun's rays which would otherwise be hitting the plants. The downward-pointing (droopy) leaves on the jade are another clue. They should point sideways or upward in strong light.

By all means, if you like the look, keep up the care, these are just notes from one perspective based on providing lots of sun and going for the most compact growth possible. Very strong, bright light will do more to thicken the stems (relative to their height) than anything else.



What works for me isn't necessarily for everyone..my bunny ears isn't leggy I was giving my experience with them take it or leave it. Leave it
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Sep 12, 2019 11:23 AM CST
My comments were meant in the most constructive way. Take them or leave them. Smiling
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Sep 12, 2019 11:47 AM CST
Two totally different posters.
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Name: Klara
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Klara333
Sep 12, 2019 1:44 PM CST
@Mardel Don't take this offensive, but your bunny ears cactus is etiolated. Pads should be round/egg shaped not tall and narrow.
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Mardel
Sep 12, 2019 1:57 PM CST
Klara333 said:@Mardel Don't take this offensive, but your bunny ears cactus is etiolated. Pads should be round/egg shaped not tall and narrow.
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I appreciate your approach..I'm not offended. Seeing your point I will make changes to its location..thank you.
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Sep 12, 2019 3:01 PM CST
You're welcome!
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DaisyI
Sep 12, 2019 3:24 PM CST
Mardel, you will have to put me on the ignore list too. I agree with everything Baja has said and will add, you will know when your Jade has enough light because the leaves will have red edges.

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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Sep 12, 2019 5:37 PM CST
Like this:



In all fairness that's an outdoor plant in full sun... you aren't going to see more than just a hint of red inside, most likely. Red is like a stress color (in a good way), and life indoors is much cushier than life outdoors, as a general rule.
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Mardel
Sep 12, 2019 5:41 PM CST
@Daisyl Thanks for sharing 😁

patriciaguev
Sep 14, 2019 8:03 PM CST
Hi! I live in Costa Rica, and I have all kind of different plants, including jades.


and there is nothing special care to do with them, except water , They reproduce by cutting small
branches or by leaves. Each live turns in a new plant. I have them either under sun (over 80F ) and
also like interior plant.
My name is Eve Smith.


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