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Cologne, North Rhine Westphali
Apr 30, 2020 12:58 PM CST
A jade plant specialist on the forum said that he never gave fertilizer to his jades. Another member maintained that she did fertilize her plants. I have a jade which is at least 8 years old and appart from repotting it once last year (in special soil for succulents) I have only given it water. It grows well and has nice densely packed leaves with little internodal space and even new leaves growing from the main stems now that it has much more light. IE it's no longer top heavy but bulking out nicely. So I was wondering with all the new growth, whether it would be a good idea to give it some fertilizer. I would very much appreciate your advice.
Many thanks in advance,
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Apr 30, 2020 5:41 PM CST
Hi Christina,

You answered your own question: Your plant is doing great without fertilizer.

Fertilizing plants is highly overrated and fertilizer is way overused. I don't bother.
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Apr 30, 2020 5:44 PM CST
I would argue that more important than a yes or no on this question would be how much. If you do fertilize, use a low dose (50 ppm N, or about 1/4 of the recommended strength on many formulations) and be sure to flush with excess water when you do water.

I fertilize my containerized jade plants at a very low dose with every watering, but they are in full sun year round.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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Apr 30, 2020 6:26 PM CST
I would have to say that if you repot in fresh medium every year, you probably are giving it all it needs.
Cologne, North Rhine Westphali
Apr 30, 2020 10:52 PM CST
Thank you Daisy, Baja and Carol for your three very different answers which, please correct me if I have misunderstood, taken together tell me everything. So no fertilizer now as the plant is thriving, probably from the minerals in the new soil from last year. But when it seems to have "run out of juice" give it fertilizer as Baja suggested.
Best wishes and a big thank you,
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