Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Help! Jade plants dying?

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Jun 16, 2016 9:58 AM CST
Hello everyone,

I'm relatively new to gardening and today I walked outside to check on my plants and found that all three of these stems had fallen over. I've seen root rot before, but this confuses me because the end of the stems is still firm, but the middle is mushy and soft. What caused this? Is there a way to keep my plants alive? I've had the jade for over a year and this is the first problem I've had with it. Confused

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Name: Gene Staver
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Jun 16, 2016 10:59 AM CST
Probably not what you want to hear, but I'd give up on rescuing this one. Jade are so common you'll be able to find another for sale at a lot less then the effort, time it might take to spend on this one. Gene
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Jun 16, 2016 11:10 AM CST


If you want to try to keep the plant going, you can restart the healthy parts that are left as cuttings. Use a clean knife to cut across the stem through healthy tissue above the soft part, allow to dry out for a couple of days, and plant in soil.

To figure out what went wrong (and to proceed with a healthy cutting), it would be helpful to know what kind of exposure and water the plants were getting. Was there something in particular which seemed to trigger the problem?
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Jun 16, 2016 1:36 PM CST
IDK why but all 3 stems have an abnormal looking puckered spot, mid-stem. Are those the mushy spots?
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Jun 16, 2016 3:36 PM CST
I keep all my Jades in a very porous soil. 3/4 grit 1/4 mixture of compost and perlite. Right now in my area they love more water and this is their growing season. Come another month or so, I will have to cut way back on water. The gritty soil helps keep the roots airy.

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