Houseplants forum: Leaning stems

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Sep 7, 2016 11:15 AM CST
My jade plant is very healthy... or though it seems to be. I rarely ever move it. But once every in a while it gets turned, or moved for adjusted between other growing plants around it. Over night after doing so my Jade will hang right over all the way to the side. I stake it for a few months and then it rights itself... Just the other day after I turned it for some sun and it's hanging over very heavey.
This Jade is very large, with very thick sturdy stems... Why? Anyone? Why random dropping stems??
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Sep 7, 2016 11:33 AM CST
Looks like its on steroids. Grownin like crazy ! Its top heavy. Pruning will solve the problem. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Sep 7, 2016 1:19 PM CST
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It doesn't appear to be well rooted in its pot. Could it be leaning on something and when you move it, you take away whatever that support was? I would stake it permanently.

It would benefit from more light also.
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Name: Tara
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Sep 7, 2016 2:04 PM CST
DaisyI said: I would stake it permanently.

It would benefit from more light also.

I agree wholeheartedly! Definitely would benefit from more light/Sun!

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Name: Lin
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Sep 7, 2016 6:43 PM CST
Your Jade Plant (Crassula ovata) looks healthy but as Daisyl suggested, I wonder if the roots are well rooted in the pot? You can easily stake it to keep it upright until it's root system is strong enough to support the trunk and stems. And I also agree that higher light will be beneficial.
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Name: Laurie b
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Sep 7, 2016 11:32 PM CST
I would take off the tops and repot them, pruning them back to encourage branching as well. , so they don't go through life on those long bare stems. They don't look like they could ever carry the weight of much more growth. This would totally be the last thing I would want to do, if I was you; but it will allow you to get that plant straight and sturdy again. The stems left in your original pot will put out nice new plants too, and you will have two big strong Jade plants. More light will encourage the leaves to grow more closely together. Staking will do a lot, but won't be as attractive, in my opinion. Good luck with whatever you do.

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Name: Will Creed
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Sep 10, 2016 9:57 AM CST
A plant that requires propping is a plant in need of pruning. Stakes are a temporary solution that look ugly and only have to be replaced later with even longer stakes. Pruning is the most neglected part of plant care because so many folks are convinced they will kill their plants if they prune incorrectly. In fact, pruning has no affect on the health of a plant; it only alters its appearance. Most plants will put out healthy new growth just below the point on any stem where you make the pruning cut. It's not hard or complicated.

For all of you who have plants propped up with stakes, ties or leaning against walls, learn to prune. It is not that hard once you get the courage to try it.
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