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Alexandria , Minnesota
Kleinsgreenthumb
May 15, 2020 6:25 AM CST
I have take my 30 year old jade plant out of the pot and separated it out and cut a majority of the root rot away, the vines where the leaves are are very limp can it still be saved?On the larger branches I have not cut the roots yet.
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DaisyI
May 15, 2020 9:40 AM CST
Welcome!

The cut stem still shows rot. Healthy Jade stems are completely green - the brown ring is the rot. The rot travels from the roots to the entire plant by way of those rings in the stem. Keep cutting until there's no sign of any brown. Sterilize your knife in between each cut so you don't carry the rot to new parts of the cuttings. The best pieces to root are the smaller end pieces, about 6 inches long.

Leave your cuttings out of the pot for a few days to allow the cut ends to callous. Then pot them into small pots using cactus soil. Water sparingly until you see new growth (a sign there are roots).

The sections with roots may grow but, it depends upon whether the stems have rot or not.
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Alexandria , Minnesota
Kleinsgreenthumb
May 15, 2020 9:43 AM CST
Should I cut the stems with roots to see? The branches are stringing on those. Also will the stringing branches recover?
Alexandria , Minnesota
Kleinsgreenthumb
May 15, 2020 9:45 AM CST
I'm afraid I will loose most of this plantšŸ˜„
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 15, 2020 9:48 AM CST
Yes, you are going to lose most of this plant. I'm not sure what stringing is. Sorry!
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Baja_Costero
May 15, 2020 10:02 AM CST
I think the plant can be saved, but it will do better in the future (and grow stronger branches) if you can increase the amount of natural light it gets. You cannot provide too much light to this plant indoors.

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Alexandria , Minnesota
Kleinsgreenthumb
May 15, 2020 10:20 AM CST
The branches where the leaves are just limp so I don't know if I should start cutting the one big stalk with the roots still intact or not. I cut the other branch and no sign of green I ended up with just trimmings.
Alexandria , Minnesota
Kleinsgreenthumb
May 15, 2020 10:53 AM CST

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Are these still root rotted? Thank You!
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Baja_Costero
May 15, 2020 10:55 AM CST
They look good to me. Thumbs up
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Baja_Costero
May 15, 2020 11:33 AM CST
I'm not sure how large the top parts are on those cuttings, but it's important they be strong enough to stay upright on their own without too much help, otherwise you might want to selectively prune to improve stability. Give the cuttings a week or so in a place with good air flow before you pot them up, and then wait another week or two after that point to water for the first time. When you pot up the cuttings, try not to bury too much stem. Maybe half an inch is good, more than that less so. You might have to stake or tie them to keep them vertical for a little while.

My perspective on this plant is different from yours due to our extremely mild climate (jades are everywhere here in the ground and they are mostly ignored and do fine). But when I have to start a plant from a cutting, I try to view it as an opportunity to shape the future of the plant. Sometimes it's a relief just to reduce the overall size, making the pot more portable and easier to lift, and then I can enjoy the process of it getting bigger over time just as much as I might have enjoyed it the first time. Smiling For me it's more about the journey than the destination.
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DaisyI
May 15, 2020 1:29 PM CST
Kleinsgreenthumb said:
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Are these still root rotted? Thank You!


Unless you let them air dry for awhile before you took the photo, yes, still rotted. See the brown?
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tarev
May 15, 2020 1:38 PM CST
Kleinsgreenthumb said:
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Are these still root rotted? Thank You!


It also looks good and viable to me, I would dip it slightly with cinnamon and set it aside to dry out and callus.
I have seen far worst and they bounce back. Timing is okay, at least it is Spring, light levels are getting stronger and duration longer. Just keep them in a bright light area for now, and keep them warm. Got to encourage root formation first. Don't let it get rained on. If it is rainy outdoors, just keep it indoors but in a bright light/south facing window area.
Alexandria , Minnesota
Kleinsgreenthumb
May 15, 2020 4:22 PM CST
Thank You!

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