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Cornik
May 19, 2020 3:21 AM CST
Please help advise. My jade plant started growing yellowing new leaf then the new leaf starting browning. Is this also due to root rot? I was watering once every 2 weeks and they are on an area with plenty of sunlight.
I took out the plant and air dried the roots for a couple of days. Is this enough? Thanks in advance!
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May 19, 2020 11:19 AM CST
Yes, return it back into fast draining cactus soil mix and leave it for a couple more days, then water with a very small amount of pure water like distilled or RO. No need to flood the pot with water just allow a little on top should do the trick. Keep the container small to better manage the watering cycles.
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May 19, 2020 11:51 AM CST
A yellow leaf, especially one at the top of the plant, does not indicate root rot. Those roots look fine. Hopefully, they are still alive after the un-potting and repotting. Wait a week to water then water as usual, using whatever water you usually use.
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May 19, 2020 12:07 PM CST
I would put it back in a well draining cacti mix and add a lot of pumice. The root system of jades are such, very small mass. Watering once every two weeks in your area is not bad, since there is too much humidity in the air. That is actually what jades hate..too much humidity. Nothing much to do about it, since it is a given tropical condition in Southeast Asia, so good airflow all over and fast drying mix is what you can give your plant.

When you repot, do not water right away, give time for roots to adjust again. Since you have seen how small the root mass is, use smaller container..maybe more wide mouth than deep containers, and improve your media.

No fertilizers, just keep it warm and dry for now. and water only as needed. It still needs watering, since it is a live plant that needs also moisture replenishment..but when air is too thick and heavy with moisture, it is making it more difficult for the plant, so leaf rot ensues faster.

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