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Denver, Colorado
Taylor_W19
Jun 9, 2020 2:00 PM CST
I am begging for advice! I have a 12-14 year old jade plant that has been healthy until recently. I recently repotted in a mixture of soil, sand and perlite. The plant began to droop and sag and I noticed a couple of branches were soft and appeared pinched. After removing the branches, I found them to be hollow and black inside.

From my web searches, I believe it to be bacterial soft rot (though I am not positive and cannot find images to support this). Is it possible to treat this plant? How can I stop this from happening?

It may seem silly but this is so much more than a houseplant. This is the only surviving plant from my husband's late father's collection. In many ways it feels like our only living connection to my father-in-law who was lost too young, nearly ten years ago. I am terrified I have killed this plant and am willing to try anything to keep this alive for my husband. Please help. Any advice is appreciated.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 9, 2020 2:06 PM CST
Welcome!

That doesn't look good. Can you post photos of the rest of the plant? What kind of light does it get? After you repotted, did you water immediately? Does the soil dry quickly?
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Denver, Colorado
Taylor_W19
Jun 9, 2020 2:13 PM CST
Thank you for responding!

I did water immediately after replanting. The soil does seem to drain and dry quickly. I have watered once a week don't a complete soak and allowing water to drain from the bottom. (Replanted approximately a month ago.)

Here are some additional photos. You can see the whole plant is drooping. The following are images from the main trunk where rotten branches were removed.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 9, 2020 2:37 PM CST
Your Jade hasn't been getting enough sun, you can see that by the wide spaces between the leaves and the drooping branches.

Unfortunately, the Jade is not rotting. It might have been caused by watering immediately after repotting and then watering on a schedule instead of when the planted needed water. I doubt the Jade needed watering once a week in low light and that large a pot.

Where were the limbs with black and the shrivels attached in the plant? The green stub in #4 attached? I can't tell from your photos where the rot is and how it relates to the rest of the plant. Closeups don't help unless I can tell where on the plant they came from. Maybe you can move the plant so its not backlit and take more photos?

Try taking some cuttings from the branch with the black end. Use a sharp knife and start cutting sections off the stems, working from the bottom of the plant towards the top. In between each cut, sterilize you knife with alcohol, you don't want to spread the rot. The stem inside should be completely green with no brown. Smaller cuttings root more easily than larger.

Let your cuttings dry for about a week than plant them in barely damp cactus soil with added perlite. If you use regular potting soil, add half perlite (leave the sand out). Let the soil dry completely then water. Jade cuttings root quickly so you should see new growth in a month or so.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org

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