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Alexandria , Minnesota
Kleinsgreenthumb
May 15, 2020 5:57 PM CST
Should I repot this 7 year old jade? It's seems to be doing well but it's not in a very good pot.
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Name: Paula Benyei
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Turbosaurus
May 15, 2020 7:22 PM CST
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I have a similar plant. Uunless it shows me it needs to be repotted, by regular wilting, or (as mine is doing now) replacing leaves at a very slow pace, I would not even consider it.
Luckily mine just survived another indoor NY winter. I'll bring it outside to get decent light and see what happens...

Your plant has very dense green growth on new green stems.. I wouldn't even consider repotting. It looks great. Id keep it in the pot for the next 2-3 years. If it gets too big, prune it, root cuttings and give them to friends
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Alexandria , Minnesota
Kleinsgreenthumb
May 15, 2020 7:25 PM CST
Someone said if it had those little spider like sprouts coming out of the stems it was under stress it does have those , could that mean it needs more room?
Name: Paula Benyei
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Turbosaurus
May 15, 2020 7:45 PM CST
You're talking about roots that are growing from nodes.

I don't find that to be any indication of plant health, instead it's an indication of consistent shade... those branches aren't getting as much light as the rest of the plant.

Has nothing to do with overall plant health.
Dark makes roots. I always have roots on the shady side if I don't turn the plant regularly.
That's why it's so easy to root cuttings for friends/family
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Alexandria , Minnesota
Kleinsgreenthumb
May 15, 2020 7:56 PM CST
I've never pruned it should I prune it? I'm worried because the pot does not drain . I just lost a 30 year old jade from my husband's dad from root rot. But I've heard if you disturb them it could cause stress.
Name: Paula Benyei
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Turbosaurus
May 15, 2020 10:06 PM CST
Explain "pot doesnt drain..
Is it condensed aoil or do you teally mean this jade is in a pot without ANY drain holes
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Name: Paula Benyei
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Turbosaurus
May 15, 2020 10:10 PM CST
And no, you dont ever have to prune. You may want to eventually.

I have a 48" plant in an 8" pot. I often cut it quite a bit to get it out of my doorways in spring then back in in winter. Pruning is a matter of preferences
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Name: Paula Benyei
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Turbosaurus
May 15, 2020 10:16 PM CST
Im very concerned about drainage. You said the plant is 7 years old, but how long have you been responsible for its care?

Your experience is much more relevant than the age of the plant. Did you keep it alive for the last 7 years or was this a gift/inheritance that you are just starting to care for?
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Name: Paula Benyei
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Turbosaurus
May 15, 2020 10:18 PM CST
I dont want to condescend to an expert and I dont want to leave a newbie out on a limb. How long have you been taking care of it?
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Alexandria , Minnesota
Kleinsgreenthumb
May 16, 2020 4:16 AM CST
I've been in it's care for 7 years it's stared as just a sprout . The pot does not have any drain holes on the bottom.i guess I could hold it up and have my husband drill holes in it I believe it's a metal type pot🤷‍♀️
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tarev
May 16, 2020 4:27 PM CST
That is a good looking jade, though if those are independent trunks there, it does seem quite overcrowded.
I guess it will depend on one's preference, you can keep it as is. Seems it is managing it. If you want to repot some, it is as good time as any to do it, since it is Spring...or you can just leave it as is. They have such shallow root mass anyways, so they are doing well. The only thing is, the more branches it makes to reach out for more light, the more entangled all of them will be.

Though ideally I would separate them into their own individual containers and got to make the media much more grittier and well draining. I would then use a more wide mouth container than a deep one, and always with drain holes.

My Crassula ovata easily dominates one container and its trunk gets very fat too. But I do grow them outdoors year round so it has much better sun exposure and overall ventilation.

If your plant is grown indoors, just be careful with watering. That media does look too dense to me, but it seems the multiple Jade trees are sharing the moisture effectively so all are still doing well. Though it could certainly do with much more light access. The leaves are too deep green, which to me indicates it is not getting enough light.
Alexandria , Minnesota
Kleinsgreenthumb
May 17, 2020 5:57 AM CST
Yes since it's spring that's why I would consider repotting it I don't want to split it I would keep it as one plant . What about drilling holes in the pot? I'm just concerned about stressing it out Shrug!
Name: Paula Benyei
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Turbosaurus
May 17, 2020 5:11 PM CST
Kleinsgreenthumb said:I've been in it's care for 7 years it's stared as just a sprout . The pot does not have any drain holes on the bottom.i guess I could hold it up and have my husband drill holes in it I believe it's a metal type pot🤷‍♀️


Good, then you're a pro!
If you've had it right for 7 years in a pot with no drainage kudos... don't change anything. You have a very narrow tolerance for survival without drainage and you have obviously hit the sweet spot. If it ain't broke don't fix it. It works for you... it's perfect for your conditions

A lot of people are about to freak out over the no drainage, but if you balanced water needs this way for 7 years, it's clearly not a problem for you or your plant. Do not repot into a larger container without drainage.. that would be nearly a death sentence, but drilling holes in this one... why? You're more likely to drop it on its head than make a positive change...
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