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Krochon
Oct 24, 2021 9:25 AM CST
Hello! When my grandmother passed I inherited her Jade plant. It was in rough shape but it got a lot better. Now all of a sudden it's getting into rough shape again. The roots are very fragile and pieces keep coming off but there also seems to still be new growth on them? Any advice on what to do to bring this plant back to life? I've never been good with house plants 😔 thank you in advance
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 24, 2021 11:20 AM CST
Welcome!

That is a really big Jade! The message its trying to send is there aren't enough roots to support the top. Its sacrificing old leaves and branches to support new growth. The first thing you need to do to rescue it is find it a sunny sunny window and maybe even add grow lights. Without sun it can't photosynthesize so can't use moisture in the soil or support new growth. What kind of soil is it in? That's a big deep pot so the soil may be staying too wet too long. That will cause roots to rot and even more branch drop. How do you determine when to water? In winter with low light, water consumption will be minimal.

Its time to develop a backup plan. Instead of tossing green aborted parts, plant them.
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