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fostersays
May 4, 2020 12:16 PM CST
Hello,

I propagated a new tiny jade from a single fallen leaf. the leaf slowly withered away and finally detached last week. My problem is the new plant has barely grown in over a year and still hasn't settled proper roots. Images attached show size and approx coloration. Hope and think it's still alive and not just a fossil, also i'm not sure why it struggled to grow more leaves instead of increasing leaf size. What should I do to help this guy out? Thanks in advance.
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Name: Donald
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needrain
May 4, 2020 12:39 PM CST
IMO the little fellow was given too much water. They aren't large, they aren't fast growers in my experience, and the roots and lower stem in the 2nd photo look like they died - suffocation or rot - from staying too wet too long. All is not lost maybe. I think if you cut the dark ruined part of the lower stem of and let it dry out a day or two and then reintroduce it to a planting medium that is barely damp and be really, really careful about giving it water, I think it might recover, grow roots and start putting out new growth. They are resilient plants and often tough plants. But wait for someone else here to add their 2 cents worth. Lots of experienced and knowledgeable folks on this forum.
Donald
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tarev
May 4, 2020 12:56 PM CST
There is still potential for your little plant. I would improve the media level, it is too below the rim.
This plant has such shallow root mass, so it has to feel the warmth at the root area as well. It seems to take to long to dry out as well since the root zone is so compromised. Ideally using a shallow but wide mouth container is better. The one you have is still okay, but raise that soil level. If you do improve the media, do not water right away. Your plant has no viable roots yet. It needs to grow new ones. For the time being, it will utilize whatever is still stored in its leaves and stem. The best indicator that it is actively growing again is if it show you new leaf formations.

I do not know where you are located...but if your weather permits it, bring that plant out in a part sun area, so it can acclimate to outdoor levels and temperatures. The more light and warmth it can get, the faster growth improvement.

This is one of my cuttings before, I use a shallow but wide mouth container and as you can see, media is very gritty, since I leave them outdoors year round, rain or shine.:

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I finally got chicken grit, so I just improved the top dressing later on:
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